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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 6 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Colored Sands (Audio CD)
-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
This review is from: Colored Sands (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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