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GIGAN

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • United States


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GIGAN are technical and extreme progressive metal band from Tampa, Florida consisting of Eric Hersemann (guitar, bass, lyrics/concepts), Randy Piro (guitar, vocals, theremin), and Danny Ryan (drums, percussion). GIGAN was formed in early 2006 by left handed lead guitarist Eric Hersemann (DIABOLIC, HATE ETERNAL) and decided to create his own musical entity. He grew tired of the standard extreme metal clichés and created a band to express his own and his band mates imaginations.

The band released an EP "The Footsteps of Gigan" in 2007.

In 2008, the band released their debut album "The Order of the False Eye" on Napalm Records with a multi-album worldwide deal.

Sally Gates (bass) is currently playing with the band during live sets.

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GIGAN's musical experience consists not only of aggressive intelligent speed, cosmic soundscapes and abstract technicality, but the band also concentrates on the live presentation of their concepts. Magick influenced psychedelic is undoubtedly a lyrical focus to their songs inspired by misanthropy and the supernatural. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are very highly recommended.

Bio prepared from their myspace page.

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Willowtip 2013
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Willowtip 2011
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Napalm Records 2008
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3.87 | 4 ratings
The Order Of The False Eye
2008
3.67 | 3 ratings
Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
2011
3.50 | 2 ratings
Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super Science
2013

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Footsteps Of Gigan
2007

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 The Order Of The False Eye by GIGAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.87 | 4 ratings

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The Order Of The False Eye
Gigan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars After emerging from the chaotic primeval lava pools that spawned other surreal metal mayhem in the form of pioneer bands like Gorguts, Mithras, Portal and Deathspell Omega, the power trio who adopted the name GIGAN, the prime nemesis that made Godzilla have very, very bad days, released their debut EP 'Footsteps Of Gigan' but quickly followed up the following year with their first full length album 'THE ORDER OF THE FALSE EYE' on Napalm Records. This band is a power trio from Tampa, FL who can deliver a massive inundation of chaotic sound that gets lumped into the world of technical death metal mostly due to the usual death metal techniques such as insane growling vocals accompanied by heavy distortion all gussied up with palm muting, tremolo picking and the ubiquitous blast beat percussive drives however GIGAN have found a way to merge these aggressive extreme metal attributes into the surreal world of psychedelia with traces of electronica and drone noises to paint a surreal sonicscape upon which to display their extreme metal creations.

The trio consists of the seasoned veterans left-handed guitarist / bassist and founder Eric Hersemann (Diabolic, Hate Eternal), Randy Piro (vocals, guitars, theremin) and Danny Ryan (drums and percussion.) The music heard on 'THE ORDER OF THE FALSE EYE' is the type of surreal metal madness that could drive the uninitiated utterly mad as the unrelenting noisefest is the name of the game only to be broken by periods of oscillating electronic pulses that seem to be the driving underpinning of the intergalactic journey and lyrical fascinations that GIGAN takes us on not dissimilar to the 21st century thrash metal kings Vektor. The opener 'Undead Auditory Emanations' displays GIGAN's full metal regalia displayed in relentless pummeling riffs and blast beats trading off with technical jazz drumming wizardry in strange new ways that keep the pace fast and driving with snarling angry vocals and Hersemann's unique spastic guitar slides and technical bass workouts.

'THE ORDER OF THE FALSE EYE' is one of those albums that didn't win me over upon a listen or two. No way. This one required a multitude of listens to allow its abrasive nature to percolate under my skin and only after nailing my attention span to the wall did it at last penetrate into my consciousness. This is not an album of catchy riffs or predictable song structures in any way, shape or form. This cacophony is almost formless in nature with only a solid rhythmic pulsation driving the music from beginning to end which finds itself most noticeable with the non-metal segments utilizing electronica and theremin sounds to create an ambient and oscillations of noise. Likewise the aggressive nature of the extreme metal simply flows over these underlying elements and creates a very bizarre stream of consciousness to say the least. Call it no wave metal if you will.

Upon first listen it does come off that the tracks don't have enough variation to them but dig beneath the surface and it's quite the opposite. While tracks do sound quite similar in the dynamics and tempos on display, the compositions actually have quite the variation of mangled and jarring progressively laced death metal riffs that have a blackened veneer with a psychedelic frosting which occasionally emerges from the din to send the listener into a pacified trance before the pummelation of the extreme metal once again arises from the abyss. This album consists of eight vocal tracks that are indeed quite similar in stylistic appearances but offer different glimpses into their psychedelic take on extreme metal and consist of 2/3 of the album. The final ninth untitled track is a 21 minute plus sprawling surreal metal fantasy instrumental which focuses on the pulsating electronics and abrasive guitar weirdness with lots of sliding and alienating licks while the drums exhibit periods of techy jazz outbursts and many moments of simple rhythm maintenance. This album was a hard one to win me over but it finally has and remains one of the absolute strangest of the strange in the extremities of surreal technical metal. Highly recommended for adventurous listeners who love to hear things that they had never even considered possible.

 The Footsteps Of Gigan by GIGAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Footsteps Of Gigan
Gigan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars GIGAN (ガイガン) was the daikaju (大怪獣 daikaijū?, giant kaiju) or giant monster that was the first to inflict some serious damage on Godzilla in the classic 1972 film Godzilla vs. GIGAN. He was a strange chap with that identifying buzz saw on his torso and nice piercing metallic hooks for hands that actually made Godzilla bleed. Well, lo and behold this band can inflict the same audio damage and to be honest, GIGAN is the perfect name.

This Tampa, FL death metal band formed in 2006 but is anything but old school. In fact i wouldn't even call this death metal despite that being the usual tag. This is extreme metal all the way. While death metal sounds are aplenty, there are also black metal, thrash metal and most of all avant-garde metal aspects well at play. GIGAN could accurately be called an experimental extreme metal band because they have an unusual unorthodox mix of things and in this case, that's a good thing!

The band released their EP debut FOOTSTEPS OF GIGAN in 2007 and totally in character the 13:56 mini-release actually begins (and ends) with footage from the Japanese film and then breaks into intense deathcore type guitar riffage and majorly intense drum workouts on the short intro instrumental title track. The second track "Severed Spider Legs" breaks into an angular rhythmic attack with death metal vocals joining in and creating an intense tech metal workout in the process. This is hard to swallow metal with jangly distorted guitar chords, jazz influenced progressions and off-kilter time signatures that alternate between extremely aggressive passages and psychedelic intermissions. In fact, i would actually categorize this madness as psychedelic extreme metal for it mixes up tech metal extremities with psychedelic and chaotic counterpoints.

What really comes to mind with GIGAN is that they somewhat remind me of Deathspell Omega's major leap into the progressive extreme world with "Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum," which actually came out the same year so it's unlikely influence was in play but GIGAN seems to have developed simultaneously a similar chaotic display of extreme metal that could take more accessible aspects with totally unfamiliar and strange developments to create some very jarring and bizarre earache music.

The cool thing about FOOTSTEPS OF GIGAN is that although it is under fifteen minutes long, the blueprint of GIGAN's sound is already laid out here. While Deathspell Omega cries out to me as the closest metallogical relative here, GIGAN had already developed their own avant-garde tendencies including the hyperactive slide-guitar freakiness that appears as a distinct sound on future albums. Strange for a metal band GIGAN also uses the theremin which adds some bizarre psychedelic embellishments to the unrelenting metal assault. The music mostly stays in the extreme metal world but the band incorporates strange psychedelic passages and at times mix the two extremes together. I love this debut and this is well worth getting / hearing because the three tracks on this early demo turned EP have not been included or re-recorded on their other albums thus far.

Thanks to Plankowner for the artist addition.

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