THE ICHTHYOLOGIST (2009)
Giant Squid's sophmore release and breathrough album, The Ichthyologist, garnered massive critical acclaim around the world. Engineered, mixed, mastered, by Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon, Botch), the ten song album clocks in just over an hour, and will pull you through massively dynamic ebbs and flows of crushing heaviness and heartbreaking tranquility. Featuring guest appearances by Anneke Van Geisbergen (The Gathering), Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Ephel Duath), Kris Force (Amber Asylum, Neurosis) and Lorraine Wrath (Amber Asylum, Worm Oroborus.) Featuring incredible artwork by legendary comic book illustrator, Sam Kieth (The Maxx, Wolverine, Batman).
Conecptually, this record is told through the thoughts of the album's protagonists, a man stripped of his humanity and left with nothing but the sea in front of him, evolving quickly into a story about adapting in inhuman ways to survive the shock of human loss and total emotional tragedy, becoming something else entirely in the process.
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"The Ichthyologist - One of the 100 most essential albums of the decade. #15 of 25 top albums of 2009" - metalreview.com
"The Ichthyologist is, for lack of a better term, a grand fucking slam. Sublimely textured but crushingly heavy, deep as the ocean at its heart and yet instantly approachable, this is more than a great metal album—it is a beautiful work of art, by any standard. Even after writing this review, I can’t wait to listen to it again, and I’ll consider it a gift from the heavens if I hear another album even close to as good as The Ichthyologist this year." – metalreview.com
"An encompassing and engrossing sensory trip." - Terrorizer Magazine
"The Ichthyologist invokes the elemental force of Neurosis, the cinematic scope of God Speed You Black Emperor, and the attitude of punk rock" – Revolver Magazine
"Musically, however you view The Ichthyologist, it's a massive undertaking with layers of instrumentation, voices, sonic moods, waves and textures, presenting a life affirming twist on the light-dark, up-and-down, seesaw post metal style.".. - Decibel Magazine, 2009