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Metridium Fields

Giant SquidAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 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: #200,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10th on my best of 2006 list 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Shit 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe how much I like this October 8, 2006
By Yahtzee
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 70's prog metal, though it drags in spots 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, A MASTERPIECE! November 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying this is one of the most wonderfully produced CD's I've ever heard. I am a big fan of Jason Rufus Sewell's production work and he did not fail Giant Squid. The songs are epic journeys staying true to the dark nautical theme. The production really makes the music unique. The drums and guitars particularly aren't what you would expect from songs this heavy. I LOVE IT! If you like ambient dark drawn out metal with beautiful melodies you will love this CD. I would most liken this band to Isis, Unicorn Rescue Squad, Mogwai, and yeah, I guess I hear a slight vocal similarity to System of a Down at times. JASON RUFUS SEWELL RULES!!!
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