Sunday Soundcheck: Set 041

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This week...

Giant Squid

Cenotes - 2011

The Ichthyologist - 2009

Metridium Fields - 2006

Origin Point:
United States

Sounds Like:
Post Metal, Sludge, Post Rock, Avantgarde, Experimental, Progressive, Doom Metal

Giant Squid is one of those acts that are practically impossible to categorise. Their salty, oceanic blend of sludge and doom-laden rock and a scatter-shot approach to instrumental selection and vocal delivery produces a varied sound that refuses to wear thin, even after repeated listens.

Their first release, Metridium Field, was first published in 2004 but was re-worked and re-released in 2006 through The End Records as Metridium Fields. It carries a frantic and dense aesthetic which is outstanding in parts, but it was their second release that brought it all together in a perfect blend of acoustic, almost-ambient sections and hammering metallic passages, all entwined with a sinuous, progressive thread of composition.

The entire second release - particularly from Throwing A Donner Party At Sea onwards - is essential listening, along with Neonate, Ampullae Of Lorenzini, and Summit from their début. However, I prefer the original versions of these three tracks to the re-worked ones present in the album link above; these newer recordings have been 'cleaned-up' somewhat, and in that process they've also been sanitised. The sludge-laden originals are a much more visceral, involved listen, and are definitely worth rooting out.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.

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ParallelDeviant's avatar
From the "Sounds like" tags - I was actually expecting something really different - But as you so rightly said in your opening line, "they are practically impossible to categorize" Thanks a lot for yet again another worthy entry for your Sunday Soundcheck.  :clap: :iconloveandmusic: