The Ichthyologist

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The Ichthyologist
Studio album by Giant Squid
Released February 3, 2009
Recorded August 2008
Genre Doom metal
Progressive metal
Length 63:48
Label Independent
Transition Loss Records
Producer Matt Bayles
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The Ichthyologist is the third studio album by post-metal band Giant Squid. It was released on February 3, 2009, independently by the band, limited to 1,000 copies in special packaging. The first 50 pre-orders also include a real Broadnose sevengill shark tooth collected by singer Aaron Gregory from the large tunnel tanks at Aquarium of the Bay at San Francisco, California, where he worked at the time as a professional SCUBA diver. Fans started receiving pre-orders in late January 2009.

The album is a concept album about a man stripped of humanity and left alone with nothing but the sea in front of him. He adapts in inhuman ways to survive the shock of human loss and total emotional tragedy, becoming something else entirely in the process. It has been greatly implied that these adaptations were in the form of transformation in to a marine seastar like mutation, adopting their abilities of regeneration, and strange anatomic features, such as possessing two stomachs, and light sensing eye-like organs on the tips of their appendages. This story line was continued in the follow up 2011 EP, Cenotes, and is hinted at in the 2014 release, Minoans.[1]

The album was re-released on Translation Loss Records featuring four completely re-mixed songs as well as new artwork by Sam Kieth.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Panthalassa (Lampetra tridentata) – 5:50
  2. La Brea Tar Pits (Pseudomonas putida) – 7:28
  3. Sutterville (Vibrio cholerae) – 4:08
  4. Dead Man Slough (Pacifastacus leniusculus) – 5:33
  5. Throwing a Donner Party at Sea (Physeter catodon) ft. Karyn Crisis – 5:40
  6. Sevengill (Notorynchus cepedianus) ft. Anneke van Giersbergen, Lorraine Rath – 7:10
  7. Mormon Island (Alluvial Au) ft. Kris Force – 6:39
  8. Blue Linckia (Linckia laevigata) – 7:13
  9. Emerald Bay (Prionace glauca) ft. Cat Gratz – 6:11
  10. Rubicon Wall (Acipenser transmontanus) – 7:59


  • Cat Gratz is cellist Jackie Perez Gratz's sister.
  • "Throwing a Donner Party at Sea" is a remix of a similarly named song from the Monster in the Creek EP.


  1. ^ Written by band member and lyricist, Aaron John Gregory