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Release date: 23 June 1998
Style: Technical death metal, Avantgarde metal

Rating:

8.5 | 156 votes

Owners:

153 have it
27 want it


01. Obscura
02. Earthly Love
03. The Carnal State
04. Nostalgia
05. The Art Of Sombre Ecstasy
06. Clouded
07. Subtle Body
08. Rapturous Grief
09. La Vie Est Prelude
10. Illuminatus
11. Faceless Ones
12. Sweet Silence

Review
Lyrics (12)


Line-up
Luc Lemay - vocals, guitars, viola (2)
"Big" Steeve Hurdle - guitars, vocals
Patrick Robert - drums
Steve Cloutier - bass


Additional info
Recorded and mixed at Studio Victor in Montréal.
Mastered at Fashion Sound Production.
Produced by Pierre Remillard and Gorguts.

Music by - Lemay (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 7 to 10, 12), Hurdle, Cloutier (tracks: 2 to 5, 7 to 12).
Lyrics by - Lemay, Hurdle.

Re-released on double LP in 2012 by War on Music.

Guest review by
tuerda

Rating:
9.4
It's hard to know where to begin with Gorguts's Obscura. This album is one of the strangest pieces of music I have ever listened to. What others have said about it tends to vary between people who claim that it isn't music at all, but just an hour of random noises, to people who claim that it is the greatest metal album of all time. I tend to side with the latter, but it is hard not to have some sort of sympathy for the former.

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published 29.06.2006 | Comments (17)

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Got Mayhem? - 27.07.2010 at 02:16  
Rating: 10 Quite possibly the most insane yet very coherent album ever made. Luc Lemay is an idol of mine and this album is a shining example of why this is. Every single aspect of Obscura is unreal. From the dissonant guitar work, to the stunning bass, to the inhuman drumming, this is a masterpiece of insanity.

Bow to the masters of completely original death metal
Horus - 01.05.2011 at 12:54  
Rating: 10 Death metal in its most perfect form
Nosurper - 29.12.2011 at 20:12  
  It is impossible to find this album for purchase, it's very frustrating
I_Die_Often - 30.12.2011 at 15:27  
Rating: 7 My wife to be was going to buy this for me!
I wouldn't let her... cost too damn much!
Why can't they reissue this? There seems to be enough demand for it.
Cill O' Connor - 13.05.2012 at 15:51  
Rating: 3 I don't get it. Far too long, too chaotic and devoid of any groove or rhythm for my taste. Every song on this was a headache to listen to, bar 'Nostalgia'.
Boxcar Willy - 16.05.2012 at 01:25  
 
Written by Cill O' Connor on 13.05.2012 at 15:51

I don't get it. Far too long, too chaotic and devoid of any groove or rhythm for my taste. Every song on this was a headache to listen to, bar 'Nostalgia'.

Surely it doesn't deserve a 3 though?

I think you're trying too hard, just sit back and let it play
Illog1cal - 17.11.2012 at 02:48  
  I definitely think this is one the most innovative pieces of art ever created, it avoids falling flat on its face which a lot of artists trying to produce groundbreaking work often do. However I often feel like it repeats itself occasionally, the same ideas from the beginning of the album are heard once again near the end. This holds me back from giving a 10.
king_matt - 12.01.2013 at 00:18  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 17.11.2012 at 02:48

I definitely think this is one the most innovative pieces of art ever created, it avoids falling flat on its face which a lot of artists trying to produce groundbreaking work often do. However I often feel like it repeats itself occasionally, the same ideas from the beginning of the album are heard once again near the end. This holds me back from giving a 10.

I agree completely.
Diverge - 26.06.2013 at 18:38  
Rating: 10 So many current death metal bands should be giving Gorguts royalties.
!J.O.O.E.! - 26.06.2013 at 19:51  
Rating: 8
Written by Diverge on 26.06.2013 at 18:38

So many current death metal bands should be giving Gorguts royalties.

Not really. Perhaps the likes of Ulcerate, Diskord, Baring Teeth and a handful of others owe something directly to them, but very few death metal bands adopt the avant-garde approach seen here. Influential perhaps, but certainly not to the point where bands should be paying royalties.

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