Review Summary: Gojira, meet Gigan!
Gigan bring something new to the grindcore table with their first full-length, "The Order Of The False Eye". The term "psychedelic" gets thrown around a lot when discussing Gigan's style, and psychedelic grindcore isn't really that far off. Guitarists Eric Hersemann and Randy Piro have written some truly knotty riffs and balance it quite nicely with some fretboard wankery. Althought this isn't really technical death metal, it is still apparent that these guys can play their instruments. Not only that, but each member displays a unique style in regards to each respective instrument. Drummer Danny Ryan shows off his mastery of the blast beat throughout the entirety of the album. Perhaps the song that best exemplifies the members' unique styles is the 20 minute untitled track that closes out the album. When hearing this song it becomes pretty apparent that these guys definitely like to get high and jam. Aside from the music, lyrically this album is pretty interesting as well. Once again they demonstrate their love of illegal substances with song titles such as "Space Coffin Hallucinations" and "Interstellar Inversion Of Consciousness". Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment is the bands mature songwriting. These guys know how to write heavy songs that also happen to be catchy. There are many memorable guitar parts contained in each track. To see a band with songwriting chops this great this early into the career is a real eye opener. It is a rarity to listen to a grind album and be able to remember certain parts from each song. Gigan have managed to achieve this feat on full length album #1.
One of the easiest qualities of the album to overlook is the production. On this album, Gigan acquired the assistance of none other than Sanford Parker. Mr. Parker over time has established himself as one of the premier extreme metal producers. His work is consistently impressive and this album is no different. Even amongst the chaos that is Gigan, one can still hear the details contained in the drumming and guitar work. One of the reasons this release rises above most other recent grind albums is because it sounds great. All that's left to say is: buy this album! Get high, strap on your headphones, and enjoy the trip. Beware! Gigan's next album could be a masterpiece. (Oh yeah, and they are clear descendants of Gorguts. But that is never a bad thing.)