Gigan
Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (81 Reviews)
August 10th, 2011 | 20 replies | 3,944 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While we all wait for the new Gorguts to drop, why not indulge your ears in this.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Before you all get your pants wet with the summary statement, let me just inform you that Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes is indeed a marvel of the tech-death world that seems to be either a hit or miss whenever I stumble upon a new release (you either love it or hate it if that makes anything more clear). Two of the worst things that people complain about within the genre are the mindless noodling antics and absolute waste of talent that takes favour to riffs that are about as dry and grating as licking sandpaper. Take for example the list of bands here: Abysmal Dawn, Revocation, Carnifex, The Faceless, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, pretty much anything that’s part of the dreadful Sumeriancore Label scene) – bands that falter from all of the mentioned above attributes + breakdowns. Looking at the brighter side of things, technical death metal done right sounds untouchable in it’s approach to musical chops as well as a good sense of song-writing, atmosphere, and memorable riffs with plenty of dynamics to boot. Take for example the list of bands here: Atheist, Gorguts, Ulcerate, Gorod, old Cryptopsy, Demilich – bands that have thrived off these qualities as well as created some of the greatest albums to preach the genre. As for QHSL, I bet you’ve already figured out by now where this fits into.

Not to be confused as a bona fide classic, Gigan are still a force to be reckoned with and can still slap the *** out of most musicians - particularly lead song-writer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Hensemenn who has a knack at creating tricky walls of chaos within the realms of death metals mighty technical blasts. Opener “Mountains Pearched Like Beasts Awaiting the Attack” slams on a wicked atmospheric bombardment before leading into a frantic alarm of grooving tech-death that really seems to dive in and out of all sorts of off-the-wall riffage and mind-***ingly fast rhythmical dynamics. After listening to this jumble of ideas, the rest of the album goes by at a blurs pace despite a few of the tracks elongated playing times. It’s not until around the fourth or fifth time through that these tracks begin to come together and make a bit more sense. As well if you’ve made it this far, an appreciation for the amount of detail unfolds revealing a treasure chest of golden ideas that come in the forms of crafty, dynamic song structures such as “The Raven and the Crow” serpent-like meandering, atmosphere galore (album opener takes the cake on this one), and nuanced detail to filling in the gaps where breathing space is barely present in the instrumentation (pretty much every song on the album).

Revving up on all musical fronts since their 2008 debut The Order of the False Eye, Gigan – particularly Eric Hensemenn - has created a densely dynamic, technical death metal album that not only serves as reminder that uniqueness does indeed exist within the realm of new and upcoming tech-death bands, but potentially Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes could be followed up with an absolute masterpiece.



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

GodL1ke (4)
Technical death metal well balanced between psychedelic intensity and melody....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Wizard
August 10th 2011



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I love this album.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Pyosisified
August 10th 2011



2450 Comments


get rid of the second summary

AfterTheBreakdown
August 10th 2011



7106 Comments


pos'd review. cool band.

Hawks
August 10th 2011



33352 Comments


Hmmm sounds interesting.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2011



8221 Comments


Nice review Karl, gonna get this one along with the new Gorod EP then if it's as good as you say.

Digging: Metsatoll - Karjajuht

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2011



17328 Comments


Might check this out but i usually despise most tech death.

Pos'd.

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

Ending
August 10th 2011



1859 Comments


Favorite Godzilla monster gets band name.
Goes to listen to album with favorite Godzilla monster's name.

Nice review as always.

GodL1ke
August 11th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay 3 reviews for this, album is so dearly loved : )

well written as always, pos

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



17114 Comments


this is cool


Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

Derkyle
August 11th 2011



168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like me some tech-death! I've always meant to check this band out, but I've never actually got around to it. Any resemblance to Fleshwrought or is this more standard death metal?

Derkyle
August 11th 2011



168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not too bad. A little too spastic for me and it has a psychedelic feel to it that I'm not sure I really like. It's good though, but I wasn't expecting this. I would almost classify this as grind rather than technical death metal.

Wizard
August 11th 2011



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you went slightly into bro-mode, Wiz.

bro-mode? I will get around to fixing that up.

It's good though, but I wasn't expecting this. I would almost classify this as grind rather than technical death metal.

Grind is way more straightforward than this.

Thanks for the kind words people.



Motiv3
August 11th 2011



8410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds excellent, will check out at some point.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



15977 Comments


I know you rec'd me this a while ago but i still haven't gotten around to it (haven't gotten around to much of anything since my computer died) but this review will make me check it out asap. Good that you're still finding the time to write.

Digging: Tiamat - Wildhoney

Wizard
August 13th 2011



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have another one still on the go for M8L8TH's Unbreakable Faith, hopefully I can get that up with the next year or two hahahaha.

Wizard
August 14th 2011



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second paragraph sounds like you went slightly into bro-mode, Wiz. Also some awkward phrasings in the same paragraph;

Fixed it up so it reads better. Also, I have no idea what was wrong with this:

"the rest of the album goes by at a blurs pace"

Tyrael
August 14th 2011



20394 Comments


Man this album is awesome. Good review.

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

jingledeath
August 16th 2011



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn this is pretty good.

Sunn177
July 2nd 2012



285 Comments


If these guys take Tech Death in the same kind way as Ulcerate does I definitely need to check this out soon.Great review.

Digging: Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World

Wizard
July 2nd 2012



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Same vein as Ulcerate but still fairly unique.



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