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Retro Roundtable Review: Gorguts – Obscura


3009Label: Olympic Recordings
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Release Date: June 23rd 1998
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Songs: 12    Length: 1 hour
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Genre: Technical Avant-garde Death metal
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Studio Albums: Considered Dead 1991, The Erosion of Sanity 1993, From Wisdom To Hate 2001, Colored Sands 2013
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Location: Canada
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Reggie’s Honorable Mentions of 2013


I am not going to discuss why these particular albums didn’t make the final cut.  It was a tough choice for a few of these to leave them off the end-year list.  However, they are worth mentioning and if I did have a Top 20, these would be the final five in the group…in no particular order.  These are the remaining five albums of 2013 that tickled my fancy.  After the last video, I also included some other albums I like that I felt were worth mentioning only by name.  I am sure you heard of most of them.   They didn’t make the cut either, but I liked them just as well.  Enjoy, my actual Top 15 is coming up soon.

CollapseArms and the Covenant

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Matt’s Top Ten Albums of 2013


bad_taste_xlg2013 was an odd year for me.  While there were countless amounts of outstanding releases, I found myself extremely burned out with heavy metal overload.  That’s not to say I even for a moment slowed down on my heavy metal listening in the slightest, but found myself with lots of difficulty getting into something new unless it was something extra special.  Something beyond just a solid death metal/black metal/post metal/doom metal/etc metal album.  It had to be absolutely extraordinary to pull me away from my current need of delving back into the thousands of albums already in my collection.

However, within my current disregard throughout the year for actively seeking out the new or checking out new albums from established artists I’m already a fan of I still did find a good amount of time to embrace the new.  There were many great releases this year and I gave a listen a lot of them.  On the contrary, many albums you would think would objectively be on my list you may not find here (honorable mention post coming in the very near future), as naturally, a top ten list is very subjective and the following albums are the records that really shone through despite my bout of new music burnout and got lot of playtime in between obsessive bouts of the classics.  In fact, every record here I would consider a modern classic and recommend taking some time to check it out.  So, without further ado, here’s my favorite releases of 2013.

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Album Review: Colored Sands by Gorguts


37985313 years.  13 long years Gorguts fans have had to wait for a new album by the Canadian technical death metal beasts to release a collection of new music to boggle their minds and violate their souls.  13 years is long time in between albums (‘glares menacingly over at Tool’) and in those years a lot of people forget about most bands.  But not Gorguts.  From their humble beginnings as a pretty cut and dry death metal outfit they really took the metal underground by storm with a stylistic shift on their 1998 album Obscura and pretty much invented what is know today as technical death metal.  Unfortunately the suicide of drummer Steve McDonald led to the break-up of the band and Gorguts main mastermind Luc Lemay went on to pursue various other projects, namely Negativa.  Anywho, Luc decided to reassemble Gorguts once again in 2009 and played some local shows and leak a rough demo of new tracks.  This led to fans going nuts as if Gorguts would be official back together which Luc stated is the case and that Gorguts had new material for everyone and a new album was in the pipeline.  Naturally, fans were ecstatic, buuuut, it would be some time before that album would come out due to yet another death in the band (guitarist Steve Hurdle died of surgery complications, note: if your name is Steve, do not join Gorguts).  This led the writing and recording to be delayed, and now with all the drama and tragedy behind them, that long pined for new album is upon us and it is called Colored Sands.

You may be asking if the album lives up to the hype and the rocky and tumultuous wait worth it.  Does Gorguts come flying onto the tech-death scene and show all these fucking amateurs how it’s done?  Well, in short, yup, they prove once again why they are considered the premier band in tech-death metal.

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