Giant Squid – The Ichthyologist
A number of years ago, when I first heard System of a Down’s debut, I didn’t really like it initially. It took me quite a few listens to get past Serg’s voice. However, once I did, it quickly became one of my favorite albums and I have grown to really like his voice, I think its one of the most distinct and powerful in music today. I had a similar reaction to The Mars Volta. Both bands, however, featured excellent musicianship that complemented the distinct vocals.
The Ichthyologist fall into that same category, Aaron Gregory’s vocal are a bit different, but they are backed by excellent music. It’s hard to really classify bands like this. They have very progressive elements, but also have post rock and jazz, as well as metal tendencies. Add the strings, an occasional horn and the unique male and female vocals, and you end up with quite an interesting sound.
What really makes this band stand out is the songwriting and the arrangements. Quite often bands will start throwing in all these different elements to create a prog sound; and the music just becomes cluttered and uninspiring. Giant Squid add these various elements, but they tend to be worked into the music and the songs are arranged so that these elements all add to the overall sound.
~ by silentium1 on October 6, 2009.