Truth be told, 'back in the day,' I never much cared for Gorguts. Compared to the rest of the contemporaneous R/C stable - soon to be known as Roadrunner Records worldwide - they were the 'least best' on that roster, to put it kindly. I mean, really: Obituary, Pestilence, Sadus, Deicide, Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation...circa '91, Gorguts just weren't up to the same standard. Plus, concurrently, both Century Media and especially Earache were churning out classic records, one after another. Needless to say, the competition was stiff, and to these ears, Considered Dead was more like Considered Meh.
Fast forward seven years. Murmurs abounded about a newer, infinitely better Gorguts - even a groundbreaking one. Death metal was definitely in the doldrums in 1998, so I can't say I had too much enthusiasm to seek out the truth, particularly with next to no spare money during my university days. Well, thanks to the trusted word of then-Metal Maniacs editor, I soon sought out Gorguts' Obscura...and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history. There was simply nothing else like it, and there still really isn't much remotely close to it: Obscura isn't so much 'out there' death metal as it is simply completely fucking ALIEN music. It's a challenging beast, sure, but its rewards are (STILL) a hundredfold. And it's also one of those records I suggest to my adventurous non-metal friends; I usually give 'em the old "It's like no-wave death metal" chestnut. From Wisdom To Hate was a pretty fantastic follow-up, too, and I had the good fortune of catching their US tour with Vader following that album's release. I spent most of the show slackjawed at the front of the stage, absolutely unbelieving of the ax-sorcery spilling forth from frontman Luc Lemay and now-Voivod guitarist Daniel Mongrain. To this day, I'm not sure I even believe it.
Which makes Gorguts' return - and their selection as this issue's cover story - that much sweeter. Extreme metal needs comeback stories like that of Gorguts; we need good, viable, still-challenging comeback records like Coloured Sands. Read on as John Norby details Gorguts' saga with Luc Lemay. Oh, nearly forgot - this issue's loaded with our best, most varied content yet! Break the seal (but don't break the oath) and dig into #054's (gor)guts!
FREE 18-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING
Gorguts - Forgotten Arrows | Carcass - Captive Bolt Pistol Nox Vorago - Ad Cinereo | Chimaira - Crown Of Phantoms | Syntezis - In this Hour | Accuser - Cannibal Insanity | Fir Bolg - Dun Aengus (edit) | Burial - All Will Burn | Beyond - Fatal Power Of Death | Teratism - Shadows Flee The Burning Sons Of Light | The Gabriel Construct - Ranting Prophet | Verona Septima - What Is Dead May Never Die | Dire Omen - Deserving Of Ash | Contortion - Dreaming Alone | Giant Monster Attack - When Monkeys Ruled The Earth | Sinister Realm - Four Black Witches | Wilderun - How Stands The Glass Around?
PROPAGANDANews and ZT sponsored show details
COVER FEATUREGorguts' Luc Lemay
REGULAR FEATURESWatain | Palehorse | Arabrot | Ecnephias | Acherontas | Thou Art Lord | Temple Nightside | Ereb Altor | Revocation | Battlecross | Accuser | Exhumed | Witherscape | Tank | Uk Decay | Teratism | Svart Records' Brutus + Goatess
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONA.M.S.G.| Harvest | Ravenmoon Sanctuary | Front Beast
ANGER BURNING | CRUST / RAW-PUNK / D-BEATCriminal Damage | Bloody hammer | The Corps
RAPID FIREFull Of Hell | Beyond | Skeletal Spectre | Lux Inferna | All Pigs Must Die | Night Demon | Fir Bolog | Thaw | Bolzer | Lycus | My Silent Wake | Grabnebelfursten
SENTENCINGAudio reviews | Live reviews
- DECORATED CAREERS | Necropsy
- LABEL PROFILE | Sepulchral Productions
- ON THE RACK | Philip H. Anselmo
- BENEATH THE REMAINS | Finnish Noise Rock
- ARTIST PROFILE | Juha Vuorma
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Nemtheanga's column