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Gorguts - From Wisdom to Hate
Review: In waves passing through cycles that evolve a subconscious theme into articulation, songs of this album sweep through a palette of vivid sound that melts through the rigid architectures of rhythm that comprise the riff lexicon as rendered into linearity as telegraphic precise structure etched through an enwrapping rhythm and songwriting that emphasizes somewhat conventional structures resulting in a highly listenable album. Like Deeds of Flesh with a Ph.D., this album could be explained as a larger take on what Voivod or Immolation within the Cryptopsy sound in the context of expressing sublime melody as first projected on "Obscura" by this band.
Churning and percussive in the classic North American style this album also detours with an offbeat change into broken-rhythm, abstracted pieces revealing portions of theme. Consistency is much higher than the previous Gorguts album, calling to mind the one previous with an exercised sense of listener dynamic and the will to craft structures which, revealing their mainly classical basis, often operate within the same key and use structure as contrasted to the matrix of patterning within each piece to create musical change as an alternative to the shifting of tone centers and jazz flavorings of the last album. Intensely practiced and diligently sparse musicality underlines concept with proof of ideal and a handful of conventional death voices with the inflective variation of black metal furnishes an essential element of the genre while encouraging progressive experimentation.
The enlightened use of blasting and driving technical structures featuring tempo-driving offbeat double-hit drumming and the incorporation of structure behind the melody using dissonant chords provides a range of data types for theme, which built around central ideals is distributed chaotically although cautiously through varied renderings such as flutterstrum guitar melody behind a charging lead line and subtle harmonies anchoring layers throughout the work, fuels themes of conflict between a stagnation with the sense of conflict with world itself and the desire to discover more of the faint coherence emerging through the chaos. Dynamic variation has been reduced and development of linear theme intensified as a result in these almost operatic phrases gliding through the battering, pulverizing roaring guttural chaos as the operative minds inside each piece seek a balance with themselves and their perception of a world worth hating.
Obviously cautious after the ambitious and for some unlistenable "Obscura," Gorguts proceed with a fusion of current death metal, older styles for this band, and the more communicative ideas from experimentation on the previous album. Knowledge integrated, new output produced: smoothly connected, memorable in distinctive songwriting individual to each tune, of enlightened backend conception and melodic-thematic integration while of foreground conscious of the listener: physical motion evocative intricacy of thunderous code iterating the cycles of equilibrium in existence, should one choose to remain a conscious being. As if in reply, through the raw joy of music and passion in structure this album is an argument for consciousness.