Latest news: Wed, Apr 13 2016, GORGUTS
GORGUTS are currently touring in Europe in advance of the release of their EP 'Pleiades' Dust' (out May 13th), which contains the eponymous 33-minute song. The final part of the track, entitled "Besieged" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below together with the remaining tour-dates.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Pitchline Zine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Rock Hard (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Eternal Terror (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
GORGUTS mastermind Luc Lemay states: "With 'Besieged', the composition that is 'Pleiades' Dust' reaches its last segment. I wanted to have a 'Funeral March' feel to it, since it is a dramatic point in the story, when the Mongol invaders destroy the library and most of the books are thrown in the Tigris river. Musically, I wanted to pay tribute to 3 things with the opening doom riff. First, in the progression of the doom riff, throughout the four repeats, I wanted to expose the theme in unison and in counterpoint, among the string instruments, that gets more complex each time. This constitutes an ode to Penderecki's second violin concerto, which introduces a funeral march feel right after the cadenza. Second, is the guitar tone represents a big nod to the sound of Sunlight studio / HM2. I am absolutely crazy about this guitar tone, which we find on the first ENTOMBED album and also the BLOODBATH records. Those had a massive influence on me, when I was writing 'Considered Dead'. Third, is the 'doom riff" guitar work that I originally discovered on the first PARADISE LOST album. I was so intrigued by this dark feel in their writing style and that was also a huge influence for the distinct dual guitar riffs on 'Considered Dead'. Therefore this is a tribute to Greg Mackintosh."
GORGUTS have already revealed the artwork of 'Pleiades' Dust', which was created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (MAYHEM, ZHRINE, GHOST, WATAIN).
Cover artist Zbigniew M. Bielak comments: "As a child I was fascinated by the Middle East. My uncle used to work on civil engineering contracts in Libya and Iraq, so we kept receiving exotic, mosque-graced postcards throughout the otherwise lacklustre eighties behind the Iron Curtain. I have a genuine affection towards the region’s architecture, climate and aesthetics, therefore it was a pleasure to illustrate Luc Lemay’s new concept album, which is a tribute to the scientific heritage of the Islamic Golden Age. Although the pun of the album title was not intended – as much as NASA supercomputer Pleiades today, Baghdad’s Bayt al-Hikma – The House of Wisdom, epitomized the Middle East’s scientific sophistication. Boasting the largest library of the medieval world, this vibrant multicultural research and educational centre, drew in learned scholars including those of Jewish, Christian or Buddhist origin to translate, preserve and further develop important works of scholarship from across Europe and the Middle East whilst the Occident regressed into Dark Ages. Spanning from the 8th century of our calendar to its symbolic ending with Genghis Khan's grandson’s bloody Siege of Baghdad in 1258, resulting in obliteration of the House of Wisdom, The Golden Age of Islam left the world much indebted also to its numerous original contributions in diverse fields. From astronomy and medicine, to humanities and mathematics, Islam's heritage helped pave the way for the rise of the West to its present prominence. The mind-bending intricacy of GORGUTS' aural landscapes portrayed in this single, over thirty minutes long piece of almost classically structured music, lends an aptly dramatic narrative to the story of a leading civilisation abruptly returned to dust."
14 Apr 16 München (DE) Backstage (+Psycroptic +Dysrhythmia +Nero Di Marte)
15 Apr 16 Praha (CZ) Nova Chmelnice (+Psycroptic +Dysrhythmia +Nero Di Marte)
16 Apr 16 Leipzig (DE) Hellraiser (+Psycroptic +Dysrhythmia +Nero Di Marte)
17 Apr 16 Drachten (NL) Iduna (+Psycroptic +Dysrhythmia +Nero Di Marte)
When it comes to GORGUTS, you have to expect the unexpected. In an age of a postulated clash of cultures, mastermind Luc Lemay delivers a piece of music that is conceptually and lyrically based on the "House of Wisdom", a medieval library based in Baghdad and at the heart of the Golden Age of Islam with its many scientific breakthroughs in various fields of learning. As Luc comments: "It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man destroys great discoveries and achievements." Musically there is more narrative feeling as each section is introduced in such a way that every riff has the space to evolve like a character in a story.
The stunning cover art created to reflect this concept has been specially created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (MAYHEM, GHOST, ZHRINE et. al.).
Few extreme bands can boast the pedigree of GORGUTS. During their early days as part of death metal's first wave, they created a legacy of legendary releases including their debut album 'Considered Dead' (1991) and its more experimental and technical follow-up 'Erosion of Sanity' (1993). After a hiatus of five years, Luc Lemay returned with a new line-up, which released the highly acclaimed and seminal third full-length 'Obscura' (1998). By then GORGUTS had been busy at expanding and redefining the language of death metal. With a new line-up that left Lemay as the sole original member, the next milestone album was released under the title 'From Wisdom to Hate' (2001).
Yet again the band went into hibernation, while their musical legacy continued to inspire and thrive as their native Quebec became a focus for technical death metal with acts such as CRYPTOPSY, NEURAXIS, and BEYOND CREATION to name but a few following in their footsteps. After more than a decade of silence, mastermind Luc Lemay unleashed 'Colored Sands' (2013) with an all-star line-up including Colin Marston (BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS), Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA), and John Longstreath (ORIGIN, SKINLESS), who has in the meantime been replaced by Patrice Hamelin (QUO VADIS, BENEATH THE MASSACRE).
Now GORGUTS return with their most experimental song so far that combines all their virtues into one massive masterpiece. Lean back and listen carefully!
|Luc Lemay||rhythm guitar, vocals|
|Kevin Hufnagel||lead guitar|
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