Published Feb 24, 2016Canadian death metal institution Gorguts are ready to brutalize us again, with the Quebec-based quartet having just announced plans to issue a new concept EP called Pleiades' Dust. The record comprises one 30-minute piece touching on ideas of intellectualism, art and civilization, and it sees release May 13 through Season of Mist.
The EP features the first new material from the band since their devastating 2013 full-length, Colored Sands. Pleiades' Dust is also the first release from Gorguts since the 2014 departure of drummer John Longstreth. This time around, founder/vocalist Luc Lemay is joined by guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia), bassist Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Behold…The Arctopus) and skinsman Patrice Hamelin.
Pleiades' Dust is currently being teased with a nearly six-minute excerpt titled "Wandering Times," which is full of crushed riffs, gonzo blast beat work and ruminative but throat-rupturing growls. You'll find it below.
Lemay said in a statement that while the EP "was not written with the intention of being edited in segments," the clip should give people a good idea of what's going on with the new Gorguts release.
As our Pleiades' Dust EP 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.
Up above, you'll find the cover art, which was prepped by Zbigniew M. Bielak, while pre-orders for the set are being taken over here.