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9/10 Avi
 

GIGAN - Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery and Super Science - CD - Willowtip - 2013

Normally, we do not judge the sonic quality of recordings based on mp3 (PR people: that's one of the main reason why we prefer actual discs), but here in the case of this new release by Gigan we have to make an exception: this sounds monstrously huge!

 While we often have reservations regarding the staying power of extreme metal, there is no denying that Gigan leaves you, as a listener, stricken as if you were just nuked. Mainly, it's the drums that do the job: they are brutal, rumbling like the pits of hell with overriding cymbals that keep you alert. It's a relentless attack, fronted by gnarring vocals, which does not stop. Well, at least until the fifth track - "Obsidian Sun."

 It is more or less on that track that the psychedelic, extreme metal bash makes way for a growing experimentation with atmosphere, interspersed with some finely textured yet equally alarming guitar hooks - a trend which continues on the subsequent numbers. You need not worry - the drums are still there, but there is a spicy vibe that is refreshing to the inferno. This is just the way an intense listening experience should be built and maintained!

Gigan are less accurate than Meshuggah (intentionally we believe), but they are not any less overwhelming, and the psychedelic twist is a feature that gives the band a character truly its own. (9/10)

 

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ISSUE 75
ALBUM REVIEWS

(B-D)  (D-G)  (G-H)  (I-M)  (M-S)  (S-T)  (U-Y)

DEMOGORGON
Where is He...?

DOUBT
Mercy, Pity, Pe

EMPTY DAYS
Empty Days

FIVE-STOREY ENS...
Not That City

FORLORN CHAMBER...
Unborn and Holl

FROM BENEATH BI...
Monolith

GARDARIKA
Chthonica

GIGAN
Multi-Dimension

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