Gigantic Brain
The Invasion Discography


4.0
excellent

Review

by John Anderton USER (27 Reviews)
December 21st, 2008 | 18 replies | 4,397 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If The Locust were any more insane, they'd be this guy.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

There comes a point in time during every music listener’s progression where they begin to think they have heard it all. People begin to think they’ve heard music that is as heavy as it gets, or as brutal as it gets, or most relevantly, as insane as it gets. However, everyone can relate to getting those idealistic tendencies shattered by a band you’ve never heard before, or even a band you’ve heard countless times before. We get the notion that nothing could possibly surpass our set-in-stone expectations, and whenever such an incident occurs, we are dumbfounded. Time and time again this happens. It’s one of the best parts of being an avid music listener. With that, I present to you the one man monstrosity that is Gigantic Brain, and the band’s debut album, The Invasion Discography. At 63 songs and almost an hour in length, this is one of the largest amounts of grind you will ever hear condensed into one package. Gigantic Brain is:

Every instrument (including what sounds like a woodblock!): John Brown

More a compilation of Brown’s work and less a cohesive album, The Invasion Discography is completely insane all the way throughout. Within its hour-long time-span, the listener can expect to get a break from face-melting grind about 2 minutes out of the whole ordeal. What sets apart The Invasion Discography from a painful experience is that Brown manages to be interesting all the way throughout. Splashed into his breakneck speed grind and million-mile-an-hour drum machine work are vaguely Nintendo-esque riffs, much like what you’d expect if Dragonforce didn’t suck. Keyboards play strange melodies, quirky notes, and leave a trail of ingenious ambiguity, much in the way that they are both necessary and unnecessary.

Unfortunately, Grind is not the easiest genre to endure for long durations of time. Twenty to thirty minutes is the average runtime of a grind release, with song-numbers often reaching ridiculous numbers. Add to this that grind often gets a lot of flak for their groan-inducing song-titles, and it can be a bit much to imagine an hour long concept grind compilation about the invasion of Earth and subsequent obliteration of the human race. Don’t be intimidated however. While ungainly upon first listen, Gigantic Brain will quickly dominate you into submission. The key is giving it a chance.

It’s quite evident from the start that Gigantic Brain is an album that feeds off of, (and relies upon) its own insanity to keep the listener interested enough to endure the whole thing. While most songs blaze by in just around a minute, each one has its own identity. Sometimes this identity is defined by a certain type of guitar playing; sometimes it is defined by a certain unorthodox instrument used. Whatever the case, after extended listening, the listener is able to pinpoint exactly which songs he likes best. This, perhaps, is The Invasion Discography’s greatest strength, in that it is both an album and a collection of songs. For this matter, I would recommend listening to the whole thing twice; once to hear it, a second time to find your favorite songs.

This is an album where everyone will be able to find something they like, no matter how much of it they dislike. Give it a shot. It’s like getting hit by a train every minute for an hour.



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Essence
December 22nd 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tried:

A. A short review
B. Not doing instrument by instrument

It's easily not my best work, but I like it for what it is.

EDIT: Wow bumped from the top after 5 secondsThis Message Edited On 12.21.08

bastard
December 22nd 2008



3435 Comments


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nice review.

Essence
December 22nd 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm working on that, and also the 63 retardedly long song titles.

EDIT: I can't get the picture to work D:This Message Edited On 12.21.08

fireaboveicebelow
December 22nd 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you need to find a jpg image

like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/undeadair/trash-hole/Giganbrain.jpgThis Message Edited On 12.22.08

Essence
December 22nd 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did D:

Strange, now it shows here but not on the front page.

fireaboveicebelow
December 22nd 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

JOM FIX IT

great review btw, the shorter approach resulted very well

Willie
Moderator
December 22nd 2008



15774 Comments


I like the shorter style. It was fine for this. I'll pos, but you know my thoughts on grind.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

Essence
December 23rd 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could write a ton more about this album, but it's just not necessary, since in a way, it is so simplistic.

fireaboveicebelow
December 23rd 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wish people would actually get this, I dont care for grind but love this record

Essence
December 24th 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Track 61 is like, the heaviest thing I've ever heard.

Wizard
December 24th 2008



18778 Comments


GRIIIIIIIIINDDDDDDDDDDDD YOUR HIPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Seriously, needs more grind (and butter). Nice, nice review.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Essence
December 24th 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Next review is grind also.

MikeySockbat
February 13th 2009



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy freeegin sheeeet!!! I juz got this album and I must say, I'm not really a fan of grindcore but this is quite interesting and the most insane shit I've heard in quite a while

Essence
February 13th 2009



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's some of the craziest stuff ever

qwe3
February 14th 2010



21154 Comments


tickling the exit wound is the only song ive heard by these guys. theres like a woodblock in there or sth randomly. shits awesome

Essence
February 28th 2010



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah that's basically the heaviest song on here, but the whole album sounds like that

jpattison
March 16th 2010



125 Comments


I've been working with John on a split together, he's a really cool and down to earth guy for making something this insane

foxblood
March 31st 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is ridiculous



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