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.