If there’s a faster way to get me to not care about a record than to describe it as “technical death metal”, I haven’t found it yet. Frantic riffing, sweep picking, constant blast beats, and other hallmarks of the genre tend to do nothing for me. However, like everything in life, there’s always an exception. For me, Gorguts is that exception.
Pleiades’ Dust is the new “ep” (it’s one 33 minute song) by the Canadian wizards. It is a logical continuation from their last full length, Coloured Sands, but differs in that the frantic pace of the songs from Coloured Sands is not carried right off the bat on Pleiades’ Dust, and in that there is a clear doom-y feel to the album. The EP starts off as a slow burner, while still heavy and visceral, it is not over the top with it’s technicality, but instead chooses to use creative chord choice, prominent bass playing, and restrained yet precise drumming to create a heavy, yet almost soothing album.
The only flaw I see in this album is the ambient “down time”. Some interlude like parts lose a bit of steam. While they’re interesting, and not bland, they do cause a bit of a lull in the song, and would be better suited, in my opinion, for a full length. I like those parts, but I feel like the fat could have been trimmed a bit for the sake of pacing.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a death metal album through and through. All the “mellow” parts on the album do not take away from that. As far as death metal goes, these guys are easily one of the best, and by no means is this disappointing. The bottom line? If you like heavy and creative music, you really can’t go wrong with Gorguts. There are very few on their level, and I can’t wait to hear where they go next.
Releases May 13th on Season of Mist
For Fans of: Ulcerate, and a bunch of bands that have tried and failed to sound like Gorguts.