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Giant Squid
Metridium Fields
The End

Rating: 7/10 ?

February 22, 2007
Metridium Fields has been around for awhile now, but not in its current form. After all, Giant Squid, as a band, has endured numerous changes in the past year that have, in turn, impacted the music they've recorded.

Even if the album and song titles are all the same, the 2006 version of Metridium Fields, which was originally issued in 2004, is a different ballgame. With that initial release the death metal act attracted the attention of The End Records (one of those labes where every band has its own font/logo), who promptly re-released the debut as a fitting beginning to the new relationship. However, original members Mike and Tim Conroy soon departed, leaving the band treading water. When Ghetto Princess's Scott Sutton and Kimberley Freeman came on board to fill Giant Squid's empty seats the inevitable learning curve came into play, and somewhere along the line remaining members Aaron Gregory and Bryan Beeson came to feel that Sutton and Freeman's contributions had altered the very nature of the material, and the album was completely re-recorded.

So it could be said that this incarnation of Metridium Fields has been a long time coming, and it should be said that the refinished product proves itself worth the wait. "Neonate" haunts as much as it rocks, with decent melodic sensibilities rising above the heavy distortion and riffs, a rock opera tune that serves as the album's highlight. Other tracks, like the moribund "Ampullae of Lorenzini," evoke 80s metal comparisons, while "Revolution in the Water" is slightly reminiscent of System of a Down.

All in all, Giant Squid has somehow created an engaging metal album that defies the normal categorization of such bands, allowing them to find an audience in post-rock fans of all kinds.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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