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GORGUTS' New Song "Besieged" Is Seven Minutes Of Lamenting Doom

Posted by on April 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

Gorguts may have taken 12 years leading up to releasing Colored Sands in 2013, but fortunately we don't have to wait that long again! The band will be releasing its one-song EP, clocking in at about a half an hour, titled Pleiades’ Dust on May 13 via Season of Mist.

The EP chronicles the fall of the House of Wisdom, a library in Baghdad between the 8th and 13th century. What you're hearing below is the closing minutes of the release, where the library is destroyed… and damn, does Gorguts do a good job of getting that across.

“With “Besieged”, the composition that is ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ reaches its last segment. I wanted to have a ‘Funeral March’ feel to it, since it is a dramatic point in the story, when the Mongol invaders destroy the library and most of the books are thrown in the Tigris river. Musically, I wanted to pay tribute to 3 things with the opening doom riff. First, in the progression of the doom riff, throughout the four repeats, I wanted to expose the theme in unison and in counterpoint, among the string instruments, that gets more complex each time. This constitutes an ode to Penderecki’s second violin concerto, which introduces a funeral march feel right after the cadenza. Second, is the guitar tone represents a big nod to the sound of Sunlight studio / HM2. I am absolutely crazy about this guitar tone, which we find on the first ENTOMBED album and also the BLOODBATH records. Those had a massive influence on me, when I was writing ‘Considered Dead’. Third, is the ‘doom riff” guitar work that I originally discovered on the first PARADISE LOST album. I was so intrigued by this dark feel in their writing style and that was also a huge influence for the distinct dual guitar riffs on ‘Considered Dead’. Therefore this is a tribute to Greg Mackintosh.”

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