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
Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH have released part one of their mini-documentary, “Forging Mjölnir”. Filmed and directed byLuke Daley, the up-close-and-personal clip — which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork — celebrates the imminent release of the band’s ninth studio offering, “Deceiver Of The Gods”. Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic.
Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH,EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2011 “Surtur Rising” full-length delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg’s commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery.
“Deceiver Of The Gods” comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse GodsLoki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (CANDLEMASS) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, “Hel”.
“Deceiver Of The Gods” will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on June 25, in Europe June 24 and Japan on June 26.
Jim Rowland of Über Röck recently conducted an interview with vocalist Sy Keeler of British thrashers ONSLAUGHT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Über Röck: The new album, “VI”, has had a pretty amazing reaction so far. I’d imagine you’re rather pleased.
Keeler: Yeah, of course we’re pleased. All the reviews are saying, “Best thrash album of the year.” Well, I bloody well hope so. We’ve had comments like, “Listening to ‘VI’ was like hearing’Master Of Puppets’ for the first time,” or “The best thrash album since ‘Reign In Blood'” was another one. That’s a compliment, so you never get tired of hearing compliments like that. They’ve all been pretty amazing.
Über Röck: It’s a really powerful album — the production is superb. Tell us about who produced it.
Keeler: Thomas “Plec” Johansson is the man behind the production. He wasn’t our first choice; we were gonna go with Jacob Hansen again, who did “Sounds Of Violence”, but he wasn’t available. He basically blew us out, because he was offered a bigger band. I don’t even think it was a metal band, actually. He was going to make more money out of it, so he said, “Sorry, I can’t fit you in.” So we were disappointed about that, but our record company came up with Thomas Johansson. We listened to some of his work and it was, like, “Yes, this guy is very, very good.” So we just took the plunge and went for it, and we have a fantastic production on the album — it’s huge! The space he has managed to create and everything is crystal clear. It’s a brutal mix, yet there’s so much space.
Über Röck: Talking about how good the album’s sound is, the drums sound awesome on it. You have a new drummer for this album. Tell us about him.
Keeler: Oh, yes! Well, Steve Grice left on the eve of a European tour on the back of “Sounds Of Violence”, so he left around March of 2011. Jeff, our bass player, said, “I know a drummer who would probably do it” — Mic Hourihan from the death metal band DESECRATION. So he asked Mic if he could help us out on the European tour. So he said, “Yes,” and ultimately he had eight days to learn an hour-and-fifteen-minute set, and not necessarily straightforward songs either. So he worked, and worked, and worked, and on the first show it was, like, “Wow, this guy’s got something special here — we’ve got a great guy on board here.” Every night, as he got to know the songs, he was just expanding on what he was doing, and I would turn round to him with a big beaming smile on my face — “Awesome!” After four shows, we were sat in a café, and I’d already had a chat to Nige [Rockett, guitar] about it, saying we should offer this guy something, see if he would be interested in joining us. So we were sat in a café in Sweden after a show and I said, “Mic, would you be up for joining the band full time? We’re really impressed with what you’ve done.” He had a big lump in his throat, and we thought he was going to cry, or say no! He was blown away, so Mic joined on that European tour, and we haven’t looked back. He’s such an explosive drummer, it’s amazing. When I heard the finished product of the new album, it was, “Oh my God!” I was gobsmacked. So we have an awesome drummer on board, I’m pleased to say. He’s reliable, consistent, his timekeeping is second to none and every night I still find myself turning round and smiling at him, because he’s done something else!