When it comes to GORGUTS, you have to expect the unexpected. In an age of a postulated  clash of cultures, mastermind Luc Lemay delivers a piece of music that is conceptually and  lyrically based on the “House of Wisdom”, a medieval library based in Baghdad and at the heart  of the Golden Age of Islam with its many scientific breakthroughs in various fields of learning.  As Luc comments: “It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man  destroys great discoveries and achievements.” Musically there is more narrative feeling as each  section is introduced in such a way that every riff has the space to evolve like a character in a  story.  

The stunning cover art created to reflect this concept has been specially created by renowned  Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (MAYHEM, GHOST, ZHRINE et. al.).  Few extreme bands can boast the pedigree of GORGUTS. During their early days as part of  death metal’s first wave, they created a legacy of legendary releases including their debut album  ‘Considered Dead’ (1991) and its more experimental and technical follow-up ‘Erosion of  Sanity’ (1993). After a hiatus of five years, Luc Lemay returned with a new line-up, which  released the highly acclaimed and seminal third full-length ‘Obscura’ (1998). By then  GORGUTS had been busy at expanding and redefining the language of death metal. With a new  line-up that left Lemay as the sole original member, the next milestone album was released  under the title ‘From Wisdom to Hate’ (2001).  

Yet again the band went into hibernation, while their musical legacy continued to inspire and  thrive as their native Quebec became a focus for technical death metal with acts such as  CRYPTOPSY, NEURAXIS, and BEYOND CREATION to name but a few following in their  footsteps. After more than a decade of silence, mastermind Luc Lemay unleashed ‘Colored  Sands’ (2013) with an all-star line-up including Colin Marston (BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS),  Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA), and John Longstreth (ORIGIN, SKINLESS), who has in  the meantime been replaced by Patrice Hamelin (QUO VADIS, BENEATH THE  MASSACRE).  

Now GORGUTS return with their most experimental song so far that combines all their virtues  into one massive masterpiece. Lean back and listen carefully!  


Luc Lemay: rhythm guitar, vocals  

Kevin Hufnagel: lead guitar  

Colin Marston: bass  

Patrice Hamelin: drums

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