Gorguts (Can) – …and Then Comes Lividity (1990) [Demo]

I haven’t heard the entire discography of any band from the start to finish and I decided on rectifying this beginning with Portal (Aus) which was a huge success and then I immediately thought I should do it with other bands I love as well. The next (not so obvious choice) was Gorguts! Other bands in contention were Emperor (Nor), Iron Maiden (UK) and even StarGazer (Aus). Anyway “…And Then Comes Lividity” is technically Demo #3 of Gorguts as per their page on MA.

The demo kicks off with the well known acoustic intro which I actually like better here. Moving onto Haematological Allergy Gorguts immediately gets into the business. The writing is spectacular, the riffs are heavy and the band jumps between tempos at ease. I think we need to spend a moment on when this demo was released, it’ll add good context to the sound of the band.

1989 is one of the most important years for Death Metal, Bolt Thrower (UK), Death (USA), Morbid Angel (USA), Terrorizer (USA), Pestilence (Hol) and Autopsy (USA). Gorguts (Can) release this demo in 1990. Now, Morbid Angel gave us all batshitcrazy riffs and mind-melting solos so technically Gorguts isn’t reinventing the wheel nor (at the time of this release) were they the pioneers of Technical Death Metal. This demo serves to showcase what the band is capable of and it is impressive! Gorguts dropped a quality demo here, no denying it. Tracks like ‘Inflected Maturity’ showcases the maturity in songwriting and instrument proficiency.

The overall sound of the demo is surprisingly decent to say the least. The riffs are engaging, the drumming is never dull and the sound is richer! This demo showcases the seriousness and the talent of the band quite well. Frankly, I’d be sold if I heard this when this came out. The riffs are in the time continuum between Leprosy and Altars of Madness, although it is not a fair comparison, it is perhaps the best description of how heavy the band sounds and the approach to their songwriting on the whole.

Kawthra (Can) – The Tenets [EP] (2021)

It was quite an accident that I came across this release. Kawthra are a Canadian band who in their own words are “Bound by an ever present disdain for existence, Kawthra’s form of sludge fills the sonic space with reverberating screamsand thick, burdensome riffs. Born from Fort Erie, Ontario, this four piece combines brooding passages with hauntingly melodic expanses that frame the desperate cries for purpose.” This is one of the most accurate mini bio’s written by bands. Kawthra haven’t split the sky into two, they haven’t redrawn parameters of existence into auditory aberrations, they’ve just decided to play riffs that bring down buildings with heaviness that is usually associated with the apocalypse or the more accessible internal torment. Their lyrics are introspective and it makes sense why they’ve chosen the form of metal they ended up with. This brand of doomy sludge offers the width to carry the burden and the band manage to bring all their angst festered with harshness onto this EP. Kawthra also manage to put together an absolute bare bones eerie atmosphere that chills in between the monolith of riffs. I’m going to follow this band till their first full length at the least.

Bandcamp: https://kawthra.bandcamp.com/album/the-tenets

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kawthraband/