Giardia meld jazz, doom and black metal into an eclectic and hallucinogenic bombardment of sound on their new full-length, FARM.
For 43 straight minutes these Denver experimenters take listeners through a wacky and sometimes nightmarish carnival funhouse that is full of surprising sonic left turns and brazen displays of virtuosity and eccentricity. The twinkling, noir jazz intro that brings the record to life lulls the listener into a false sense of security and doesn’t prepare them for the weirdness to come. What follows comes across as a colorful collision between Jaga Jazzist, Darkthrone, Genghis Tron, Primus, and a whole lot of drugs.
The album’s second track, “Wolf Is My Kid”, follows in the footsteps of the intro track that preceded it by delivering a smooth, keyboard-led jazz piece that floats within syncopated rhythms. The instrumentation gradually becomes bouncier and more funk-oriented before the synths become harsher, acidic, and the drumming becomes hammering. With the addition of growling and shrieking vocals, this frenzied section of the track grabs listeners by the back of the neck and shoves their faces into digitized acid.
The following track, “Level Up”, picks up where “Wolf Is My Kid” left off in terms of unabashed oddness. This six minute track begins with a rumbling and foreboding wall of noise that bleeds into a quirky and angular synth-driven jaunt. The song continues to flow into a psychedelic down-tempo jazz piece which suddenly shifts into a final burst of chaotic instrumentation that sounds like a grindcore version of an Atari videogame theme.
More guitar-driven, metal-oriented madness can be found in the tracks “Coffee” and “Pig Crystal”. The former track features a bizarre interplay between spiraling, Primus-esque grooves and cacophonous stampedes of dissonant guitar riffs. The latter track cycles back-and-forth between straightforward metal grooves, dissonant black metal, and lengthy stretches of corrosive sludge throughout. If the previous tracks didn’t discombobulate the listener enough, then these two certainly will.
The album’s 10-minute penultimate track, “Three Sisters’ Suffering”, combines all of the sonic elements that preceded it into one sprawling epic. Shimmering keys, jazz syncopation and twisting bass riffs kick the track off to an energetic start. The song then slows to a somber, lumbering, clean-guitar driven section that eventually morphs into a blistering, cartoonish black metal assault before transitioning back into the aforementioned section.
Giardia’s FARM is a delightfully strange and unique record is a must-listen for fans of experimental and avant-garde metal.
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Level Up” and “Three Sisters’ Suffering”
For Fans Of: Fantomas, John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3