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Giant Squid - Metridium Fields (-/10) - USA - 2006

Genre: Post Rock
Label: The End Records
Playing time: 60:26
Band homepage: Giant Squid

Tracklist:

  1. Megaptera In The Desert
  2. Neonate
  3. Versus The Siren
  4. Ampulae Of Lorenzini
  5. Summit
  6. Eating Machine
  7. Revolution In The Water
  8. Metridium Field
Giant Squid - Metridium Fields

If you have the guts to call your band GIANT SQUID the music has to be at least interesting. And while I expected some sort of crushing and groovy Stoner/Doom, which GIANT SQUID is not, the music still is anything if not interesting. Actually, this is the ideal record for those who just listened to a thousand mediocre and blatantly unoriginal Metalcore/Gothenburg/Melo-Black-Death etc records - as GIANT SQUID is anathema to those.

 

But how on earth does one describe what “Metridium Fields” is then? Let’s start with the atmosphere: it is totally bleak, lonesome and emotionless in the same way JOY DIVISION can be; it’s just brought in a totally different way. Then the whole album is like one big song, there are different tracks but they all flow together effortless. And even within those songs there are many different emotions and dynamics present. I’ll just say that most of the album is very slow paced but whenever the speed picks up, there will be a climax eventually, very intense and emotional at times.

 

To create this empty feeling a lot of repetition in the guitars is used, but they also allow the guitars to breathe, there don’t always have to be riffs. And between the riffs there are subtle bass sounds, as well as very creative keyboards. The vocals range from whispering parts to desperate screams, female vocals with an ethereal VED BUENS ENDE sound and pretty standard Alt Rock singing, if something like that exists. Much like they keyboards they perfectly enhance the mood and thus create intense music.

 

The title track of this album has all these aforementioned elements emphasized times ten as this monster track runs over 20 minutes. Build completely on one rhythm “Metridium Field” slowly comes to a climax multiple times with the build-up containing every element you’ve heard in the other songs.

 

A very inaccessible piece of music that is still very rewarding to listen and it will unfold even more of its genius after multiple, concentrated listening sessions. Highly recommended to all fans of MOGWAI and other depressive Avant-Garde geniuses. (Online September 27, 2006)

Milan Elkerbout



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