Psychedelic death metal? That's kind of the name of the game with Chicago's Gigan, as their latest release for Willowtip Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery And Super Science (some title huh?) bridges the gap between early '70s Hawkwind and the dense, crushing death metal of acts like Nile and Immolation. If that sounds like an intriguing combination, it certainly is, as wooshy synths blip & bleep over waves of pummeling extreme metal riffs, drum blasts, and snarling, evil vocal growls. With a few albums under their belt now, Gigan seem to be really perfecting their craft, as tunes like "Beneath the Sea of Tranquility" (hey, I like the sound of that title!) and "Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response" offer up just enough psychedelic space rock-isms to offset their crushing death metal attack. They can do technical thing too, as on the blazing "Influence Through Ritualistic Projection", complete with intricate drum fills and pummeling, weaving guitar riffs, and "Mother Of Toads" is as brutal & complex as anything you would normally hear from Obscura or Spawn of Possession. Some of the menacing soundscapes on "Gibbering Hordes Of Zemiath" are truly ominous, so kudos to the band for coming up with some varied sounds to complete their crushing, technical assault here.
It's safe to say that Gigan have really been onto something unique these last few years, and Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery And Super Science just sees the band continuing on with their brand of death metal/space rock in a big way.
1. Beneath The Sea Of Tranquility
2. Influence Through Ritualistic Projection
3. Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response
4. Mother Of Toads
5. Obsidian Sun
6. Cosmic Triangular Communications
7. Gibbering Hordes Of Zemiath
8. Bio-Engineered Molecular Abnormalities