Released: 2016, Season of Mist
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
The “one-song album” is a tough shtick for both artist and listener. The piece has to be cohesive enough to span a full album’s length without losing the continuity or the artistic vision. The listener has to be invested enough in the music to participate, as well as committing themselves to give the music the attention it deserves in the first place. Sometimes it helps if you’re stoned (Sleep’s “Dopesmoker”), other times the single track shape shifts to help propel it forward (Inter Arma’s “The Cavern”); whatever the case, it’s a challenging task for any musician.
Which is why it should come as no surprise to anyone that Gorguts just released PLEIADES’ DUST EP is a single 33-minute track. If there’s anybody up to the task of such a mission, it’s the ridiculously talented Luc Lemay and his equally talented consortium of supporting players. Lemay was pushing the boundaries of audience acceptance, song structure and technical capacity years before it was fashionable, finally getting his due with the 2013’s exceptional COLORED SANDS reunion disc.
“Pleiades’ Dust” sounds like a natural extension of the COLORED SANDS sessions. It’s a deliberately paced dissonant assembly of melody, discordant phrasing, and double bass drums. Situated across several movements (some very defined, some much less so), “Pleiades’ Dust” snakes its way through a sonic labyrinth with nimble ease. Much like its full length predecessor, its success is reliant on you giving up control and allowing Gorguts to take lead on the journey together. There are some beautiful passages, there are some nightmarish ones, there are moments of almost silence, all of which are bound by a conceptual thread that bridges the entirety of the song. There’s also a backstory to “Pleiades’ Dust” that helps further accentuate the presentation, but I don’t want to give everything away.
“Pleiades’ Dust” is almost restrained in its execution – no flashy guitar solos, no over the top blasts or jam sessions, it’s a meticulous and methodically complicated arrangement that a lesser band would scare the likes of a lesser band. There’s no shortage of ultra-technical death metal bands around these days, but there is only one Gorguts. Let PLEIADES’ DUST remind you why that is.