Gorguts - Colored Sands


8.2 | 183 votes |
Release date: 30 August 2013
Style: Technical death metal, Avantgarde metal

Owners:

179 have it
25 want it


01. Le Toit Du Monde
02. An Ocean Of Wisdom
03. Forgotten Arrows
04. Colored Sands
05. The Battle Of Chamdo
06. Enemies Of Compassion
07. Ember's Voice
08. Absconders
09. Reduced To Silence

Line-up
Luc Lemay - guitars, vocals
Kevin Hufnagel - guitars
John Longstreth - drums
Colin Marston - bass

Additional info
• Digipak CD
• Gatefold 2-LP version released in different colours:
 - 150 yellow-red
 - 350 clear
 - regular black

Definitely my favorite of the decade+ long comeback album craze that has been happening lately.



psykometal's picks | More picks ››
Thumbs up: Troy Killjoy

Found in 37 lists
Top lists



Comments page 2 / 2

Comments: 53   Visited by: 609 users
03.10.2013 - 17:36
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by psykometal on 03.10.2013 at 15:27

Written by Daniell on 03.10.2013 at 10:27

Gorguts make their music so weird that it becomes ridiculous. I like to listen to music that actually resembles songs. Gorguts create random assemblies of riffs and drum fills that are supposed to be songs, but they aren't. I listened to "Colored Sands" a few times when the album leaked, and now, when it's out, I revisited it on spotify just to see if my initial impression was correct. It was.

They sound like songs to me.



they indeed still are songs, with a head and a tail.
----
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

Loading...
03.10.2013 - 17:37
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 03.10.2013 at 15:33

Yeah Gorguts are strange but I wouldn't say that they're so alien that the songs don't sound like songs. I can understand people not liking the dissonance however.



somehow I am starting to get a 2001: A Space Odessey is not a film deja vu
----
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

Loading...
03.10.2013 - 18:42
!J.O.O.E.!
Account deleted
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.10.2013 at 17:37


somehow I am starting to get a 2001: A Space Odessey is not a film deja vu

Haha, I think he came perilously close. I think we should ask him whether or not Gorguts is music. If he says yes he should explain to us then why it's music but doesn't consist of songs
Loading...
03.10.2013 - 18:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 03.10.2013 at 18:42

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.10.2013 at 17:37


somehow I am starting to get a 2001: A Space Odessey is not a film deja vu

Haha, I think he came perilously close. I think we should ask him whether or not Gorguts is music. If he says yes he should explain to us then why it's music but doesn't consist of songs



----
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

Loading...
05.10.2013 - 23:12
Head of Metal
Will DEFINITELY be picking this up at some point.
----
Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com
Loading...
08.11.2013 - 04:13
Rating: 5
Daggon
Underpaid M.D.
That was reaaaaally boring, too bad, I wanted to enjoy this.
----
"Les vers savent qu'ils n'ont pas d'ailes, c'est pour cela qu'ils se cachent sous terre"

Loading...
21.11.2013 - 05:47
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by Daggon on 08.11.2013 at 04:13

That was reaaaaally boring, too bad, I wanted to enjoy this.

We are evidently not listening to the same album, I enjoyed this much more than From Wisdom To Hate.
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 06:21
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Guest on 21.11.2013 at 05:47
We are evidently not listening to the same album, I enjoyed this much more than From Wisdom To Hate.

I think it's safe for me to say this has actually become my favorite Gorguts release. I know it's probably not a popular opinion but I don't think their back catalog stands up to this album.
----
Prettier than BloodTears.
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 13:35
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.11.2013 at 06:21

Written by Guest on 21.11.2013 at 05:47
We are evidently not listening to the same album, I enjoyed this much more than From Wisdom To Hate.

I think it's safe for me to say this has actually become my favorite Gorguts release. I know it's probably not a popular opinion but I don't think their back catalog stands up to this album.


No no, it can't be, Troy. I'd thought the same way when I was going through the first track but eventually have to settled it down with "okay, good album, nothing else". If you're fan of Gorguts and think about this(your) decision, it might be. Personally, I don't think so.
----
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 14:35
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 21.11.2013 at 13:35
No no, it can't be, Troy.

It may not be better per se, but I've definitely listened to this more than I've listened to all of their previous albums combined in the past few months. Basically I look at those albums and think nah, I'd rather listen to Colored Sands.
----
Prettier than BloodTears.
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 14:40
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.11.2013 at 14:35

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 21.11.2013 at 13:35
No no, it can't be, Troy.

It may not be better per se, but I've definitely listened to this more than I've listened to all of their previous albums combined in the past few months. Basically I look at those albums and think nah, I'd rather listen to Colored Sands.


May be. I'm not big fan of Gorguts, matter of fact, don't know much about this band as I haven't listen to their previous records much. I think you could be right.
----
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 14:43
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 21.11.2013 at 14:40
I think you could be right.

Not about right and wrong here, although from a general standpoint I think most people would say Gorguts hit their peak with Obscura.
----
Prettier than BloodTears.
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 16:14
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.11.2013 at 14:43

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 21.11.2013 at 14:40
I think you could be right.

Not about right and wrong here, although from a general standpoint I think most people would say Gorguts hit their peak with Obscura.


But, we're talking about Colored Sands.
----
Loading...
21.11.2013 - 22:53
Lit.
Account deleted
I wouldn't call Colored Sands better than Obscura. Just better than Wisdom.
I'm not gonna compare it to their first two, though, because those are kinda in different leagues and I enjoy those on a different level.
Loading...
23.11.2013 - 17:18
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.11.2013 at 06:21

Written by Guest on 21.11.2013 at 05:47
We are evidently not listening to the same album, I enjoyed this much more than From Wisdom To Hate.

I think it's safe for me to say this has actually become my favorite Gorguts release. I know it's probably not a popular opinion but I don't think their back catalog stands up to this album.

I actually know a lot of people who share this point of view, which I find very fascinating.

While I don't think it is better than From Wisdom to Hate or Obscura, it's a really nice comeback that has some excellent moments (particularly past the Battle of Chamdo). I just tend to think the first half of the album is lacking relative to what Gorguts were capable of doing.
Loading...
23.11.2013 - 17:38
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Diverge on 23.11.2013 at 17:18
I just tend to think the first half of the album is lacking relative to what Gorguts were capable of doing.

To be honest, I feel the same way. Even though this as turned out to be my favorite Gorguts release, I was personally expecting more. Their sound has been modernized but I don't think it's been sterilized. It lacks the unpredictability of their back catalog but also sounds more consistent, which is what I like so much about it.
----
Prettier than BloodTears.
Loading...
18.01.2014 - 00:02
Rating: 8
mz
I'm with Lit on this. Better than FWtH and a welcomed comeback. Not as crazy and astonishing as Obscura but this ain't a problem as that album is really hard to match.
----
Giving my ears a rest from music.
Loading...
15.05.2014 - 01:30
!J.O.O.E.!
Account deleted
Finally got round to listening to it. Aside from being a tad too long at some points this is a hella good album. Great production; not as gritty as Obscura and songs have a surprising amount of flow to them. May 9 this in the future if subsequent visits please me as much.
Loading...
15.05.2014 - 03:56
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 15.05.2014 at 01:30

Finally got round to listening to it. Aside from being a tad too long at some points this is a hella good album. Great production; not as gritty as Obscura and songs have a surprising amount of flow to them. May 9 this in the future if subsequent visits please me as much.

It definitely is a great album. The production certainly stands out on it, and really makes it sound massive. I still think the opening track is the best
Loading...
15.05.2014 - 03:57
!J.O.O.E.!
Account deleted
Written by Alex F on 15.05.2014 at 03:56

It definitely is a great album. The production certainly stands out on it, and really makes it sound massive. I still think the opening track is the best

If I had to pick a favourite track I'd probably opt for Forgotten Arrows. I love the latter half of it; sounds heavy as sin. The classical instrumental track is a nice touch too.
Loading...
15.05.2014 - 09:33
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
I also have been listening to this a lot lately and I cannot see anything wrong with it, there were a couple of times where I even played this twice back to back. The first half is indeed better than the second one but this takes nothing from the greatness of this record.
----
He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
Loading...
21.10.2015 - 21:15
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
Definitely Gorguts' second best album, though only slightly better than From Wisdom to Hate. In all honesty, I think Colored Sands does succeed in spearheading a more-or-less new direction for Gorguts, though it features some techniques used in the last two albums (especially Obscura). I think the first half eclipses the second half in terms of quality (though the second half is still very good stuff), especially with the beautiful violin-led instrumental "The Battle of Chamdo", showcasing the band's delicate approach to giving the listener a break from all the twisted proggy death metal. The best songs here in my opinion are the first two in fact, "Le Toit du Monde" and "An Ocean of Wisdom", as well as "The Battle of Chamdo". Everything else falls slightly short of the expectations caused by these three tunes, but the album is very consistent and keeps the listener intrigued until the end.
Loading...
17.11.2016 - 19:37
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
I had actually never listened to any of their music before seeing them live. Bought this and Pleiades Dust after the show, and I think I'm really liking this album. Not sure how to rate it yet, but this one started out pretty decent and is already growing on me the more I listen to it.
----
"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

Loading...

Hits total: 10817 | This month: 99