Gaijin are touted to be THE next big thing coming out of India. Their debut self titled EP is only three tracks, but being produced by Pierre Remillard, who has coaxed some of death metal’s more interesting albums from the likes of Gorguts and Cryptopsy, this has great potential.
Opener ‘Dead Planet’ is definitely a jarring, technical experience. Full of dizzying tempo changes, with atonal melodies shooting off in all directions, it’s hard to keep track of at times. New death metal bands that attempt something different on their debut always go over well with me. You can feel the influences of those Canadian bands previously mentioned, but there’s also dashes of Pestilence and Atheist in there too. ‘Meiosis’ is more of the same, high quality tech death instrumental that is more focused in its attack. ‘Anamnesis’ has a more overt Gorguts style, but the musicianship on display is frankly staggering for a new band.
Gaijin are going to be big. Their debut is self assured but not overly self indulgent. The material is strong, and it remains to be seen whether they’ll add more vocals into the mix or remain a bit more instrumental, but whatever they decide, it’ll be a hell of a ride.