YES! YES! YES! Death metal legends Gorguts will be releasing a new EP titled Pleiades’ Dust this year. Pleiades’ Dust consists of a single song which clocks in at over 30 minutes and is set for a May 13 release via Season of Mist.

Gorguts crushed 2013 with the masterful Colored Sands, which we named Best Metal Album of the year. Pleiades’ Dust sounds like it’s going to be epic, as you can hear in a six-minute preview entitled “Wandering Times” that Gorguts released earlier today (Feb. 24).

Gorgets frontman and mastermind Luc Lemay shared the juicy details behind the EP:

As our EP 'Pleiades’ Dust' consists out of a single long narrative composition, it was not written with the intention of being edited in segments. As the storyline proceeds in chapters though, I was able to isolate this part called 'Wandering Times' which will give the listener a good idea of the composition aesthetics which are present throughout the whole piece. The lyrics tell the story of the 'House of Wisdom', which is referring to a library that was based in Baghdad sometime between the 8th and the 13th century. There much of the intellectual activity of the Middle Age took place while Europe was stuck in the Dark ages after the fall of Rome. Many scientific discoveries were made at the time such as algebra, optics, astronomy, and many more... Without the translation movement that brought this library to life, we would have never had the Renaissance that we know. It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man destroys great discoveries and achievements.

The Pleiades’ Dust artwork was crafted by Zbigniew M. Bielak (Mayhem / Watain / Ghost). Bielak was inspired by Lemay’s concept for the EP and turned Gorgets’ lyrics into a definitive piece of art. “The Golden Age of Islam left the world much indebted also to its numerous original contributions in diverse fields,” says Bielak. “From astronomy and medicine, to humanities and mathematics, Islam's heritage helped pave the way for the rise of the West to its present prominence. The mind-bending intricacy of Gorgets’ aural landscapes portrayed in this single, over thirty minutes long piece of almost classically structured music, lends an aptly dramatic narrative to the story of a leading civilization abruptly returned to dust."

Gorguts have also announced a 2016 tour of Europe beginning in March with support from Psycroptic, Dysrhythmia and Nero di Marte. Check out the full list of dates below.

To pre-order Gorguts’ Pleiades’ Dust, head over to the Season of Mist E-shop.

Gorguts, Pleiades’ Dust EP Artwork

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Gorguts 2016 European Tour Dates:

03/23 - Oslo, NO @ Inferno Festival
03/24 - Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Klubben
03/26 - Tilburg, NL @ 013
03/27 - Bruxelles, BE @ Magasin
03/28 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
03/29 - Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks
03/30 - London, UK @ The Dome
03/31 - Evreux, FR @ Abordage
04/01 - Nantes, FR @ Metalorgie Fest
04/02 - Madrid, ES @ But
04/03 - Barcelona, ES @ Boveda
04/04 - Toulouse, FR @ Metronum
04/05 - Aarau, CH @ Kiff, Foyer
04/06 - Brescia, IT @ Circolo Colony
04/07 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
04/08 - Oberhausen, DE @ Kulttempel
04/09 - Aarhus, DK @ Royal Metal Fest
04/10 - Hamburg, DE @ Headcrash
04/11 - Warszawa, PL @ Proxima
04/12 - Bratislava, SK @ Randal
04/13 - Budapest, HU @ Durer Kurt
04/14 - München, DE @ Backstage
04/15 - Praha, CZ @ Nova Chmelnice
04/16 - Leipzig, DE @ Hellraiser
04/17 - Drachten, NL @ Iduna

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