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Giant Squid pulls you beneath the waves with their new disc Metridium Fields. -- ectomag.com

Strange name aside, Giant Squid will be big contenders for the top in 2006 -- Dan ‘Big Metal Dude’ Beer - Metalocity

1. Megaptera in the Delta
2. Neonate
3. Versus the Siren
4. Ampullae of Lorenzini
5. Summit
6. Eating Machine
7. Revolution in the Water
8. Metridium Field

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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B000GW8PR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miss N. Thrope on March 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Every year or so a band shows up out of nowhere and surprises you. Giant Squid is a concept album/band based on mythological ocean creatures and scenarios. Formed by a husband and wife team (Aaron and Aurielle Gregory), the sound is rather 70's progressive rock with elements of doom metal and spaced out synth pop.

Other reviewers have compared lead singer Aaron Gregory's voice as sounding a lot like Serj Tankian of System of a Down. However there are many moments when he blends his voice with that of his wife, and the result is mellow, pleasing and quite reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" days. The comparisons with "System" and "Floyd" can only stop at this point, since it seems that musically "Giant Squid" draws on so many sources that they could be only described as "unclassifiable". Confused reviewers are referencing bands like Isis, Neurosis, Pelican and Tool. I get this. This band could sound like a combo of all (and perhaps none) of these. In any case, Giant Squid have a very progressive vibe that cannot be ignored. The music incorporates very unusual instruments like Trumpet and Hammond Organs, Middle Eastern drums and other eastern horn sounds make their appearance here and there (very noticeable in track 2 "Neonate"). There are plenty of downtuned metal guitars for some good doom/stoner moments as well.

The band makes songs that never stay in one place for long. There are eight tracks on the album, two of which are "noise" tracks that are under a minute apiece ("Megaptera in the Delta" and the amusing "Eating Machine"). All the other tracks run over 5 minutes, and are rather unpredictable in their direction. Third track "Versus the Siren" begins with a soft vocal duet and evolves into a complex lament involving a muted trumpet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. sanchez on February 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Apologies but this was one of the most original pieces of work that I listened to.

At times it would remind me of Isis or Red Sparowes, with strange but very audible and comprehensible male vocals. I don't know if this could be considered metal because its just so fused with other genres, so to speak.

Here is what makes this album a masterpiece, THE SONGWRITING. Amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yahtzee on October 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Seriously, I bought this on a whim with no preconceived notions and have been unable to remove it from the player for nearly a month now. The overall structure is expansive, droning, and really pretty simple musically, but it creeps into your soul with an ocean of crashing/fading dynamics & doesn't let go. I've found other releases from The End Records to be overproduced, but that's not the case here-- there's a sludgy warmth that will appeal to fans of Isis, Jesu, Pelican, Neurosis, etc. The male vocals are incredible and remind me of System of a Down, only much less overproduced, much less pop-metal, never at all silly, and wonderfully sunk back into the mix more like Isis. The female vocals are more scant & remain elusive, swirling around behind the mix like an apparition. The vocalists' dynamics work as well the angel/maniac dynamics of the Pixies. The uplifting, building-to-climax darkness works as well as it does for Tool. There are really just 6 tracks on here (2 are intros), but it still feels like an epic. Tracks 1 & 7 are the best, so check those out first. If I have any complaint, it's of the length of the final track, which pounds on with its single (but cool) riff for over 20 minutes, probably about 10 minutes too long IMO. And the band name too, not really my favorite-- makes me expect something goofier and/or more prog. Fortunately not the case. If you like the other bands I reference in this, I don't see how you couldn't like this. 4.5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sweet on November 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I knew nothing about Giant Squid, but I like most of what I've heard from The End Records, so I gave it a try. The musicianship is solid and the lyrics are interesting. Overall, it sounds *a lot* like Neurosis covering a System of a Down album.

There aren't any guitar solos, and some tracks are instrumentals. The songs are long (and slow) enough to build a deep mood. Occasionally, like on the closing title track, it goes on too long and sounds like a jam session where the band keeps going until someone throws in a cool keyboard line. If you want to "sink into" the music, like with Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, this CD is a must-have.

"Metridium Field" is a chill-out album for headbangers. It relies on a slow burn and depth of mood, instead of speed and flash. I would've enjoyed a *little* more tightening and structure in the songs, but that's just my preference rather than a good/bad assessment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snow Leopard on November 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Giant Squid are sometimes referred to as doom metal, and there are certainly spots where they sound like that, plus almost ever-present dreamy female vocals (which itself is not that uncommon in doom metal it seems). Since there are so many comparisons in other reviews to different bands that are currently out, the point of this review is to try to avoid comparisons (I think they often sound like the Russian funeral folk doom metal band Vo Skorbyah ... how unhelpful is that, and yes that's really their genre, and yes I recommend them), but rather to describe the shapes and textures and sounds of the songs themselves. As a result, there are frequent contrasts, between aggressive metalish moods, and dreamier, wavelike ones. Almost always, the mix is very close up over your frontal cortex, and layered far into the back, and even in the more aggressive portions have a swaying, oceanic feel and sound justifying the label of stoner metal as well.

It's trite to say that Giant Squid have their own unique sound, but I have to say Miss N. Thrope has it right by saying that the apparent influences seem passing, incidental. In other words, if you are buying this because someone says they're reminded of System of a Down, don't. Similarly, this is not 70s prog; it may have the variable instrumentation (including Theremin, banjo, and the remarkably versatile Juno-106) and some of the song length that 70s prog was famous (or notorious) for, but of Tull, Genesis, Yes, Kansas and even more obscure byways of 70s prog, there is nothing of the sort here. The craftsmanship and musicianship are nowhere as complex (and I don't mean that as a bad thing) to begin with, plus the doom metal elements have no 70s prog analog.
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