When I hear of a death metal band from India, I usually think of bands playing the same old school riff that has been done to death. But Gaijin’s self titled EP came as a pleasant surprise. This five piece from Mumbai play a form of technical / progressive death metal that does not compromise on the riffs for the sake of technicality and does not adopt the tired old djent tricks in the name of progression. Their sound follows the path of Gorguts, Death (Symbolic era) and the likes. Their debut EP is a refreshing breath of death metal in the Indian death metal fraternity.
A riff that possess a strong chug with dissonant touches thrown in sets the album in motion in the opener ‘Dead Planet’. The combination of deep growls and throaty grunts compliments the mind bending riffs. The mark of a good technical / progressive death metal album is that the listener notices something new everytime he listens to it. Gaijin has that quality in their music. The way the album flows with all that chaotic technical riffs going on is sublime.
The way this band manages to stitch together technical parts with melodic leads and down right brutal riffs can be attributed to some solid musicianship. ‘Meiosis’ exhibits this really well. The instrumental mastery of these guys is captured well in this track. The riffs guides the listener down a twisty path while the drums and bass provide the riffs support with flair and precision. Clean atmospheric string section is also used to good effect on ‘Anamnesis’, which again is an instrumental.
While all of the three tracks are exceptional in song writing and execution, I feel that the EP could have had one more track with vocals on it. It’s not that the two instrumental tracks are lacking in any way, but the vocals could have added so much more. The production allows the various layers in the music to shine through and is perfect for Gaijin’s technical wizardry.
The ‘Gaijin EP’ is set to be released on November 7th, 2015 through Transcending Obscurity Distribution. Right now, you can check out the second track ‘Meiosis’ below.
‘Dead Planet’ is streaming on the Transcending Obscurity youtube page. You can check it out below: