Gorguts
Obscura


4.5
superb

Review

by TheSubject USER (2 Reviews)
April 29th, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


To put it simply, Gorguts' third album "Obscura" is not what most call a normal metal record. Although still recognizably metal in sound, with blast beats, heavily distorted guitar tones and tortured vocals and lyrics Gorguts utilizes many techniques usually not seem in the genre, borrowing from records like Miles Davis' Bitches Brew or late works of John Coltrane; Gorguts manages to create a dense, heavy, thick and depressing atmosphere. The Guitar and bass harmonies are incredibly discordant, guitar leads wail and shriek over top ever changing, schizophrenic drum patterns, coupled with deranged vocals makes for an incredibly frightening and depressing listen.

Upon first listen the music will probably sound like an unorganized mess of technicality and dissonance but with further listening the listener will grow to understand the brilliance in all the chaos. The songs never get lost in themselves always there is just a hint of humanity present to engage the audience, when the tempos increase (like in Earthly Love) each note can still be heard avoiding just a mess of sound. When the tempo decreases like in the song Clouded (which crawls along at an agonizingly slow pace) the audience does not simply get bored, there is enough going on in the music to keep one interested throughout. In addition the use of unconventional instruments and techniques such as the viola in Earthly Love and the a-tonal lead guitar delivered with guitar tapping in the title track add to the music and keeps things interesting.

Although the album still does have its flaws, there is little variety to be heard here. Once one becomes accustom to the dissonance and pain in the tracks. There is little else to be found the result is an album that can occasionally drag. But despite this minor setback and how off-putting the album may be at first listen. In many listens the listener will come to see music with great scope and originality.

Best Tracks: Obscura, Clouded.


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2012


6202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Despite some setbacks, it is a good review, have a pos.



Some suggested corrections:


Although still recognizably metal in sound, with blast beats, heavily distorted guitar tones and tortured vocals and lyrics Gorguts utilizes many techniques usually not seem in the genre, borrowing from records like Miles Davis' Bitches Brew or late works of John Coltrane

Although the whole record is death metal in design, Gorguts utilize techniques alien to the genre, developed by artists such as John Coltrane or Miles Davis during their experimental works.


Not sure what you are trying to say in the following sentence.

Although the album still does have its flaws, there is little variety to be heard here.



Once one becomes accustom

Once one becomes accustomed




Other than that, the record slays and everyone is awaiting for the new Gorguts record to arrive soon enough.

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

TheSubject
April 29th 2012


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for giving me some suggestions that I can work with.

How can I edit some of the grammar and spelling mistakes in the review though?

sniper
April 29th 2012


19076 Comments


go to your profile and there's a button under your profile pic (or where your profile pic would be if you had one) that says edit reviews

Dimor
April 29th 2012


1780 Comments


Insane record

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2012


18703 Comments


only tech death band u ever need to hear

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2012


6202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In your profile there is a function called "Edit My review/albums".

However, this function is down at the moment due to a site bug.

TheSubject
April 29th 2012


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok, I guess I will try later.


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2012


18703 Comments


yeah its broked atm

sniper
April 29th 2012


19076 Comments


this album is sick i just listened to it the first time last night. i was really impressed.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2012


18703 Comments


the erosion of sanity is still my fav

this is my least fav gorguts i think but still 4/5 maybe

Dimor
April 29th 2012


1780 Comments


Basically all their stuff is worth checking out. From Wisdom To Hate will always be my favorite though.

sniper
April 29th 2012


19076 Comments


i'll do some listening.

dammets
April 29th 2012


2035 Comments


is this band any good live?

KILL
April 29th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they are hevy

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

DeadBeat
April 29th 2012


529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"only tech death band u ever need to hear"


None So Vile

Spec
April 29th 2012


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"only tech death band u ever need to hear"

That is not an intelligent thing to say.


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2012


18703 Comments


except it is

MO
April 29th 2012


18865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules

sniper
April 29th 2012


19076 Comments


not screamo buddy
thanks for the heads up

sniper
April 30th 2012


19076 Comments


i was thinking i'll just listen to both at the same time



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