Ok, so Gigan return with their 3rd full length and I real feel this is their strongest material yet. I did not think it was possible to top their 2011 release Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes, yet somehow they have managed to do it. Playing a somewhat similar style to the above mentioned bands, and while I feel the new Gorguts album is amazing and the new Ulcerate is even better…guess what….shhhh, go and tell everyone…the new Gigan album Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science is better than both. Part of the reasoning behind this, for me, that I swear Gigan come from a different dimension. There are bands out there that fall into the tech-death metal category and a lot of those bands will have album covers that are related to space/science fiction and some of those bands are spectacular. Howfuckinever, Gigan truly encompasses a sound that feels and sounds like it was created in space by some ancient alien race on a planet far removed from our beloved Earth. Whether it’s the sounds that founding member Eric Hersemann can create with his guitar, the original sounding blasts and rolls in the drum department or the splendid original vocals of new singer Eston Browne, that has some effects at times to create some robotic effect, it all comes together in such a mind bending way that really destroys from beginning to end.
Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response begins with an amazing sounding high pitched guitar riff that is so absurdly amazing and catchy at the same time. New drummer Nate Cotton sounds like a man possessed on this track and at the 2.53 mark one must only listen to those bludgeoning drum rolls building up to such intensity before unleashing a blast that gets into the grind territory. You must hear it to believe it. Some killer soloing that Eric throws in a minute later that sounds like it was recorded in a black hole in space. At the 5.25 mark there is some stunning vocals growls/sounds panning from speaker to speaker that sounds plain menacing. This part, kinda the song structure, has an older Voivod feel to it as well, think Killing Technology sound/arrangement and than the song fades out. Mother of Toads and Gibbering Hordes of Zemiath all have some creative blasting, guitar riffs and the vocals are outstanding.
The entire album actually is special and this is due in part of not only the amazing songwriting, but the production. Not everything is clear, the band going for a rawer sound, but you can make out all the individual players on here and the vocals are recorded in such a way that makes them sound as more of an instrument than anything else. The album has menace throughout and this is due in part to the production
and when I say this is a true space sounding record, I mean that only as a compliment. Gigan are special in that the music not only stays with you and you hear new things with each spin, but also because they challenge the listener to explore the darker, more depressive areas of their mere soul. One of the best releases of 2013, by far, with one of the best album covers this year, too! Close to perfection. Buy or get swallowed by a space vortex!!!
SCORE: 9.5 out of 10
Album: Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science
Record Label: Willowtip Records
Release Date: 10/15/13
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Giganmusic
1. Beneath the Sea of Tranquility
2. Influence Through Ritualistic Projection
3. Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response
4. Mother of Toads
5. Obsidian Sun
6. Cosmic Triangular Communications
7. Gibbering Hordes of Zemiath
8. Bio-Engineered Molecular Abnormalities
For Fans of: Gorguts/Ulcerate/Voivod
Stand Out Tracks: Influence Through Ritualistic Projection/ Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response/Mother of Toads[/box_dark]