Canadian technical death metallers GORGUTS will release their fifth album,“Colored Sands”, on August 30 in Europe and September 3 in North America via Season Of Mist. The effort will be made available will be available as a digipak CD limited to the first pressing, regular black LP, transparent clear LP and red/yellow colored LP.
“Colored Sands” track listing:
01. Le Toit Du Monde
02. An Ocean Of Wisdom
03. Forgotten Arrows
04. Colored Sands
05. The Battle Of Chamdo
06. Enemies Of Compassion
07. Ember’s Voice
09. Reduced To Silence
GORGUTS guitarist/vocalist Luc Lemay previously told Zero Tolerancemagazine about “Colored Sands”: “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 colored in a coloring 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.”
The band has also announced a string of headlining shows leading to and from this year’s Hopscotch Festival. the U.S. trek, which begins on September 5 in Springfield, Virginia, will travel through Hopscotch before ending on September 8 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
War On Music Records in 2011 released on vinyl the GORGUTS albums“From Wisdom To Hate” (2001) and “Obscura” (1998). These records were largely regarded as pioneering works in the technical death metal genre, and set the standard for the decade to follow.
GORGUTS‘ current lineup is as follows:
* Luc Lemay (NEGATIVA) – Vocals, Guitar
* Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, BYLA, EUCLID STREET, THE FIFTH SEASON, GREY DIVISION BLUE) – Guitar
* Colin Marston (DYSRHYTHMIA, BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS, BYLA, KRALLICE, INDRICOTHERE) – Bass
* John Longstreth (DIM MAK, ORIGIN, THE RED CHORD, SKINLESS, POSSESSION, ANGELCORPSE) – Drums
Due to the recent arrest of their lead singer Tim Lambesis, San Diego metallers AS I LAY DYING have canceled their participation in the upcoming KILLSWITCH ENGAGE North American headlining tour.
Says AS I LAY DYING in a statement: “In light of recent events, AS I LAY DYING will, unfortunately, not be taking part in the upcoming tour withKILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Given the circumstances, we feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted. We’d like to thank all of our fans for their ongoing support at this difficult time.”
Lambesis was arrested on may 7 for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He was ordered held on $3 million bail during his arraignment hearing last Thursday and he faces nine years in state prison if convicted.
SLIPKNOT’s very own Knotfest — the most cutting-edge heavy music festival in America — has revealed additional bands for the October 24-26 destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, California.
Already featuring some of the biggest names in metal — SLIPKNOT, DANZIG, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, ANTHRAX and more — the Knotfest lineup has now added FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH, SATYRICON, AMEN, OTEP, PRONG, IMMOLATION, ATTIKA 7 and more. The new additions will perform on the Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball.
As previously announced, SLIPKNOT will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.
All Knotfest ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of SLIPKNOT’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on release date.
Knotfest — powered by Rockstar Energy Drink — will feature a SLIPKNOT-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP Pre-Party Bash with band performances and other activities for those that have purchased VIP or Camping Packages.
The current Knotfest U.S. band lineup by stage is as follows:
Friday, October 24 – Pre-Party For Camping & VIP Guests
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday, October 25
Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball:
IN THIS MOMENT
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
MISS MAY I
ONE OK ROCK
MAXIMUM THE HORMONE
MAN WITH A MISSION
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Sunday, October 26
Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball:
UPON A BURNING BODY
OF MICE & MEN
VEIL OF MAYA
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
Every Knotfest has been a fully immersive experience for fans, and this one ups the ante. In addition to performances from more than 60 of the heaviest bands on the planet, attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 festival attractions including a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, a zipline across the festival grounds, drum circles, a massive display of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and much more.
Knotfest tickets are on sale now at www.knotfest.com. A limited number of VIP packages are still available. Camping packages are sold out.
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. each day and the show runs until 12:30 a.m. on Saturday and 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.