Gigantic Brain – World

Gigantic Brain World:

This seems like a recipe for disaster: a one man cyber-grind band that’s lyrical matter is about space and science fiction. Surprisingly, this album works pretty well. It blends slower, trancy tracks, like Aphex Twin’s ambient works then abruptly cut to ferocious grindcore blips in the style of Agoraphobic Nosebleed. At first this is really jarring and seems to kill the flow of the album, but after a second listen this jumping works and adds to the atmosphere. Still one wishes there was a better segue way between the two. The musicianship is top-notch, with Brain having a good grasp of how to balance noise with the melodic, which is shown on the first track “We’ve Reached The Stars.” The only other problem with this album is the vocals are a bit over-effected. Hopefully Gigantic Brain’s next album will be a bit more cohesive since the idea here is executed well, but could be taken another step.

Angus MacLise-Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

Angus MacLise Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda:

Equal parts avant-garde drone, indian classical, and psychedelic. MacLise and his collaborators create trance inducing music with eerie chanted vocals and random explosions of sound and intense percussion. The poor recording quality, negatively effects the music in a big way. On many tracks several instruments will barely be audible. An interesting listen, when you can actually hear whats going on.

Rating: 10/15 electric shamans