Origin: Sacramento, California, USA  
Genres: Progressive Metal, Doom Metal
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Page online: May 27, 2007
Last update/review: October 8, 2018

Giant Squid

Odd band name? Check. Strange song titles? Check. Albums released on The End Records? Check. At this point, one might have a pretty good idea of what to expect, namely something predictably unpredictable in the world of eclectic, proggy art-metal, perhaps akin to fellow The End artists such as Age Of Silence, Subterranean Masquerade, or Head Control System. But while Giant Squid's style was indeed difficult to pigeonhole, they don't sound at all like any of those bands, nor are they as prone to mixing odd genres. Metridium Fields, their The End debut (and re-recording of their self-released 2004 debut, the similarly-titled Metridium Field), might almost qualify as progressive doom, as the songs are long and drawn-out, the riffs ponderous, and at times the pacing is similar to the current crop of atmospheric hardcore bands, except vocally the Squid goes in a different direction, with the (then) husband-and-wife team of Aaron and Aurielle sharing clean vocal duty quite effectively, though often not in a traditional metal sense. This is epic, imaginative, sprawling, and extremely interesting progressive doom rock/metal, excellently done and very highly recommended listening. A mutating lineup survived until 2015, at which time they decided to pack it in. Most of the guys soon picked up in another odd band, Squalus.

Last Lineup

Jackie Perez Gratz

vocals/cello (Grayceon)

Aaron Gregory

vocals/guitars (KhĂ´rada, Squalus)

Bryan Beeson

bass (guest for Squalus)

Andy Southard

keyboards (Squalus)

Zack Farwell

drums (Grayceon, Squalus)

Former Members/Guests

Aurielle Gregory

vocals/guitars

Bill Hughes

guitars

Tim Conroy

trumpet

Jason Divincenzo

drums

Mike Conroy

drums

Chris Lyman

drums

Scotty Sutton

drums



Discography


Metridium Field  
2004 self-released
  1. Megaptera in the Delta
  2. Neonate
  3. Namor Versus Siren
  4. Ampullae Of Lorenzini
  5. Summit
  6. Eating Machine
  7. Revolution in the Water
  8. Metridium Field
  • Aaron Gregory
  • Aurielle Gregory
  • Bill Hughes
  • Bryan Beeson
  • Jason Divincenzo



Monster In The Creek  
2005 self-released
  1. Monster In The Creek
  2. Dead Man's Creek
  3. Age Of Accountability
  4. Throwing A Donner Party
  5. Dare We Ask The Widow?
  6. Lester Stillwell
  • Aaron Gregory
  • Aurielle Gregory
  • Bryan Beeson
  • Andy Southard
  • Mike Conroy



Metridium Fields  
2006 The End
  1. Megaptera in the Delta
  2. Neonate
  3. Versus the Siren
  4. Ampullae of Lorenzini
  5. Summit
  6. Eating Machine
  7. Revolution in the Water
  8. Metridium Field
  • Aaron Gregory
  • Aurielle Gregory
  • Bryan Beeson
  • Tim Conroy
  • Mike Conroy




The Ichthyologist  
2009 The End
  1. Panthalassa
  2. La Brea Tar Pits
  3. Sutterville
  4. Dead Man Slough
  5. Throwing A Donner Party At Sea
  6. Sevengill
  7. Mormon Island
  8. Blue Linckia
  9. Emerald Bay
  10. Rubicon Wall
  • Jackie Perez Gratz
  • Aaron Gregory
  • Bryan Beeson
  • Chris Lyman




Cenotes  
2011
  1. Tongue Stones (Megaptera megachasmacarcharias)
  2. Mating Scars (Isurus metridium)
  3. Snakehead (Channidae erectus)
  4. Figura Serpentinata (Pycnopodia sapien)
  5. Cenotes (Troglocambarus maclanei)
  • Jackie Perez Gratz
  • Aaron Gregory
  • Bryan Beeson
  • Scotty Sutton




Minoans  
2014
  1. Minoans
  2. Thera
  3. Sir Arthur Evans
  4. Palace of Knossos
  5. Sixty Foot Waves
  6. Mycenaeans
  7. The Pearl and the Parthenon
  8. Phaistos Disc
  • Jackie Perez Gratz
  • Aaron Gregory
  • Bryan Beeson
  • Andy Southard
  • Zack Farwell




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