Gigantic Brain
I Swallow 16 Red Planets


5.0
classic

Review

by AnimalsAsSummit USER (25 Reviews)
April 27th, 2017 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Easily one of the greatest grind releases ever. Gigantic Brain throws out the script and crafts a masterpiece.

Gigantic Brain began in 2000 as an experimental one-man grind act headed by John Brown. The band took to the underground scene with their first official release The Invasion Discography in 2004, which included many bizarre sci-fi influences that brought their sound to the very edges of recognizable 'grindcore', and this album gained them noticeable notoriety in the grind scene. After a long break, the band released 'I Swallow 16 Red Planets' on Grindcore Karaoke to the tune of silence, as the band's popularity seemed to have diminished severely since their 2004 breakout album. I'm going to attempt to explain why this is one of the biggest tragedies I've come across in the realm of extreme metal, and why this album deserves nothing short of everyone's attention.

To get an idea of what 'I Swallow 16 Red Planets' sounds like, one should first refer to the title itself; if you can imagine the literal sound of some monstrous space organism floating about the cosmos, consuming planets, you can get a sense of what you're in for here. What is presented is a sci-fi "soundtrack" of sorts to this strange futuristic planetary destruction, and it sounds absolutely insane. Roaring synths accompany electronic drums pads and oceanic guitar riffs, creating a seamless mesh of noise, space rock, post-metal, and electronica influences. And of course, good ol' grind. These styles melt into each other, often creating a sound that is very difficult to fit into a single genre label.

Now, ambition alone does not make a work of art. What sets this album above everything else in the genre is it's ability to be simultaneously brutal and gorgeous. As roaring alien/ robot screams tear their way across dizzying riff after riff, the melodic and atmospheric core of the songs never falter. Not even once. Every song on here has moments of beauty and majestic sounding grandeur that propel the album into another realm. The end result is something extremely pure, while also being completely foreign to the known musical landscape.

'I Swallow 16 Red Planets' is an towering achievement for avant-garde metal. It manages to create something wholly unique in the midst of the modern era, where influences are all to easy to fully embrace. John Brown seems very much in control of the story he wants to tell and the atmosphere he wants to create here, and it is so completely different than anything done before that he seems to do so without effort. If you are a fan of ambition in music, then look no further than this release. It could also easily appeal to many who are not fans of the genre, as it is extremely abstract and intriguing music that does not resemble normal metal.



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AnimalsAsSummit
April 26th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i have legit been jamming nothing else for the past 3 weeks..... holy mother this is something special

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50iL
April 26th 2017


5016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I NEED THIS

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50iL
April 26th 2017


5016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Downloading this ish rn

AnimalsAsSummit
April 26th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awww fk yeah interested in what yall think

AnimalsAsSummit
April 27th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this brain is biggest

TVC15
April 27th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goddammit where can I find this

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AnimalsAsSummit
April 27th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well for jamming its available on grindcore karaoke's bandcamp and for dling it just takes a google search and some digging

TVC15
April 27th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It isn't on bandcamp ;-;

AnimalsAsSummit
April 27th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

grindcorekaraoke.com/album/i-swallow-16-red-planets



try that

TVC15
April 27th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shit tysm. I typed in the album name and the record label and couldn't find any results

rodrigo90
April 27th 2017


5169 Comments


Galactus FTW!!!!!!

rodrigo90
April 27th 2017


5169 Comments


This site needs more comic references

Spacesh1p
April 27th 2017


7669 Comments


This is pretty interesting.

rodrigo90
April 27th 2017


5169 Comments


The album, the band or galactus?

AnimalsAsSummit
April 27th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is THE galactus album tbh



ay no prob tvc

bnelso55
April 27th 2017


1323 Comments


Solid review. Good work! I might not get to this today, but I definitely want to hear this. Will jam soon.

AnimalsAsSummit
April 27th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks bnelso, youll probably like this to some degree! lots of space-magic happening on here

TVC15
April 28th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck

P0laris
April 28th 2017


369 Comments


Nice review dude.

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AnimalsAsSummit
April 28th 2017


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks polaris



@tvc did this successfully consume your mind? your brain is probably giant rnow







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