Wednesday, 4 April 2012

GORGUTS - The Erosion Of Sanity (1993)

01  With Their Flesh He'll Create
02  Condemned To Obscurity
03  The Erosion Of Sanity
04  Orphans of Sickness
05  Hideous Infirmity
06  A Path Beyond Premonition
07  Odors Of Existence
08  Dormant Misery

Gorguts were formed in 1989 by Luc Lemay (vocals and guitar), Sylvain Marcoux (guitar), Éric Giguère (bass) and Stephane Provencher (drums). They were signed to Roadrunner Records and put out their first album called "Considered Dead" in 1991. In 1993, they released their second album, which was more experimental and technical, titled "The Erosion of Sanity". After the release however, Roadrunner decided to drop them. Subsequently, the band went into hiatus for five years, with many fans believing that they had broken up. It’s a sad world when an album this brilliant comes around yet does little to booster a band as talented as Gorguts into the folds of death metal’s most elite bands, yet many still recognize this as the classic that has yet to receive the acclaim it deserves.

The music on offer here is raging death metal, with constantly shifting rhythms and tempo changes. Guitarists Lemay and Sylvain Marcoux lay down plenty of complex riffs and screaming solo fills, while bassist Eric Giguère and drummer Stephane Provencher provide plenty of blistering blast beats and rumbling bass grooves. Tracks like; "Orphans of Sickness", "With Their Flesh, He'll Create" (the album's highlight), and "Condemned to Obscurity" rampage at full-speed with brutal, violent intent, and if the seething, technical nature of the arrangements don't pull you in, the haunting growls of Lemay surely will. His infernal bellowing on the title track or "Hideous Infirmity" is deliciously entertaining, and his scorched wail on "Path Beyond Premonition" sets the stage for Provencher's relentless blast beats and a constant barrage of pummeling guitar riffs. Truly frightening, yet impressive at the same time. The addition of some beautiful, majestic classical guitar on "Dormant Misery" adds a brief but necessary moment of tranquility before more brutality, but shows the diversity and technical ability this band has.

It is in desperate times like these, when a genre such as death metal begins to stagnate that we must look back to rediscover the more extreme and experimental corners of the quickly narrowing genre. Being as this album went out of print in 1996, I'm very happy they brought it back, seeing as I was much too young back then to appreciate it. "The Erosion Of Sanity" is definitely up there as one of my favourite death metal listens...

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