Now I’m not a fan of Grindcore by any means, but occasionally there is a band that incorporates Grindcore elements that does it in just such a way that I can’t help but love it. GIGAN does this. Combining Grindcore and Death Metal elements together through a Progressive lens doesn’t sound all that appetizing to my Heavy Metal appetite but their blending and style is…well…brilliant.
“The Order Of The False Eye” (their debut album) is quite the follow up to their surprisingly good EP, “Footsteps Of Gigan”. Slightly shorter tracks and less of the Progressive tempo changes, this debut album has GIGAN focusing down their style to near perfection. Of course, the band still sounds like a Death Metal chaotic train wreck through the Twilight Zone (although odd sounding it's much cooler than that description) and “The Order Of The False Eye” is damn impressive.
At first though, this album is not going to sit well. It’s sporadic and chaotic and my first listen was one of disorientation and confusion. Riffs will radically change into odd rhythms and drumming will start and stop without much warning. The guitar leads really steal the show with strange note combinations, odd structures, and chaotic bursts of speed. In fact, there are some noises and notes that GIGAN plays that I had no idea a guitar was able to do let alone call musical. Throw in a Death Metal vocalist that isn’t afraid to pull back and push forward with the surges of music and the end result is some of the strangest and awe inspiring music I’ve heard this year.
There are times when the band goes overboard with their oddities. The “Untitled” last track clocks in over 21 minutes and has almost no structure and sounds like noise that some satellite picked up in orbit. But luckily it’s the last track and it doesn’t throw off the major portion of the album. But really there isn’t much to pick and pull out of the music because its purposefully made to be radically different – and it just works.
This is not music for fans of mainstream Metal at all. In fact, I don’t think anyone is going to love this album on first listen. But once you get it…you GET IT and you will realize how ridiculously cool “The Order Of The False Eye” is.
Songs to check out: “Occult Rites Of The Uumpluuy”, “Imprisoned Within Duality”, “Interstellar Inversion Of Consciousness”.
(Online July 26, 2008)