Confusion of Tongues (New Song)
Ballad of the Beast
So Cormorant basically are the greatest band ever. That's all you need to know. Go buy everything from them because they are one of the finest metal bands on the planet and are all very nice people who are really genuine. All of the new stuff was absolutely bonkers and so much more varied than Metazoa. Throughout their set I was thinking between Jethro Tull, Whiplash-esque thrash sections, beating doom riffs and death metal. One of the new songs was introduced as Confusion of Tongues, which is the most bitchin' track ever, my favorite of the new ones I heard. Their sound convalesced into a rainbow of happiness and smiles, where all who heard them were instantly made happy. In seriousness, though, Metazoa is one of my favorite albums of all time and this new stuff sounds better. A lot better. Plus, seeing them throw in Ballad of the Beast is just insane, a song I thought they would never do live.
La Brea Tar Pits
Throwing a Donner Party at Sea
Revolution in the Water
* = New
So basically Giant Squid are the second greatest band ever. Okay, no, I'm not that lazy, but I'm going to gush over this band too. I was a little bit queasy about hearing the new Giant Squid material, because I was so afraid they wouldn't be able to live up to the excellent The Ichthyologist and the even more excellent Metridium Fields. Fortunately, they did, but in a much different way. The new material was heavy. I mean, really fucking heavy. It was like those moments at the end of La Brea Tar Pits and Neonate heavy, but the whole way through. Jackie continues to be an inspiration as a cellist, and her presence has become one of the defining characteristics of Giant Squid. So all of Cenotes was quite a treat, as was hearing two live staples in La Brea Tar Pits and Donner Party, but hearing Revolution in the Water was surreal. They played a last song that was labeled on the setlist as 'Rain' but I was unable to recognize it from anywhere. Also, I never thought I'd see the day where Neonate wasn't in the setlist, but it wasn't.
I had a great talk after the show with Arthur, where I thanked him for being such an awesome musician. He was legitimately thankful, and that was nice to see. He said he recognizes me for promoting his band online and that took me way by surprise. I live for shows like this.