Gorguts
From Wisdom to Hate


5.0
classic

Review

by Ryan Edwards USER (3 Reviews)
April 27th, 2011 | 925 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gorguts once again set the bar exceedingly high, and produce a masterpiece of modern death metal.

From the unorthodox opening riff of ‘Inverted’, you may be forgiven for expecting another Obscura. In a way only Gorguts know how, the albums opener simultaneously makes you nod your head and think ‘what the hell is that?’. Indeed, From Wisdom To Hate features plenty of riffing obscurities, though there is much less of a feeling of outright experimentation, rather a mature product of their barrier-breaking efforts. Essentially, this release is a culmination of these Canadians past works, finding them at the top of their game.

Although it is fair to credit all current and previous members of Gorguts’ almost rotating line-up, it is clearly the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Luc Lemay. One of the most important figures in death metal over the past 15 years, it’s Lemay’s penchant for unusual riffs and complex yet digestible compositions that earns Gorguts their rightful praise. Featured is Lemay’s full arsenal of riffs, along with a few well-placed solos here and there, provided in part by new recruit Dan Mongrain. Perhaps a little more rhythmically driven than previous efforts, From Wisdom To Hate works from a mid-paced foundation, punctuated by both blasts and slower, crushing riffs. Helping greatly with the fluidity of this style is the fantastic drumming of Steve MacDonald, who sadly committed suicide shortly after this release, having battled depression for years.

While still retaining the expansive tonal palette and diversity of riffs found on Obscura, here it’s generally more aggressive; melding the avant-garde with pummelling tradition. Though ‘avant-garde’ and ‘progressive’ can sometimes be synonymous with long-winded and unnecessarily technical, these compositions unfold very naturally, without any filler. The whole is worth far greater than any meandering ego inspired wankery.

The key theme about this album seems to be refinement, but thankfully Gorguts keep their raw and unadulterated production values. That’s not to say that this is of demo quality or poorly produced, in fact quite the opposite; the recording is very natural, with a mix clear enough to hear all the intricacies of each instrument, while still sounding punishing when it needs to be. Lemay’s crazed screams work exceedingly well with this overall sound (no need for a master of gutturals), which serve as the cherry on top of one of the strongest groups in death metal.

It’s hard to really call Gorguts anything but confident throughout their whole career; they seemed just as comfortable with their more old-school sound on Considered Dead and The Erosion of Sanity, as they did with their jaw-dropping oddity Obscura, but here they just seem to have perfected their style, and effortlessly crafted a masterpiece. Few albums are this fully realised, or executed this well. Gorguts have firmly cemented themselves as leaders of modern death metal, no matter how long it is between albums.


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Spare
April 27th 2011


5451 Comments


fucking finally

also damn right

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KILL
April 27th 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool!

liledman
April 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah fuck me how hasnt this had a review yet?

kinda rushed this, or it feels a bit unsatisfactory, but mostly because i havent attempted a 5 review yet so i tried as best i could to give level-headed praise without becoming a fanboy.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


16504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This and Considered Dead are my two favorite Gorguts albums. I'm surprised that this didn't have a review as well.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


6357 Comments


Monstrous band.

Obscura was so intense and quirky....



good job on the review, pos.

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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great read, liledman.

I liked Obscura, is this sort of the same?

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


16504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everything they've done is good so get it all.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


16137 Comments


The Erosion of Sanity might be my favorite now. They all rule, though.

liledman
April 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah everything they have done is great, but very different. if you liked obscura though, you should like this.

liledman
April 27th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that was directed at xeno

alachlahol
April 27th 2011


7515 Comments


only gorguts album ive heard

KILL
April 27th 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u cant even gorguts either lol

alachlahol
April 27th 2011


7515 Comments


dude im canadian im closer to gorguts than youll ever be get the fuck outta here

KILL
April 27th 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude can u even inverted i dont think so gtfo

alachlahol
April 27th 2011


7515 Comments


dude that reminds me what was the term that dude used in the one review was it inverted chaos

alachlahol
April 27th 2011


7515 Comments


INVERTED CHAOS

KILL
April 27th 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its rings a bell but i cant remember but sounds awesome reminds me of the inverted intro m///////////////////////////////////////////

MO
April 27th 2011


19086 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This band is phenomenal. Good review.

jingledeath
April 27th 2011


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally, now I can stop bitching about this not having a review. Great job dude.

This and Considered Dead are my two favorite Gorguts albums.

yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


16504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Considered Dead is just as good, if not better, than Obscura.



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