Gigan
Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes


4.0
excellent

Review

by GodL1ke USER (8 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Technical death metal well balanced between psychedelic intensity and melody.

There will surely be a certain amount of skepticism in the air when you hear about a band combining deathgrind with elements of psychedelia and technicality. You wonder whether these genres which sound complete in themselves will sound as good when blended together by the recently formed Gigan. But fear no more. Gigan’s second LP Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes is a serious piece of work. This is not your regular dose of tech death. This is precisely directed intensity.

Gigan have not treaded completely new territory with this album, but they have managed to combine their influences and blend them together into a very solid, convincing package. The songs are generally concise and never seem to drag on. In fact, at certain points the riffs are so catchy and addictive that you will be left wishing for them to play again. The guitar-work is certainly flawless and the riffs form a great core of the band’s sound. However, the band’s music is not dominated by riffs alone; instead, the music is dense and has an ever-present thick atmosphere which seemingly makes the album flow. Few bands in similar genres accomplish this and thus their songs are strong individually but the album doesn’t flow like a coherent piece of work. Gigan have accomplished this beautifully through smart use of atmospherics.

Even though the riffs are amazingly catchy, the highlight of this album is the drum work. It is so confident and dripping with variety that it almost transforms a very good album into an excellent one. Throughout most of the songs, the drums are usually the driving force. The bass is well done as well, but it seems like there wasn’t as much potential for the bass compared to percussion.

Overall, this album consists of good quality music driven by phenomenal drum work and psychedelic riffing. It is highly recommended for fans of death metal and especially those who seek a breath of fresh air in their music. It may as well go on to become the best tech death album of 2011.



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other reviews of this album
Karl V.H. (4)
While we all wait for the new Gorguts to drop, why not indulge your ears in this....

Thelungswarm (4.5)
The other review on here is short, this one explains the album more.. Gorguts mindfucking Lovecraft!...


Comments:Add a Comment 
GodL1ke
August 2nd 2011


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

c'mon don't let this album go unnoticed !

ProfessorVeerappan
August 2nd 2011


792 Comments


pscychedelic and tech death a convincing pact.

pizzamachine
August 2nd 2011


12571 Comments


lol these guys are so pretentious. POS!!!

GodL1ke
August 2nd 2011


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the pos. though i've never felt confident using the word 'pretentious' on my own to describe bands..can someone explain me a general criteria to come about to that conclusion?

DoubtGin
August 2nd 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh god those album and song titles

GodL1ke
August 3rd 2011


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha yeah, it's a little over the top

sexpoi
August 3rd 2011


599 Comments


this sounds like i would enjoy it. i love over the top music. good review

FR33L0RD
August 4th 2011


1464 Comments


I might like that; technical, melodic, psychedelic, metal sounds great for me.
Thanks for the flag.
Good but a little light review, pos vote anyway.

Yazz_Flute
August 16th 2011


18811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rapes. This is turning out to be my Fragmentary Evidence of 2011.

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GodL1ke
August 16th 2011


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Augury..hmm..i've been meaning to give them a listen

hatahs
August 31st 2011


140 Comments


They're gonna tour with Belphegor and Dark Funeral. Seems like they're probably the superior band on the lineup even though they're an opener

Yazz_Flute
October 29th 2011


18811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shit's crazy.

YUJOS
January 9th 2012


941 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review is good,pos'd, though it coulb be a little longer. The album is a mess.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

osmark86
January 22nd 2013


4420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quasi-Hallucinogenic, what an expression. you may or may not hallucinate to these tunes. album's ok, but will have to give it a few more spins.

Digging: Falls of Rauros - Believe in No Coming Shore

DePlazz
August 26th 2014


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digging this f****** hard, don't really know why. Must be the time of year, or: the method in the chaos!



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