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Gigan’s “Elemental Transmography” Is Not Of This World


In philosophy, the principle of Occam’s Razor states that in any given situation the simplest explanation is usually correct.

Based on that logic, progressive/technical death metal outfit Gigan must secretly be spiders from outer space. All due respect to Ziggy Stardust, but based on the psychedelic nebular mind-fuck tendencies of their first three full-lengths, mastermind Eric Heresmann (ex-Hate Eternal) and company have to all possess extra limbs. Nothing else makes sense.

Gigan’s fourth album Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence might be the strongest argument yet for their extraterrestrial origins. A nearly hour-long excursion to the furthest reaches of time and space, the album sounds light-years beyond the comprehension of mere humans, right down to song titles like “Ocular Wavelengths’ Floral Obstructions” and “Hideous Wailing of the Ronowen During Nightshade.” For all the technical ecstasy, though, the music still retains a surprising degree of catchiness and accessibility.

On “Elemental Transmography,” which we’re premiering below, the fluid time signatures and abrupt shifts between dissonant and melodic riffing may initially induce a state of disequilibrium for the listener. However, once the cochlear fluids start to adjust, certain patterns begin to appear. They could be ancient celestial rhythms, or possibly the songs of fractals. Only the creators know for sure. For the Earthbound, Gigan’s music represents the closest any of us will likely come to surveying the cosmos. Play it loudly while experiencing the total solar eclipse and become one with the universe.

Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence will be available on September 15 via Willowtip Records.

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