If you’re anything like me, the past two years spent dwelling on the promise new Gorguts has led to many a wet dream… and a painful case of blue balls. Teases! WHERE THE HELL IS IT? After once again witnessing the glory that is Gorguts live last night (my bangover hurts), the man himself, Mr. Luc Lemay, explained the hold up and the direction in which activity is proceeding. Was also privy to new material and now that the blue balls have swelled to the size of watermelons, I’m going to be walking bow legged ’til it’s released. And just to add to the discomfort, there’s new DAM in the works too. Hurry up 2013 – the rest of 2012 is clearly a write off.
“We’re done with all the legal stuff. To make a long story short I wasn’t playing any more music when [Olympic was bought out by Century Media] so when I decided to make a new record I contacted them since I had a relation with them already. They were into making the record but when we went into negotiations we didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things and it took a long time to get over that. This story got in such a mess it’s not even funny. It’s artists dealing with accountants. It got me going real bad at some point. [It was] morally very exhausting but being an artist, it’s not always all about fun. It’s a lot of work. It set up a bad mood over the project but that’s over so… after this tour we should get square and we’re moving to another label. I would hope by the end of the year or early 2013 to deliver. Hopefully start recording later 2012.
“The album is all written, the music is all done. It’s not recorded but it’s all written. Records are hard work. I don’t put out records every year and a half. I’m not saying that there’s a problem with bands that do but I’m very picky, I go into the details a lot. Not a control freak, but I know what I want and I want to do it right. It’s like a painting you’re not going to hang it on the wall and three years later go ‘ah I should have done this instead’. You want to do it the right way. It’s the record that has taken the most time.
“I’m still writing lyrics for 4 songs. There will be 8 songs total and it’s a whole concept album so I’ve been reading books for a year a year and a half for the lyrics to know what I’m going to talk about. The lyrics process is very hard for me. First, I’m French, and then I need to educate myself on the topic I’m going to talk about. I’m not going to educate myself on the Chinese invasion of Tibet with a Wikipedia thing. I bought piles of books. I feel the same way I did at the conservatory when I was writing classical pieces. It takes months and months, the pieces you just can’t get it out of your system. You need to become a sponge, you need to get soaked with the topic. So far so good I’m very very happy with what we’ve done.
“In the first place I wanted to write the whole album about the rituals of mandalas made with sand. One day my girlfriend’s little daughter coloured in a colouring book a mandala for me and I wondered what a mandala was, I liked the word. I searched on the internet and found out this is a Tibetan thing and then it clicked, this is gonna be it, but I didn’t have any clue, I wasn’t very educated on the Tibetan culture. This mandala thing gets so complex you could study it for 25-30 years before you know exactly what you’re talking about, so I said okay I’ll take it from a different angle. It’s not a National Geographic documentary either. It’s very poetic and very epic. This is my vision I have no pretension about telling ‘truth’; it’s how I feel about these people.”