Mose Giganticus is a Progressive Synth Sludge Metal band from Philadephia, USA, formed in 1999. And when I say band, I mean Matt Garfield (songwriter, vocalist, programmer, drummer, and keyboardist) plus several additional musicians for live performances. The band has released three albums with 2010’s Gift Horse (released through Relapse Records) being the latest one. Gift Horse actually was one of my 2010 Top 5 albums.

Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse

Gift Horse is a concept album about the struggle between a vengeful god and Lucifer leading to the Battle of Armageddon – according to the bible during the end times, variously interpreted as either a literal or symbolic location. The term Armageddon is also used to refer to any end of the world scenario (source).

Revelation 19:11-20:3 (NIV): “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.”

Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse old versionThe cover artwork at first reminded me of Mastodon’s Remission cover with its dramatic illustration of a horse. The cover is a perfect example for a great visual combination of mixed media (painting, vector elements, ornaments) and type. No element seems to disturb the balance of the artwork (a usual Metal artwork problem: an amazing illustrator creates an amazing artwork that’s raped by horrible type or logo choices). In Mose Giganticus’ MySpace stream I found an early version of the cover artwork (I assume this was created prior to the band’s Relapse deal). You can see the same concept in both versions but a big difference in quality and finesse.