"Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Listening to Gigan is akin to being engulfed by an avalanche of broken glass. It's like having your brain extracted from your head and shoved into a wormhole leading to the other side of the galaxy. Note the title of this little opus...NOT an exaggeration, humanoids!

For those who are disappointed by the new Morbid Angel or who think maybe Origin is not crazy enough, Gigan will fill the gap. This is technical death metal that is so warped and speed-crazed that it verges on being completely psychedelic. The brutality is ever present and the heaviness is relentless, but there's something about the cascading arpeggios and effects-drenched guitar tones of tunes like "Transmogrification Into Bio-Luminoid" and "Mountains Perched Like Beasts Awaiting the Attack" that kind of goes beyond what we traditionally think of as death metal. It's hopeless for me to describe the breathless assault of time changes and angular's best just to throw yourself into the rapids and let them dash you on the rocks. It's exhausting as hell, sometimes monotonous, but always in motion.

Don't confuse these guys with Brain Drill, because they can keep a grip on structure way better than that band, despite being in the same ballpark. I'm not sure where Gigan comes up with titles like "Vespelmadeen Terror" or "Suspended In Cubes of Torment" but I'm not sure I want to know, either!

Prepare for utter cortex disintegration!