You Send Me Things, I Listen to Them: GARGANTUA

French metal that isn’t afraid to embrace the weird.

Far too often, the denizens of this particular internet bathroom facility loudly decry bands that offer anything resembling a “mainstream metal” sound. It’s understandable, many of us have been listening to metal for years and years; we just can’t get our kicks from the same old tricks anymore. The Toilet ov Hell is awesome at celebrating fringe acts that don’t get the recognition they deserve. Unfortunately, some of our underground favorites like Skáphe and Ehnahre are a real challenge for newbies to fully enjoy. Today I’ve got great find for those of you that can’t fully groove on the abrasive sounds of The Body but still wanna step outside of your metal comfort zone.

Gargantua Avant-Propos

Formed in 2013, Gargantua hail from Paris and create populist yet experimental metal that errs on the side of fun rather than rote technical noodlery or patience-testing indulgences. On Avant-Propos, their debut EP, Gargantua fully embrace their French roots with touches of bawdy accordion melodies on top of a sonic skeleton amassed of Enslaved and Soilwork. The four tracks on this EP show off a band that boldly combines clear production, big riffs, and clever flourishes of the unexpected.

Intro track “A Delightful Sense of the Absurd” delivers upon the premise of its title; the song rips open with a thrash riff straight from the blackened gates of Euro Disneyland. A keyboard comes along for the ride and somehow doesn’t derail the rollercoaster, leading right up to a carnivalesque breakdown to add visions of unsavory carnies and lax safety regulations.

“Threshold of Death part I: Gutters” and follow-up “Threshold of Death part II: Inherent Lunacy” saddle a strange medium somewhere between Sigh and The Black Dahlia Murder. Rather than cycling through a series of interchangeable riffs and breakdowns, these tracks veer down unexpected alleyways. Halfway through the former, the track breaches Opeth territory and embraces their prog side throughout the ride. For the latter, Gargantua unleash accordion on top of speedy arrangements like the flashing lights of a dingy old arcade. Closer “Ne Mot Dire” is a walk down a sinister boardwalk that offers plenty of out-of-this-world widdly-diddly dazzle to delight sharps and rubes alike.

Avant-Propos is a brief but welcome introduction to a young band with an exciting futureThis EP is a name-your-own-price download at the band’s Bandcamp, where you can also purchase this adorable dog-endorsed CD for six “Euros”, whatever those are. Stay up to date with Gargantua on Facebook and tell ’em the Toilet says “Bonjour”.

Gargantua puppy

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Published on: March 8, 2016

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  • Dubs

    That’s a cute beagle.

    • Very noble.

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        Proud and upstanding!

      • such a noble beast

        • Rob M

          Like a lion…except…not

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Except better…

  • Dubs

    Sort of like a less out-there Unexpect. Or a harder Mr. Bungle.

    • Owlswald

      I like how it doesn’t turn into a huge mess of instruments playing widdily-didily over each other. That was the problem with Unexpect for me.

      • Dubs

        I think that’s definitely a realistic criticism. They sort of lose themselves in the forest.

  • Scrimm

    That band photo….

    • Owlswald

      Interview with the Gargantua. Also, the long hair’s head looks photoshopped.

      • Scrimm

        Ha! It kinda does

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Ouch. Track two and that fucking breakdown. Fuck.

  • Rob M

    “You send me stuff, I…”

    …send it back

  • When I think of French metal I think of Les Légions Noires.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9Sxs-njCjs

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Vlad Tepes >>>>>>>

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    CUTE DOGGO

    • DVRKBEVRD

      its not a corgi

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        It matters NOT

        • DVRKBEVRD

          youre just a cute wittle cuddle buggy boo!

        • Indeed.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I’d buy that dog for six oiros.

    • Rob M

      How much is that in peso’s?

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        A million? or something like 117.

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    This is pretty cool so far.

    Please tell me that is your Beagle!

    • I wish. It appears to belong to someone in the band.

      • Dubs

        I think it’s in their FB profile pic too.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Dog looks old as fuck too.

          • He’s got some gray hairs. Then again so do I.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Same here, bro.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            thirded

          • You better modify your name there ol’ Grvybevrd.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            my beard is pretty black, my soulpatch and mustache are the ones showing my age!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            My beard is riddled with gray/white hair.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            fucking hair

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            So stupid.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            How’s your ass hair?

          • DVRKBEVRD

            like the dense black undercanopy of the rainforest

          • #StayTreesNShit

          • DVRKBEVRD

            literally

          • Good, that’s a sign that we are dying.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yes. Total Death.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            There’s a town near me whose name is Total Death in old English.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That is fucking rad.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Well it’s either Total Death or Death Murder. Both are pretty brutal.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Agreed.

          • Dubs

            I don’t, but then again I’m bald.

          • Smooth, clean, and polished.

          • Dubs

            Turtle wax, bro.

          • Rob M
          • Buff up that shizz.

          • Not me, because my hair is falling.

          • I got a fuck ton of gray hair.

          • Rob M

            Damn grey cat

          • Yessir.

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        Oh, okay. Not as exciting as I had hoped.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I like these rhinos, I mean musics

  • I liked that they don’t push the musical intrincancies to every part of the compositions. It is weird, but more controlled and melodic. This is something I dig. Great writing, Joe. Thanks for sharing, I’mma going to #Doomload™ this.

  • Dubs

    Joe, I must also say i enjoyed your write-up here. Well done. I guess this won’t be the post that causes me to threaten physical violence.

  • Spear

    This is pretty sweet. I can definitely hear that Sigh comparison.

  • Good dog.

  • i love it. this goes to show that no matter how goofy or avant-garde something appears to be on the surface, if the artist has enough confidence and skill the end result can be great
    a good example would be the Evil Dead movies.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      The first Evil Dead >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • the 2013 remake is also phenomenal

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Yeah that remake was way better than I expected. Not as wacky as the original, but gruesome as fuck.

          • a home-made defibrillator. as somebody who works on medical equipment for a living, it was awesomely hilarious and hilariously awesome to witness.

  • Wow, really Relapse? This is a new low even for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjM0SRPXSUo

    • Rob M

      What the hell is this happy horseshit?

      • Just think, this is the same label that brought us classic releases from Deceased, Suffocation, Amorphis, and Incantation. Hahaha!

        • Rob M

          This kind of crash and burn is epic enough to be seen from space

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          New Gadget is gonna be sweet though.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            And Inverloch and Agoraphobic Nosebleed

          • I’ve listened to that new Inverloch everyday since Saturday now. Not even waiting for the vinyl to arrive.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I think I’m going to order it this weekend.

        • Amorphis <3

          • Yeah, glad I stuck around to catch their set last year. Blew my mind how good they were live.

          • They were playing with the Tales From Thousand Lakes tour?

          • Yeah! They played that album I believe.

          • That’s great. I really like their live setting, and their sound is always great.

          • The vocalist had some crazy looking microphone too.

          • Tomi Joutsen is a great vocalist, man. I love his growls and how he articulates the words in the deep growling sections.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            They may be one of the few bands where I’m an equal fan of their old as well as their new style. They ‘evolved’ without sucking.

          • To be honest I never gave their newer shit much of a chance. So I can’t say.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Well, it’s way different. Much proggier and way cleaner. I’m not sure you will like it. My favorite Amorphis album will always be Tales from the Thousand Lakes. It’s the one that got me into them and I still think that album has a one-of-a-kind atmosphere: in some way it really welcomes you into another universe. But I really enjoy several of their second era albums as well. Whether you take Tales from the Thousand Lakes or Silent Waters, in both cases it’s Amorphis and I can’t see any other band pulling off that kind of sound.

    • One of those dudes got locked up for attempted murder years ago. Maybe Relapse is going after that subset of music consumers that think actual violence is cool.

      • Rob M

        Ah…the meathead, frat boy demographic

      • I remember reading about that when they first got signed. This shit is just mind boggling though.

    • Jajajaja! What?!

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      The fuck is this shit?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Fuck this grunge throwback

    • DVRKBEVRD

      makes me want to relapse and pound a fifth of liquor

      • …And then attempt murder.

    • i found absolutely nothing intrinsically wrong with this song. yes un-metal… but man there are some harsh critics in here

    • Eliza

      Most uninteresting song in recent memory.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    This is sitting at like Destrage levels of fun. A+.

  • Waynecro

    Is there a band called Pantagruel? If so, Gargantua needs to do a split with that band. I kind of like these songs. Thanks, Joe!

    • Sir Tapir The Based
    • Eliza

      Oh, I wanted to make that reference. I find it quite amusing that a post about a band named Gargantua was made right when I’m reading Gargantua and Pantagruel.

  • Jom Pootersan

    It has the Pootersan seal of approval

  • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

    Fuck me old boots in a chicken basket, this is fucking awesome! My wallet is gonna hate me for this.

  • Eliza

    This is quite fun to listen to.