Vertebrae not required
January 16, 2008 11:45 AM Subscribe
Massive, sprawling, jarring
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, yet soothing, intimate, and inescapable.
Listening to Giant Squid is like waking up to find yourself trying to escape from underneath a mile-wide sheet of lake ice. Featuring stark contrasts between soothing instrumentals and oceanic heavy riffs
, intertwined with male/female vocal harmonies that are alternately calm and frantic, Giant Squid creates a dynamic that is haunting and irresistible.
Any bands that list, "creatures with gills, though vertebrae are not necessary" among their influences is cool by me. Their MySpace
features recordings from their latest EP, as well as their album Metridium Fields
. Doom metal has never been this seductive.
Unfortunately, the videos above from the Austin show were Giant Squid's last show with their Metridium Fields
lineup- lead singer/guitarists Aaron Gregory and Aurielle Zeitle, married in 2005, have since parted ways, and Aurielle has parted with Giant Squid. They have re-emerged as a four-piece, with a new line-up featuring the addition of a cello player. This video
shows them playing in '07 with this line-up. According to Gregory, the band is currently on break from touring to write material for a new album.
Giant Squid were quite honored to play with their idols (and my heroes) ISIS
at that Austin show. This fan-made video for the ISIS epic "Dulcinea" is totally awesome.