Gigan, Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 10.15.13 in Reviews

Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery And Super Science

Fierce and uncompromising

The third full-length by Chicago-based progressive death-metal trio Gigan is as fierce and uncompromising as you’d expect from what’s basically a one-man band at this point. Sure, multi-instrumentalist Eric Hersemann, formerly of Hate Eternal, has vocalist Eston Browne and drummer Nate Cotton there to do his bidding, but as the last founding member remaining, there’s no question that his vision is the one being expressed, in its purest possible form. What that amounts to is an avalanche-like death metal roar, his guitar and bass riffs tumbling over each other unceasingly with only occasional relief provided by squealing solos or brief interludes of sci-fi/space-rock drones. The album opens with its longest track, the nine-minute “Beneath the Sea of Tranquility”; once you’ve survived that, the rest is an easy glide by comparison, though the music stays as dense as a dwarf star throughout the seven savage beatings that follow. Listeners seeking choruses or breakdowns should just keep moving, but those who like their death metal inhuman, loud as a jet engine and thick as tar will find Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science one of 2013′s most exhilarating albums.