They seriously haven't missed a beat in the 12 years leading up to this. The guitar-wizardry from the get-go has the trademark Gorguts sound and is second to none. Everything else fits into place beautifully. The 3 "new" members are all excellent choices and each one shines on Colored Sands. Lemay is a goddamn genius. This is an amazing album.
everything about this album has been said in other soundoffs. the only thing i'd add is that serious props go to colin marston for the production. not only is this the best death metal release so far this year but it's also the best production job in death metal i've heard in years.
Haven't heard anything this mind bending in extreme metal since "forever"... First half of the record is monumental, second is strong yet it lacks the spark of the first half. Be it as it may, Gorguts have definitely set the bar much much higher this time.
Holy fucking shit, it's 2013 and the return of death metal titans Gorguts and they have once again come up trumps. As with many people, I was skeptical to say the least as to how they would make their return from a 12-year hiatus from the death metal scene, but this is a band that takes your preconceptions and fucks them beyond any recognition. The riffs here are as hard hitting as possible in their dissonant style that Gorguts helped pioneer, whilst the new drummer makes perfect use of his hands and feet in laying down an ever-changing string of rhythms for this album. Luc sounds tortured on the vocals, shrieking his fucking tits off, whilst the bass dude keeps up with it all, so good job bass dude!
Great instrumental performances and many excellent riffs, but I wouldn't call "Colored Sands" the AOTY contender many would. A lot of these songs go on for too long, and as a result the record gets kind of boring, especially in the latter half. The vocals are too quiet in the mix as well, though admittedly other than that the production is fantastic. Lastly, "The Battle of Chamdo" is a nice track on its own, but is out of place in the context of the album. 3.4