"Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science"

By Dr. Abner Mality

I've been waiting on this for quite a while. Gigan's last release "Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes" messed with my brainwaves pretty intensely...I am not usually a fan of extremely technical death metal, but that sucker was so over the top and sounded so different from anything else I've heard that I was won over. There's a lot to be said for bands that have a unique sound.

So here comes "Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super-Science". Well, at least their penchant for long-winded verbiage remains intact. The music, though...well, that I find mildly disappointing. I don't want to say this new one is a "conventional" release, but it definitely sounds more composed and less crazed than "Quasi-Hallucinogenic..." That would often be an advantage, but not with these guys. The difference is obvious with first song "Beneath the Sea of Tranquility", which has a lot of mind-bending guitar dexterity, but the pace is mid-tempo and the song is easy to digest. I actually like it, but it's not the more warped Gigan I was expecting.

Throughout the album you hear plenty of odd time signatures and spider-like drumming, but not quite as brain-smashing as before. The music is enjoyable but not quite as weirdly memorable. When we get to later cuts like "Cosmic Triangular Communications" and "Gibbering Hordes of Zemiath", things get faster, more intense and more shredding. Last track "Bio-Engineered Molecular Abnormalities" brings us into soundscape territory and mixes sci-fi weirdness into the pot.

This year, it's a pretty foregone conclusion that Gorguts is gonna take home the tech-death prize, but Gigan is not to be overlooked. Just don't expect the utter insanity of "Quasi-Hallucinogenic...", though.