Roadrunner sucks majorly, that has been established; but these 2-for-1 things seem pretty cool, in comparison to digging out over $20+ dollars for two 10 year old albums. With that said, if you consider yourself a fan of death metal, Considered Dead and Erosion of Sanity should already be in your collection. If they’re not, look for an “add to cart” button. It should be where it normally is, but who knows. Maybe Gorguts is just awesome enough to forcefully re-arrange a page layout, as well as listeners’ entrails. One of the reasons old-school death metal is so cool is because, every band had a different pool of influence. Every band sounded different, and no band at that point strived for faceless grunting “brutality.” Gorguts is no exception, with their early example of technical precision, and dark layered harmonies hidden somewhere between the correlation of buzzsaw guitars and frenetic bass lines.
Considered Dead marks Gorguts’ first spash into the death metal scene. It wasn’t really recieved as well as peers like Death and Deicide to be called a “splash,” so maybe a better analogy is “underwater creature that stealthily eats whales and sailors.” Considered Dead was a every bit as morbid of a declaration as other landmark old school releases such as Leprosy and Cause of Death, but Gorguts infused a biting sense of technicality that went beyond rapid tempo changes. Well-integrated pitch-harmonics and shuffling time signatures offered a cryptic hint of things to come.
The Erosion of Sanity would later be deemed one of the best death metal records of the early nineties. The band pushed beyond the cookie-cutter production of Considered Dead, and a new-found crispness allowed Gorguts’ riffs to evolve into more gutwrenching beasts. Bass lines and squeeling guitars swarmed into some almost jazzy scales, before dispersing into some minimalist death metal framework. There was no lack of variety here, with the said intricacies and acoustic/piano parts. Luc’s vocals were better than ever, with a mid-ranged growls that easily descended into more bassy Chris Barnes-esque grunts. This album took a while to get used to, so if you’re looking for instant musical gratification, look elsewhere. The riffs make a little more sense every time you listen to it, until you reach some sort of nirvana where your mind just “clicks” with the music, and you get a satisfying sense of: “I get it now!” These Canadians never quite got the attention that would ever make their name known by mainstream tadpoles, making Gorguts one of death metal’s best hidden gems.
- Thus says the Pellington