You know there’s been a sea change when a Florida metal band moves to Chicago. It must be the weather. Welcome, Gigan
, oh ye of the gloriously self-aggrandizing manifestos, hilarious promo pictures, and weird-ass logo that looks like it belongs on an air conditioner—and thank you for making music of absolutely devastating richness that belies all the aforementioned foolishness. Hate Eternal veteran Eric Hersemann, wielder of a gajillion instruments, is the driving force behind this band, so I suppose he can pick up and move wherever he wants. Gigan’s brand-new third full-length, Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science
(Willowtip), produced by Sanford Parker, is their first with vocalist Eston Browne; drummer Nate Cotton has played with Gigan onstage for a few years. The album’s intricate whirlwind of progressive death metal spins itself up out of the grave and into the kind of outer space you find in demented psychedelic science fiction—and it makes the trip without losing an ion of density. I could describe all the specific spots where this record chews through your head like a sharknado, but I just don’t want to spoil them for you. —Monica Kendrick Gigan also plays an in-store at Reckless Records on Milwaukee on Sat 10/19. Reign Inferno, Imperial Savagery, and Kataplexy open.