Death metal legends GORGUTS will perform for the first time in nearly six years at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly on April 14, 2023 at the Fillmore. To celebrate the end of this extended break, the band will perform a special set exclusively of material from 1998’s landmark ‘Obscura’ album and 1991’s old-school classic ‘Considered Dead.’
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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(BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS), Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA), and John Longstreath (ORIGIN, SKINLESS), who has in the meantime been replaced by Patrice Hamelin (QUO VADIS, BENEATH THE MASSACRE).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
- Colin Marston : bass
- Patrice Hamelin : drums
In support of their latest release ‘Pleiades’ Dust’, GORGUTS kicked off their European summer dates at the Brutal Assault Festival in Jaromer, Czech Republic yesterday. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.
Critically-acclaimed death metal pioneers GORGUTS have embarked on the second leg of their North American tour in support of their latest album ‘Pleiades’ Dust’. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.
GORGUTS have not only announced four special package shows featuring GORGUTS alongside FALLUJAH, HAVOK, REVOCATION and opener VENOM PRISON, but the acclaimed Canadian death metal pioneers also revealed more European dates in summer in support of their latest release ‘Pleiades Dust’. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.
GORGUTS’ celebrated Metalorgie Fest IV appearance at Le Ferrailleur in Nantes from 2016 is now being streamed via YouTube at the link below. This pro-shot show includes a full performance of the Canadians’ acclaimed latest EP ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ among other highlights.