Monday, July 20, 2009

Gorguts - Obscura


This is one of those albums that absolutely slays despite the fact that there's not a whole lot of variety. Gorguts replaced its entire lineup save for Luc Lemay for this album, and it's just wildly different than the first two, with guitar tones that are creepy as hell, rampant time signature changes, and jagged edges all over the place. It's more than a little similar to John Zorn's albums "Astronome" and "Moonchild" (although the vocals aren't quite as weird as Mike Patton's). This isn't "brutal" in the typical death metal sense, with blastbeats out the wazoo and Cookie Monster vocals; it's brutal in that it's absolutely chaotic and unpredictable, with complicated guitar and drum patterns, with Lemay's screaming actually sounding like he's agonized instead of just trying to sound "scary."
Still, this album's kind of a one trick pony, but that's not so bad when the trick is this good. Obscura doesn't get boring at any point even though it's over an hour long. A few tracks vary things up just a little (the nine-minute "Clouded" is considerably slower than the other tracks, for example) but for the most part, this is just an incredibly consistent slab of technical death metal. A true milestone in the genre.

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