Colored Sands

Album Review of Colored Sands by Gorguts.

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Colored Sands

Gorguts

Colored Sands by Gorguts

Release Date: Sep 3, 2013
Record label: Season of Mist
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal

89 Music Critic Score
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Colored Sands - Excellent, Based on 5 Critics

Exclaim - 100
Based on rating 10/10
100

For technical death metal fans, the return of Gorguts is equivalent to the second coming of the Messiah. Since main man Luc Lemay reformed the group with a brand new line-up in 2009, they've played a few shows and began working on new material. Colored Sands marks the Québécois tech-death innovators' first release in 12 years and the legendary act's sound has evolved, as the album is definitely not Obscura part two.

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Sputnikmusic - 94
Based on rating 4.7/5
94

Review Summary: Gorguts go progOften imitated, yet barely matched in his innovative approach to metal at large, Luc Lemay is the creative force and only remaining original member behind the Quebecois Gorguts collective. His creative energies have given the metal universe some of the most forward-thinking records of their time, regularly used as templates still even in today's landscape. Colored Sands is no exception.

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Pitchfork - 82
Based on rating 8.2/10
82

Like any respected underground band staging a comeback, Gorguts have a lot to live up to. In order to understand why expectations are unusually high for Colored Sands-- the first new LP since 2001 from this Quebec death-metal institution-- you have to look back to 1998's Obscura, one of the most pungently progressive albums ever made, in or out of metal. Obscura didn't just register as technical; it sounded downright excruciating, as if its shuddering blastbeats, doleful bellows, and deliriously inventive guitarwork were being torn straight from the chests of its makers.

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NOW Magazine - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Death metal fans are spoiled for choice this fall, between Carcass's long-awaited Surgical Steel (the pioneering British band's first record since 1996) and Colored Sands, the first record from Quebec's Gorguts since 2001's From Wisdom To Hate. The problem with Gorguts and its only remaining original member/guiding intelligence, Luc Lemay, is that they'll probably never top 1998's game-changing Obscura. That record invested death metal's howling intensity with legitimately avant-garde sensibilities.

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The New York Times
Their review was only somewhat favourable

The lucid and the cryptic mingle, unpredictably and strategically, in the songs on Neko Case’s sixth solo studio album, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.” Usually it’s the music that comes across as straightforward. The melodies are ….

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