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Gorguts, Origin, Nero Di Marte, Morgue Supplier, Air Raid 

When: Sun., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Quebec-based technical death-metal band Gorguts (largely the brainchild of front man Luc Lemay) formed in 1989 and have been granted legendary status in the scene thanks to their third album, 1998’s Obscura—it took a quantum leap into a realm of philosophical torment and rhythmic convolution that no one had envisioned in quite that way before. Like the new Colored Sands (Season of Mist), Obscura ended a hiatus for the band, but in that case it was only five years—Colored Sands is the first new Gorguts studio album since 2001. It might not have happened at all if guitarist Steeve Hurdle (whose group Negativa featured Lemay) hadn’t persuaded Lemay to re-form Gorguts for its 20th anniversary. Hurdle died in 2012, and his contributions are sorely missed, but the lineup on Colored Sands is a supergroup of sorts, featuring guitarist Kevin Hufnagel and bassist Colin Marston (both of Dysrhythmia) and drummer John Longstreth of Origin (replacing Steve MacDonald, who committed suicide in 2002). And they take another massive leap with Colored Sands—a concept album about Tibet, more or less, it’s as painstakingly constructed as the sand mandalas it references. (Even the string-ensemble piece, “The Battle of Chamdo,” doesn’t seem gratuitous.) With its relentlessly inventive energy, it sets up a rich, uneasy tension between meditation and mutilation. —Monica Kendrick Origin, Nero Di Marte, Morgue Supplier, and Air Raid open.


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