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I have read nothing but glowing reviews from every major critic out there.
I agree with them on every point but one aspect I really have to point out is the daunting task of trying to review this album song by song. I'm not even going to try as the review would be the length of a novel.
Instead I decided to break this review into two sections.
One for newcomers and a second for the vets.
No spoilers for either.
For folks who have heard all the hype and are curious and without going into a lengthy explanation of the bands history here it is in a nutshell.
Imagine death metal quite like you've never heard it before.
Throw all the monster technical riffs of older Morbid Angel into a pot, mix in an even more rage filled roar reminiscent of the late Chuck Schuldiner from Death.
Toss in a ton of jazz, classical, Middle Eastern, odd time signatures and you'll be scraping the surface of "Colored Sands".
For new fans and old a new Gorguts album is a daunting but rewarding experience.
If you enjoy music that is challenging then this album is nothing short of a feast.
For all of us old timers from the "Considered Dead" days this is an old friend thankfully come back.
Their first album in 12 years and it does not disappoint.
It is not a return to the sound of the early days nor is it the chaotic brilliance of "Obscura".
This is Gorguts doing what they do best.
Opening doors and pushing the realm of extreme metal into amazing new places.
The production is huge, clear and punishing.
Every instrument is utilized in amazing ways.
As difficult as "Obscura" is to describe, "Colored Sands" is equally difficult.
You will be challenged.
You will be floored.Read more ›
Note, this is not that album. This is much better.
The theme this time is Tibetan history and mythology. And the sound, while equally oppressive, is more dark, dripping with twisting riffs from Hufnagel, obscene drumming from Longstreth, ridiculous basslines a-la Colin Marston, and howls from Luc Lemay, grandmaster, driving creative force, and leader of the band.
It is almost as challenging as Obscura, but for different reasons. This time, the sound is more restrained; where Obscura would have dripped into an unholy riff simply to scare the pants off you, this drops atmospheric passages, and the overall experience is more dense as a result. Colored Sands comes at you like a wall of...well, sand, and leaves you windblown.
The only problem I have with this album is it feels like it runs slightly long, but that's not because any of the songs is unnecessary.
One of the best albums of this year; pick it up RIGHT NOW.
The addition of 2/3 of Dysrhythmia has added a freshness to Luc Lemay's sound. The departure of Steve Cloutier had me worried, since he has such a unique approach to playing bass, but Colin Marston easily makes up for it. It helps that both Marston and Hufnagel have been fans since the beginning of Gorguts, but they really do understand what the nature of the music is like.
This album is going to take years to get old, if it even does.
However I can say that this is a very, very immaculately conceived album. First off, it's really heavy, and I don't mean that it's really fast or intense or loud. I mean, it's definitely all of those things. But none of those words really convey the weight that this record carries, and the weight that it forces you to carry as a listener. Within the first ten seconds of the needle drop you are greeted with a colossal stomp of an intro that extols itself onto you like a quickfire death-hammer-gavel-thing forged by unfathomable deities who's names defy syllabic pronunciation. Gorguts are hear to punish. They are louder, faster, heavier, more complex and imaginative than you could possibly comprehend and they take full advantage of it. Which means that the mastery of this album reveals itself only after multiple listens.
Once you become acquainted with the realm that Colored Sands is inhabiting you come to the startling realization that a core focus of this album is melody. That's right. I know. It's weird for me too. I imagine the headlines "Technical Death Metal Sorcerers 'Gorguts' Make Melody Soup For Tortured Souls". But it's ultimately true, it is the melodies that really make this album stick with you. When I say melody I'm not talking about the Beach Boys.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don’t know how often I agree with the metal consensus, but there is no disputing that Colored Sands is a massive and epic listen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maura
Very fast shipping from an awesome seller thank you so much 5 stars for sure great cdPublished 6 months ago by Jeff
very progressive in some songs, whereas i usually prefer raw and noisy to intricate and detailed. Le Toit du Monde and Enemies of Compassion are on the raw and noisy side. Read morePublished 14 months ago by qqq
not my kind of music, dark, pagan, questionable lyrics. Same drummer for Origin. gave them money for a project, never saw end results.Published on May 2, 2014 by Melinda Brelsford
Though their set was a modest five songs, they stole the show. Maybe Carcass should have opened for Gorguts. Speaking of Carcass Surgical Steel is a damn good album too. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Joseph M. Costantini
When I heard that Gorguts was reforming and producing a new album, I wasn't sure what to expect. This was a band I grew up listening to, a band which created two of my all-time... Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Metal Jim
A lot of people have noted that it doesn't have a lot of fast riffs. To me that is one of it's major strengths and probably why I can listen to it anytime and under any mood. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by sunroseorange