GIANT SQUID
Avant-garde Metal / Sludge/Post-metal • United States

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Giant Squid is a post-rock band from San Francisco, California, currently signed to Translation Loss and Vega Vinyl. They were previously signed to The End Records.

The band was originally conceived in 2002 in Sacramento, California, after the core members, Aaron Gregory (guitar, lead vocals), Bryan Beeson (bass guitar), Bill Hughes (guitar), and Aurielle Zeitler (keyboards, vocals), had already been playing in Northern California under the monikers Koi and Namor. The band self-released its debut album Metridium Field in 2004 through its own record label, Tyrannosaurus Records. Metridium Field contained re-recorded versions of the songs "Revolution in the Water" and "Ampullae of Lorenzini", two tracks originally released locally in 2001 as a two-song CD under the band's previous name, Namor, which featured Dave Reynolds on drums.

Recording of Metridium Field started in February 2003, and now included Jason Divincenzo on drums. In addition to the two aforementioned songs, the album
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.. Album Cover 3.18 | 6 ratings
Metridium Fields
Avant-garde Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 3.16 | 7 ratings
The Ichthyologist
Sludge/Post-metal 2009
.. Album Cover 4.41 | 8 ratings
Cenotes
Sludge/Post-metal 2011

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Monster in the Creek
Avant-garde Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Giant Squid/Grayceon split 7"
Avant-garde Metal 2007

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GIANT SQUID Cenotes

Album · 2011 · Sludge/Post-metal
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Giant Squid's Cenotes presents five compositions which haver on the borderline between sludge metal and post-metal, with Jackie Perez Gratz on cello adding an intriguing texture to the material. The introduction to the first track, Tongue Stones, has an almost gothic quality to it, presenting stentorian vocals over a cello-dominated musical backing, and the doomy sound once the metal kicks in underscores that, whilst fans of technical or progressive metal styles will appreciate some of the more virtuoso passages here. In short, the band have cooked up a post-metal feast which will appeal to a broad range of metal fans rather than singing to the post-metal choir. I don't think it quite attains full-on classic status but I certainly don't think you'd be wasting your time to give it a try unless you have an especial distaste for technical or experimental metal styles.

GIANT SQUID Monster in the Creek

EP · 2005 · Avant-garde Metal
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UMUR
"Monster in the Creek" is an EP released in 2005 by US experimental rock/ metal act Giant Squid. It is Giant Squid´s second release (not counting the self-released "Revolution in the Water/Ampullae of Lorenzini" single from 2001)and was released through the Tyrannosaurus Records label before the band got signed to The End Records label. Giant Squid´s debut album "Metridium Field (2004)" (which was also released though Tyrannosaurus Records) was re-recorded in 2006 and released as the band´s first effort for The End Records. I haven´t listened to the original version of "Metridium Field" so "Monster in the Creek" is actually my first encounter with the band´s music. This might be an EP but the running time is 34:43 so there´s lots of quantity as well as quality on this release.

The music on "Monster in the Creek" is post rock with occasional nods toward post metal. The music features both male and female vocals which add great diversity to the atmosphere of the songs. The mood ranges from melancholic, to aggressive to at times almost happy (just listen to "Lester Stillwell"). In addition to guitar, bass and drums there are some very dominant keyboards featured in the songs. Those keyboard motifs give the songs some of their unique sound IMO. The male vocals have an emo edge to them and it took me some time to appreciate them but when Aaron Gregory sings in a more aggressive style he reminds me of Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Lard...etc) and the song "Throwing A Donner Party" actually has some punk leanings. There are some really beautiful sections in some of the songs as well and I would like to mention Aurielle Gregory´s singing in the songs "Monster in the Creek", "Dead Man's Creek" and "Dare We Ask the Widow?" as one of the highlights on the EP.

The musicianship is excellent. This is a really well playing band.

The production is solid but nothing out of the ordinary.

"Monster in the Creek" is a great surprise to me and I will definitely seek out the rest of Giant Squid´s discography too. A 3.5 - 4 star rating and a big recommendation from me is deserved. An excellent adventurous release from a very promising band. I can´t wait to listen to more.

GIANT SQUID Metridium Fields

Album · 2006 · Avant-garde Metal
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Metridium Fields is the debut album of the US band Giant Squid, a highly original gathering whose name brings both Giant Sand and Gentle Giant to mind. The music isn't really similar to those bands, but nevertheless it shares the rough and tattered desert vibe from Giant Sand and the highly eclectic mix of styles from Gentle Giant.

While the record easily impressed me at first, the attraction didn't last. The immediate attraction came from the unique sound of the album, created by mixing the brutal post-metal of Neurosis with more gentle indie rock touches, with the jazzy vibe of King Crimson’s Islands album and a free experimental attitude. So it has all the ingredients to deliver an explosive cocktail. But…

The reason why I grew tired of the album is because it misses passion. No matter how intense the vocalist tries to deliver, the musicians leg a few leagues behind. At no point on this album do I hear anything interesting from the musicians. Especially the heavy guitars never go beyond stereotype Black Sabbath riffing. Also the drums are pretty basic. The soft guitars and accompanying instruments work better, but at its heavy moments this album is craving for a streak of fire.

Metridium Fields is a promising album but not one I kept playing a lot. Giant Squid returned with another album 3 years later (The Ichthyologist), where they brushed up the flaws of the debut and where their songwriting and sound works a lot more convincingly. I suggest you start there.

GIANT SQUID The Ichthyologist

Album · 2009 · Sludge/Post-metal
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Phonebook Eater
When I found this album around in prog archives, I thought I should give it try. It's not a bad album, but many times it falls down to a low level, especially in the second part of the album.

"The Ichthyologist" sounds a lot like, thanks to the fuzzy and heavy guitars and the desperate sounding vocals( many times it sounds like " System Of A Down", music from the bottom of an ancient ocean,or a deep, deep hole in the earth. The first track is the best one of the album, "Panthalassa". Absolutely love the guitars, so crude and violent, the drums really give the sensation of archaic. Even the second track is really good, longer than the first one, even this one is violent, aggressive in many points, calm in other. The two following tracks are very mellow, like all the second part of the album, and not really worth the mention for me.

"Throwing a donner party" is another great song, really worth the listen, with a catchy chorus, always being faithful to their more aggressive style.

The second part of the album is REALLY disappointing, I could barely finish the whole thing. Is it just me, or are Giant Squid not so good in writing ballads and mellow songs? Anyway, I didn't like it at all, in one word: Boring!

In conclusion it's a good album, with nice ideas, but even bad ones. I know they could have done a much better work.

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