Giant Squid-Cenotes (Translation Loss)
Wow, it actually feels as if more time has passed since Giant Squid last graced us with a proper LP…but maybe that’s just because 2009′s The Ichthyologist was so massive in scope and layered in execution, that we’re still discovering new aspects within its winding grooves to this very day.
At any rate, Cenotes follows things up quite well overall, presenting us with perhaps what is a quieter, more introspective Giant Squid, as opposed to the band who unleashed the schizophrenic mania of The Ichthyologist. While the guitars of vocalist Aaron Gregory are still busy-bee and progressive in nature, the grandiose cello playing of Jackie Perez-Gratz have taken on an even more dynamic role within the songwriting, trading off with Gregory to great effect on a track like “Snakehead.”
There are actually only five lengthy tracks with which to indulge here on Cenotes, yet each undergoes so many twists and turns that the album feels like a proper journey by the time it’s done spinning. The System of a Down comparisons, while not as prevalent here on Cenotes, still follow around Gregory as a singer, but this isn’t exactly a bad thing, as both Gregory and Gratz meld quite well together vocally, giving each song a dreamlike quality which seems to be Giant Squid’s underwater bread ‘n butter here, for sure.
Anyway you slice it, Cenotes shouldn’t disappoint fans of the band, although newcomers might actually want to begin their journey with The Ichthyologist and it’s crazy carnival ride.
Written by MetalGeorge