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Giant Squid -CENOTES – Record Review by Phil Chevron

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Giant Squid -CENOTES – Record Review by Phil Chevron

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Giant SquidCENOTESTranslation Loss Records– Music Review by Phil Chevron (philchevron@gmail.com)

The band bio points out that his band is somewhat of a hidden nugget of joy that fans like to keep close to their cockles and not share with others. Hand it over, Goddamn it! This album was released in September 2011, and I’m sure this late review is not going to change how people already feel about the album, or make the hording fans of theirs share another spotlight on their band with others either. But, I get paid to listen to music and write reviews, so here goes. (ed.note- he doesn’t get paid)

Where this album really gets me, and it’s where I’m sure most people will find joy in it, is where the band picks up the moody tempo and begins banging it out a bit. Not to say that the slower tempo moody parts of the songs are not good set-ups. They are, it’s just nice that there is a pay off for the build up. I don’t mind the walk up to the place as long as I’m going to cum at the end.

Also, let’s be honest, without that awesome cello and some other nice tidbits (did I hear a sitar in there?), this would be just another standard progressive rock album. It’s really what sets it apart for me, the cello parts are mesmerizing and a bit haunting in their delivery. Never lose the cello. The cellist on this album, Jackie Perez Gratz, understands her instrument and it’s place on this album. Not only does it add atmosphere and mood to the album, but it drives it in places and I’m glad it took the wheel for a while.

Now, it’s only five songs, but it is 35 minutes and there was never a time when I thought, okay when does this song end? Soon? No, this band understands the messages they are trying to relay and although brevity may be the soul of wit, this story needs a few extra stanza’s. The stories never get stale even though the running times on some songs are over 5 minutes.

I’ve listened to this album more than ten times, I like to do that when I review a record, it’s probably why I only do about five or six a year. I think I’ve got a good feel for this one. I think anyone who likes metal and hard rock with some touches of the dramatic and maudlin will want to check this out. I think anyone who likes music would be good with this release as well, because it’s not a band that is going to bore you with long drawn out empty passages about being a dim wit fuck stick from the back woods of Indiana. Sit down with this one, let it soak in, and do some light reading or play a game on your iphone, it’s a nice companion piece. It gives a certain atmosphere and is never intrusive.

*Phil Chevron can be reached at philchevron@gmail.com. He is the producer for SLTM (The Podcast) and has been doing so for all 130 episodes. He likes Corndogs, Eric Powell’s Goon Series and Lawn Darts.

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