GIGANTIC BRAIN — The Invasion Discography

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Boxset / Compilation · 2004

Filed under Grindcore
By GIGANTIC BRAIN

Tracklist

1. Negotiations Lead to Instant Death (The Government Is Obliterated) (1:01)
2. The Humans Military Confidence Lead to the Death of Them All (0:56)
3. The Most Gruesome Scene in the History of Mankind (1:28)
4. Underpiglet Crawls the Earth at High Speeds Eating Anything with a Heartbeat (0:55)
5. In the Beginning (0:36)
6. Burrowed in Bodies (0:40)
7. The Eight Horned Beast (0:35)
8. The Grizzly Impalement, One by One (0:48)
9. Our Armies Fail (0:48)
10. Dehumanize (1:00)
11. We Become the Earth (The First Stampede) - (Castlevania Nes Cover) (0:46)
12. My Family, Crushed (The Second Stampede) (2:26)
13. Not a Beating Heart, Not a Babies Cry (1:45)
14. Cities, Shelled Out (1:21)
15. Exo-Brain (0:04)
16. Exo-Destroyer (0:05)
17. Exo-Girl (0:23)
18. Ingrin the Freak (Sequel to Track 42- Dungeon Freak) (0:15)
19. Oh My God (0:25)
20. Failure 01 (0:31)
21. Failure 02 (0:40)
22. Failure 03 (0:43)
23. Failure 04 (0:41)
24. Failure 05 (1:07)
25. Failure 06 (0:45)
26. Failure 07 (1:17)
27. Animal Implant (1:03)
28. The Last Supper (0:23)
29. Invasion (0:20)
30. Bio-Casualties Inflicted by the Overlord (0:46)
31. The House of Feasting (Agoraphobic Nosebleed Cover) (1:01)
32. Total Humanoid Meltdown (0:40)
33. Ashes Fly, Like Butterflies (0:28)
34. Devoured for Science (1:37)
35. Puddles of Green (1:09)
36. Pump Action Decapitator (0:28)
37. Phillips Head Face Lifter (0:45)
38. Spiral Blood Stain (0:52)
39. One Small Town for Research (2:21)
40. Cheerleader Holocaust (0:32)
41. Creature Made of Bone (1:15)
42. Dungeon Freak (0:35)
43. Early Funeral (0:34)
44. Emotionally Unstable Mother of Four (0:59)
45. Finishing the Cake (0:41)
46. Hacksaw Kid (0:44)
47. Monopoly Money Millionaire (0:52)
48. My Aftermath (1:52)
49. No One Loves You (0:54)
50. Obey the Brain (0:59)
51. Obliterated by the Super Train (0:33)
52. Pigs in Space (1:17)
53. The Impaler Prince (0:55)
54. The Third Brand of Human (0:48)
55. Ulta-Maniac, Steve (1:29)
56. Together, We Make a Family (0:48)
57. Tech-Battle (Gigantic Brain Playing Over Real Drums) (1:20)
58. Intestinal Pott Pie (Newer version) (1:14)
59. Intestinal Pott Pie (Older version) (1:13)
60. Incredibly Deranged Piglet (1:16)
61. Tickling the Exit Wound (1:05)
62. Panty Pisser (1:32)
63. Its Been Sick... So I Tried to Feed It More (1:25)

Total Time: 59:16

Line-up/Musicians

- John / All instruments

About this release

Compilation, Razorback Records, 14 July 2004

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UMUR
"The Invasion Discography" is a compilation album by US, Virginia based experimental grindcore act Gigantic Brain. The album was released through Razorback Records in July 2004. Gigantic Brain was formed by John Brown in the early years of the millenium, and was at this point a one-man act. "The Invasion Discography" is a compilation featuring all material recorded by John Brown up until then.

The music on "The Invasion Discography" is one crazy mix of blasting grindcore, electronic effects/samples, programmed drums, assorted types of extreme vocals, and a futuristic sci-fi atmosphere. Most tracks are between a half minute to 1 minute long and with 63 tracks distributed over a 59:16 minutes long playing time there is a lot to dig into. The sound production is obviously created on a home computer, and while it´s fairly well sounding for that type of production, it´s clearly not a professionally produced product.

The music is quite adventurous with many shifts in style and genre within each track, but they are also rather chaotic and fragmented. So it´s definitely not a boring release, but it´s not exactly the most well written one either, if you appreciate memorability. This sounds a lot like it´s written and recorded to satisfy John Brown rather than to cater for an audience. It´s highly experimental and the more "regular" sounding grindcore parts are always followed by an atmospheric ambient part or something more experimental sounding.

Upon conclusion "The Invasion Discography" is probably very much an aquired taste. Some listeners will probably enjoy the crazy sci-fi concept, the home recording idea, and embrace the fragmented experimental grindcore style, while others will miss a bit more conscise and memorable songwriting, and a professional sound production. Personally I lean towards the latter opinion and a 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.
Conor Fynes
'The Invasion Discography' - Gigantic Brain (2/10)

The underground is filled with different abrasive styles of music, but grindcore is one such style that may be quickest to turn off prospective listeners. Essentially taking the most jarring elements of a few genres and melding them into one, grindcore is a noisy, messy sort of music, although there have been some artists which have taken the sound and done some pretty interesting things with it. Gigantic Brain is one such artist that opted to take the sound of grind outside of the screams and sour guitar feedback and take it somewhere more credible. Gigantic Brain is a one man project that helped develop cybergrind- being the fusion of grindcore and electronic music. 'The Invasiion Discography' is the first album by this man, and although it is undeniable that there is musical vision and potential that would later be realized with later works, this debut is a convoluted mess of an album.

The album essentially flows as one hour long track, despite being cut up into sixty three pint-sized pieces. The album structure reminds me somewhat of Thordendal's Special Defects' debut 'Sol Niger Within' in the sense that there is this sense that the whole album is one long track, but the thing has been cut into incomprehensibly small chunks. On that note alone, navigating 'The Invasion Discography' becomes a pretty annoying experience unless you have the full hour to invest in listening to it. Musically, the sense of messiness translates into just about everything that Gigantic Brain has to offer here. Much of the music is composed of dissonant chugging of guitars, electronically produced drum sounds that are made impossibly fast (and are often annoying as hell as a result), and some varied harsh vocals that are fairly abysmal in the way they are executed. The vocals switch from a high pitched shriek that could have found its way on an adolescent black metal demo, to some low gutturals that are nearly laughable in the way they lambast harsh vocals; suffice to say, the pig squeal thing is not working for Gigantic Brain.

What makes 'The Invasion Discography' all the more irritating is that there is actually plenty of promise and even some interesting things going on in tandem with the fairly gross grind elements. Quite often (but not nearly often enough), Gigantic Brain will pair the downtuned chugging with strange dissonant electronic sounds that make things sound even more unbearable at first, but it becomes really intriguing in an avant-garde sort of way after I got used to the sound. Sadly, Gigantic Brain's greatest flaw is that the music only ever hints at interesting ideas, giving the listener a sample or tease before taking it away and making room for some more ear-cringing pig squeals, or something else I would rather not hear. There is even a nice variety of dark ambient sounds here in between, but like anything even close to enjoyable in 'The Invasion Discography', it gets snatched away within seconds.

After listening to this debut, I am left both wanting to listen to more of what Gigantic Brain has to offer, while simultaneously reeling back in disgust from some of the less palatable aspects of the music that Gigantic Brain makes here. A fairly gross album in any case, with a few glimmers of hope here and there to make this all the more infuriating.

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