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If you enjoy Florida influenced death metal with very rough vocals, then the extreme metal band Gorguts may be a band that you enjoy listening to. I would consider the band Gorguts to be Canada’s answer to Cannibal Corpse. Their debut studio album Considered Dead was released back in 1991 and it is one of those outstanding death metal albums.
Musical Style and Lyrical Themes of the Album Considered Dead
The style of this debut is basically like the album Human combined with a vocal style that is a mix of Chuck Schuldiner and David Vincent. If you listen to the album closely enough, you will be able to detect that there is a Cannibal Corpse influence in the music as well. Lyrically, Gorguts is similar to the band Obituary focusing on themes such as death and other evil topics. But musically, Gorguts is superior to Obituary because of their use of exotic riffs which make them stand out and this exoticness also is present in the solo parts. Also very common on this album is the constant rough vocal yells or growls in the song by Luc Lemay. Chris Barnes formerly of Cannibal Corpse provides guest vocals on a few of the songs.
Gorguts was formed in 1989, just before the dawn of the 1990s and the rapid rise in the death metal genre. They have also influenced Madrid Spain’s death metal band Avulsed as well.
Analysis of the Album Considered Dead
The album starts out with the acoustic part called “…And Then Comes Lividity” which is only about 45 seconds long so we can’t really consider it a song in the traditional sense. “Stiff and Cold” is a song that lyrically describes what happens to a mountain climber that climbs a mountain that is full of ice. He wonders whether he will survive this climb to the top or whether he will succumb to this mountain that is full of ice. The title track of this album lyrically describes what would happen back in the 14th century when plagues were rampant and not much was known about how to treat them. There is actually also a very melodic instrumental song in this album called “Waste of Mortality.” In terms of the style of this song the way that it starts out can remind some of us of what some of the speed metal bands were doing in the 1980s. So in a way, this album was using those kinds of influences as Gorguts made a name for themselves in the Canadian metal scene. “Drifting Remains” is a song that sets the foundation by providing us a good bass part that leads into the rest of the song. The song is lyrically about friends that set out to sail on a sunny day. Disaster strikes as the rain falls and there is a lightning storm that occurs. He discovers his friend’s dead corpse.
“Hematological Allergy” is a song that has another kind of exotic start to it as the starting riff kind of sounds like the Slayer song Mandatory Suicide. The instrumentation becomes even more diverse as one of the riff sections sounds kind of like Opeth. Don’t let the band’s name deceive you because these guys are more talented than their band name would ever indicate. James Murphy formerly of the band Testament plays a guest solo on the last song called “Inoculated Life.” For the time period in which this debut was released the production really couldn’t be any better than it is. The bass guitar plays a good role in this death metal release which is 30 years old as of 2021. The solo played by James Murphy in this song is like what Chuck Schuldiner would have done. Gorguts’ debut album Considered Dead isn’t flawless but it is a really fine work!
Band origin: Sherbrooke and Montreal, Quebec Canada
Genre: brutal death metal with melodies that were ahead of its time
Band Personnel that Play on the album Considered Dead
- Luc Lemay: electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
- Sylvain Marcoux: guitars
- Eric Giguere: bass guitars
- Stephane Provencher: drums
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