Squalis are a band from Northern California that plays a mixture of sludge, doom metal, punk, synthwave and post hardcore and this is a review of their 2017 album "The Great Fish" which will be released in September by Translation Loss Records.
Clean playing along with some atmospheric synths start off the album along with some grim yet melodic vocals while all of the musical instruments sound very powerful and they also mix in with the heavier sections of the music and at times the vocals bring in more of an aggressive sludge approach.
Elements of post hardcore can also be heard in the bands musical style at times while some songs also bring in psychedelic touches and when the music gets more mid tempo it brings in the raw energy of punk rock along with the faster sections of the songs bringing in a small amount of blast beats and some tracks also bring in a small amount of spoken word samples and as the album progresses the music gets more avant garde and one of the tracks is very long and epic in length.
Squalis plays a musical style that takes sludge, doom metal, post hardcore, synthwave and avant garde music and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Squalis are a very great sounding mixture of sludge, doom metal, punk, synthwave and post hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Flesh, Bone And Rubber" "Jack The Ripper" "The Orca" and "He Ate The Light". 8 out of 10.