Gorguts Turn Massachusetts Into ‘Carnal State’
Gorguts embarked on a very small string of shows to promote their stellar new album ‘Colored Sands,’ stopping at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., to cap the series of gigs. Revered as one of the most technical and twisted death metal acts to ever grace the genre, the crowd was palpably hot with anticipation for the masters of chaos and lords of dissonance.
The set opened with the title track off ‘From Wisdom to Hate,’ which is a fitting song to kick things off with given the militaristic nature of the beginning. The tones from frontman Luc Lemay’s Orange cabinet and bassist Colin Marston’s massive rig were almost enough to crumble the venue. Guitarist Kevin Hufangel’s more mid range tone and the percussive fury of speculated drummer Patrice Hamelin, filling in for the absence of John Longstreth, complimented these tones.
The band quickly tore off another classic, ‘Carnal State’ from the masterpiece album ‘Obscura.’ After the overwhelming dissonance of the song, Lemay asked the crowd if they wanted to hear something new, which was met to an uproar of applause and immediate shout outs of new song titles from the fans. Gorguts began the stretch of new songs with ‘Le Tuit du Monde,’ the opener off ‘Colored Sands.’ Following ‘Le Tuit du Monde’ were the next two songs off the new record, ‘An Ocean of Wisdom’ and ‘Forgotten Arrows.’ The latter was one of the heaviest moments of the set with the chugging madness and beatdown of the second half of the song bringing out even more energy from the ceaseless pit.
The churning atonal maelstrom of ‘Nostalgia’ was up next. In the midst of dodging flying bodies and avoiding a broken jaw, watching Gorguts execute this song was downright mesmerizing. The overt technicality and the intertwining of the guitar parts are unthinkable as to how they were even conceived, much less performed with such mastery. The same could be said for the pick-tapping clinic that is ‘Inverted’ and the infamous title track from ‘Obscura.’ It could not have been more evident that Lemay chose the best musicians for the job when he resurrected the band five years ago.
After extending his gratitude for the fans’ appreciation of his music again and again, Lemay and company departed from the stage. Not satisfied after just eight songs, the crowd chanted the band’s name, demanding more. Before long, Gorguts took the stage again to rip into two songs from their sophomore album, ‘The Erosion of Sanity.’ The title track and the follow-up classic ‘Orphans of Sickness’ were the only two songs played from the pre-‘Obscura’ era of the band.
Immediately after the encore ended, Lemay took the time to shake hands and talk with fans. One asked about his custom guitar, and, without even thinking twice, Lemay handed the guitar to the fan to hold and take a closer look at. He then ran off stage to grab the business card of the person who built the guitar if the fan wanted to inquire more. The night was one of mutual respect and appreciation between the fans and the band. In the end, it could not be said who was happier to be there more.
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