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Colored Sands [VINYL]

Gorguts Vinyl
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"This Quebec, Canada-based death metal band, formed by Luc Lemay (vocals), Sylvain Marcoux (guitar), Eric Giguere (bass) and Stephane Provencher (drums), promised great things on their 1991 debut, Considered Dead, which featured guest spots from the Death guitarist James Murphy and Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes.

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  • Vinyl (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Season Of Mist
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 6 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
-pretty good is an understatement! Since (inexplicably, coming from rather generic beginnings) initially peaking with their magisterial album 'Obscura' in 1998, two or more of their original band members are no longer among the living...) this CD was hotly anticipated.

The band has an erratic, gap-rich release history....so hold your breath and listen to these 9 songs: it offers abstract, technically state-of -the art, artfully dissonant white-water death (I guess) metal of the finest. If 'Obscura' sounded like scary sounds from a demon-infested swamp, 'Coloured Sands' is the twister in the barbed wire factory with splinter grenades thrown in, more defined, more metallic and technical -and yet, there are always organic, hummable, even whistle-able melodies, often evoking beautifully surreal and serene pictures of cosmogony and dying neutron stars (in me). They could easily write soundtracks for Hollywood movies.

Great to listen to in the privacy of my noise-encapsulating car during daily commute-rage.
Maybe nothing really absolutely new -just everything very, very good, tight, breathless and frightening.

One would only wish that potent artists like these here could transcend genre-specific metal boundaries and do something even more, really, really far out, something mind-blasting new -though I don't know what this would be -if anybody they've got what it takes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The edge mightier than the sword? 19 April 2014
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
This little delight recently came about:- ending a 17 year tranquillity of no new output from this challenging and variant canadian death metal band:- Gorguts. As well as being a quintessentially well known band for not doing the same sort of album twice, they've quite rightly been regarded as one of the forerunning innovators of "boundary pushing" death metal for a number of years. Except now that this isn't quite a boundary pushin album in-abstract context. It does feel like a solid micro-infusion of death metal sensibility and a variety of other metal and non-metal influances. The result is an apparantly tangent, fresh and articulate piece of work.

In it's entirety, the record can probably be best described as a consortium of heavy old Opeth, Mastodon and the rapid spectacle of Baroness folk. The mix ultimately serves as a well ingraned and chemically subtle formula of controlled extremity that works to the bands advantage. The song length's I found were a tad long on a few of the tracks but on the whole were quite reasonable. The album is unquestionably a success story with regard to the strong artwork and divergent and thoughtful compositions; but it doesn't quite level the playing field on classic titles such as "Considered dead and The erosion of sanity". Definately worth checking out and it is available via the season of mist label.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing death metal into new realms. 22 Aug 2013
By Brian Nallick - Published on Amazon.com
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The return of the mighty Gorguts.
I have read nothing but glowing reviews from every major critic out there.
I agree with them on every point but one aspect I really have to point out is the daunting task of trying to review this album song by song. I'm not even going to try as the review would be the length of a novel.
Instead I decided to break this review into two sections.
One for newcomers and a second for the vets.
No spoilers for either.

For folks who have heard all the hype and are curious and without going into a lengthy explanation of the bands history here it is in a nutshell.
Imagine death metal quite like you've never heard it before.
Throw all the monster technical riffs of older Morbid Angel into a pot, mix in an even more rage filled roar reminiscent of the late Chuck Schuldiner from Death.
Toss in a ton of jazz, classical, Middle Eastern, odd time signatures and you'll be scraping the surface of "Colored Sands".
For new fans and old a new Gorguts album is a daunting but rewarding experience.
If you enjoy music that is challenging then this album is nothing short of a feast.

For all of us old timers from the "Considered Dead" days this is an old friend thankfully come back.
Their first album in 12 years and it does not disappoint.
It is not a return to the sound of the early days nor is it the chaotic brilliance of "Obscura".
This is Gorguts doing what they do best.
Opening doors and pushing the realm of extreme metal into amazing new places.
The production is huge, clear and punishing.
Every instrument is utilized in amazing ways.
As difficult as "Obscura" is to describe, "Colored Sands" is equally difficult.
You will be challenged.
You will be floored.
You'll be as happy as I am that they came back.
I'll sum up "Colored Sands" like this...
Jaw dropping.
You really have to listen to it multiple times before it even begins to properly sink in.
Easily the most unique release of 2013.
In all the time Gorguts has been away countless tech death bands have come up in the scene.
"Colored Sands" is a solid reminder as to why Gorguts is so revered in the underground.
"Colored Sands"...essential.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best followup From Wisdom to Hate could have. 11 Aug 2013
By Vincent W. Verweij - Published on Amazon.com
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12 years is a long time to wait for an album, but unlike many bands reforming to rekindle their former glory, Gorguts does not disappoint. With longer songs, and a more progressive edge, the album does not lose any of the urgency of old Gorguts, and actually feels more composed. At this point, the record doesn't have the groundbreaking quality of Obscura, but that does not take away from the impact and innovation that did go into the music here, lurching through doom riffs one second, organically morphing into blindingly fast sections.

The addition of 2/3 of Dysrhythmia has added a freshness to Luc Lemay's sound. The departure of Steve Cloutier had me worried, since he has such a unique approach to playing bass, but Colin Marston easily makes up for it. It helps that both Marston and Hufnagel have been fans since the beginning of Gorguts, but they really do understand what the nature of the music is like.

This album is going to take years to get old, if it even does.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic album. 4 Sep 2013
By Korlash, Heir to Blackblade - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabulous album from Canadian death metal juggernauts Gorguts, lurching into your nightmares again after a decade. Every death metal fan either loves Obscura, or acknowledges it as one of the most challenging, fresh albums in death metal history. Unrestrained chaos, that album baffled and destroyed everything in its path.

Note, this is not that album. This is much better.

The theme this time is Tibetan history and mythology. And the sound, while equally oppressive, is more dark, dripping with twisting riffs from Hufnagel, obscene drumming from Longstreth, ridiculous basslines a-la Colin Marston, and howls from Luc Lemay, grandmaster, driving creative force, and leader of the band.

It is almost as challenging as Obscura, but for different reasons. This time, the sound is more restrained; where Obscura would have dripped into an unholy riff simply to scare the pants off you, this drops atmospheric passages, and the overall experience is more dense as a result. Colored Sands comes at you like a wall of...well, sand, and leaves you windblown.

The only problem I have with this album is it feels like it runs slightly long, but that's not because any of the songs is unnecessary.

One of the best albums of this year; pick it up RIGHT NOW.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colossal 4 Sep 2013
By Scott Rosenbluth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Imposing their own sense of musicality on Death Metal's decidedly steadfast approach, Gorguts remind us all on Colored Sands that there are still vast unexplored territories in this little sub genre we all love so much. Reaffirmed by their ability to not only create music that rivals classic efforts, but that actually pushes the boundaries of music itself, Luc Lemay and crew are enthralling as they are terrifying! And really, picking up Colin Marston and Kevin Hufnagel, two young, bright, virtuoso players in their own right, who were completely influenced by Gorguts in their development as musicians, was an excellent and calculated decision that pays off big time. Colored Sands is crafted and chiseled like a piece of jagged surrealist art. It's great to hear something that is so experimental yet entirely identifiable as Death Metal through and through. No spoilers here, just praise. For some of the most interesting, scary, experimental, HEAVY music you will ever hear, Gorguts' Colored Sands is a must own!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent album 6 Sep 2013
By Barry Bozarth - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this album. Don't expect tremendous speed throughout the entire album. It has fast parts, but this is a solid album by Gorguts. It is consistent throughout. The album is very deep and heavy, although it has some lighter parts. This is an album of great compositions by Gorguts. It is very pleasant to listen to for a change from the norm of death metal. It is only $6.99 to download, and well worth it.
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