Giant Squid
Metridium Fields


4.0
excellent

Review

by fruteefly USER (2 Reviews)
March 20th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metridium is not the newest heavy metal, despite what this album concludes.

Giant Squid, hailing from the Nordic wastelands and seafaring villages of northern California, have, in releasing of their full length,"Metridium Fields" shaped themselves out of the mold of doomy sillyness and attempts to gain sympathy from their audience because of their orphaned status as a child and the Satanist habits of their grandparents or the usual gripe associated with the doom metal scene that so sickly preceded them within the confines of their genre, and have created a genuinely intriguing work spanning gaps between the ever expanding forefront of modern metal. Doom metal, but not in the aforementioned variety of the Gothic portrayal of life's virtues (or as they would be viewed- lack thereof),merely the "heaviness" presently associated with the labeling of the piece as such proves pertinent, and post-metal, if such a concept exists and every atmospheric variant created thereof inhabit the bulk of what becomes the album at hand. This formula as a creative method is no new tune, you may say, and I would wholeheartedly agree. A rather droningly excruciating method at that. Question being: What is a separator acting to prove Giant Squid as worthy of our attention versus the dreaded opposite? Two virtues: The album as Engaging, keeping your attention as it roars in, and when it has your testicles by the vice, the album as Solid/Meaningful, having something to offer when it's successfully earned your attention (as well it should, after all, you've paid.)

The Engagement:Skip the first minute and 8 seconds on the album. If it weren't compulsory to the experience and true critique of the album, i'd make such the act of avoiding such mandatory. The intro is insipidly useless, and the first fifteen seconds of the first song make it sound no better than a dope smoking tent anthem. Nevertheless, be dismayed not. Feel the organs swell; the transitions, swings; the odd instrumentation as it moves from backdrop to lead; the eerie quiet leading into the next track; the transcendence of the female vocalist breaking through the quiet; the peeling back and forth through the dissonance of melody. All noticeable, all engaging, all grandeur.


The Solidity and Fullness: Granted, the members of Giant Squid never grew up in such place as a Nordic fishing village, despite what may have inspired their name. The reflection of a blistering and howling, chastising blizzard barreling through their homely fjords far from what gives the life to the album. Yet, "Metridium Fields" still delivers in the grandeur of their content. Simply put, but the most attuned listener in my view couldn't fully comprehend the intricacies of a well respected replay. Bombarded are the masses of listeners with releases, sub par as they may be, that present themselves with the same face value as any replay would. Disappointing is this such occurrence. Naught is this what Giant Squid has done. As metaphorical a spin is provided with modern data technology, with every passing one, a new layer is unfolded. These intricacies, techniques, impregnating every phrase and measure with emotion; the kind that continues to call back it's listeners in earnest. Mood synthesizers and enhancers, all playing a role in the siren call of the album.

The Bottom Line: Giant Squid possesses and displays qualities necessary and conducive to great music making, and duly perform so. What now is necessary is their transcendence from such and to create classic music; memorable in longevity and meaning. In other words- Giant Squid's "Metridium Fields" is one of your top album's of the year -however not of all time-, but just in the doom/post - metal fashion.


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KYZAR (4)
Despite some flaws, Giant Squid deliver a heavy yet artistic post metal album....


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rasputin
March 20th 2009


14555 Comments


I like what you've tried to do with the review but a lot of your sentences, especially in the first paragraph, are extremely awkward. I have nothing against very long sentences, using them often myself, but the review's opening sentence reads terribly.

gaslightanthem
March 20th 2009


5209 Comments


Tbh this album doesn't do much for me, it barely makes 3.5. It's just so boring at times.

MassiveAttack
March 20th 2009


2688 Comments


Giant Squid, hailing from the Nordic wastelands and seafaring villages of northern California, have, in releasing of their full length,"Metridium Fields" shaped themselves out of the mold of doomy sillyness and attempts to gain sympathy from their audience because of their orphaned status as a child and the Satanist habits of their grandparents or the usual gripe associated with the doom metal scene that so sickly preceded them within the confines of their genre, and have created a genuinely intriguing work spanning gaps between the ever expanding forefront of modern metal.

Am I right? Thats all one sentence? Break it down a bit, it feels choppy like rasputin stated.

BallsToTheWall
March 20th 2009


44805 Comments


Does Jackie Perez Gratz play on this album because I love what she did on the new album from Giant Squid and Grayceon.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

KYZAR
March 20th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumped my review fag... lol just kidding it was my first review and it sucked, and this is better.

(And so my monopoly on reviewing Giant Squid ends...)
This Message Edited On 03.20.09

thebhoy
Emeritus
March 20th 2009


4461 Comments


Giant Squid, hailing from the Nordic wastelands and seafaring villages of northern California, have, in releasing of their full length,"Metridium Fields" shaped themselves out of the mold of doomy sillyness and attempts to gain sympathy from their audience because of their orphaned status as a child and the Satanist habits of their grandparents or the usual gripe associated with the doom metal scene that so sickly preceded them within the confines of their genre, and have created a genuinely intriguing work spanning gaps between the ever expanding forefront of modern metal.


try...

Hailing from the Nordic wastelands and seafaring villages of Northern California, Giant Squid have attempted to distance themselves from the cliched ridden pack of average doom metal bands. Their full length debut (I'm assuming this is what you meant?), "Metridium Fields", executes a unique approach to the genre that bridges the gaps of the ever expanding frontier of modern metal.

Or something like that. It's less passive and awkward.

Also I have no desire to listen to this.This Message Edited On 03.20.09

fruteefly
March 20th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback.
I'm thinking of going back and just making more independent clauses and semicoloning it up.

>.>



BallsToTheWall
March 20th 2009


44805 Comments


Thanks for not answering my question. Now I guess i'll have to search out and read other reviews and then acquire the album.

fruteefly
March 21st 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God forbid that I happen to miss you question and you have to go ALL THE WAY to wikipedia.

TRMshadow
July 10th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Why do I think of a young Steve von Till whenever I hear this band?

The Ichthyologist SLIGHTLY better than this. Both are 4s but this is like a 3.9 and Ichty is like a 4.1

telebyrd
August 6th 2011


869 Comments


does the last song REALLY need to be that long? I was enjoying this album until this marathon riffage prompted me to write this comment.

Inveigh
October 19th 2011


25123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the title track here is massive

not quite as good as Icthy but definitely close, can't wait to hear the new one

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

Tyrael
October 19th 2011


20948 Comments


The new one is like ice cream for your ears

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Inveigh
October 19th 2011


25123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I've been hearing nothing but good things

hopefully gonna jam it today

octopus3000
November 1st 2011


24 Comments


You just sound like pretentious douchebag. Why don't you try taking some of those paragraph sentences and shortening them down? You sound like a freshman in college who just figured out how to use a thesauras.
For example: "Doom metal, but not in the aforementioned variety of the Gothic portrayal of life's virtues (or as they would be viewed- lack thereof),merely the "heaviness" presently associated with the labeling of the piece as such proves pertinent, and post-metal, if such a concept exists and every atmospheric variant created thereof inhabit the bulk of what becomes the album at hand"
Basically, all you said there was that the album is atmospheric and post-metalish. Just please, don't write like a dick.

WatchItExplode
November 16th 2012


3303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Neonate is awesome. These guys just keep growing on me.

WatchItExplode
February 22nd 2013


3303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed

Necrotica
June 10th 2014


10064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quite a masterpiece

WatchItExplode
June 10th 2014


3303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yup...new album soon

Medtridium Field is probably the only 20min song I never tire of.



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