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One of the early nineties best kept secrets is the album Considered Dead by the band Gorguts. This underrated death metal act hasn’t released much since this debut album, but there’s no denying that this release is an undiscovered gem full of technical riffing and killer drum work.

The recording quality of the album is actually rather low, especially given the time that it was released, but it’s good enough to listen to unless you love blasting your metal to deafening proportions and have no neighbors, or they just don’t care. Due to this, the introductory track, “…And Then Comes Lividity”, winds up being lower then the rest of the release. Once the actual music kicks in, it’s just a non-stop technical old school death metal trip. None of the tracks on here are all too fast, but there are some moments where the music picks up in the drumming, such as it does about half way into “Waste Of Mortality”. But, that won’t really stop you from enjoying this release.

There really isn’t much to sit down and say is negative about this release. One of the big complaints that people seem to have towards Considered Dead would be that the drums sound somewhat muffled, but really the drums sound excellent for the time that this release was recorded, without too much of a click to the bass drum kicks. The only flaw in the recording that could really be spotted, aside the aforementioned low overall sound of the album, would be the bass that you can hear kind of clang perfectly in the background if you listen, but for the most part just sounds like bass noise that reflects the guitar chords. The lack of any serious guitar solos is a bit of a buzz kill as well, aside “Innoculated Life” which features James Murphy doing a solo. However, the good thing is that, while there aren’t many on here in the first place, the overall guitar work is simply fantastic.

Aside the contribution from James Murphy, you also have three tracks on here that feature some background gutteral work done by Chris Barnes, back in the day when he sounded like a monster and not an old man. While his vocal contributions were not at all necessary for this release, it does add a bit more bite to “Bodily Corrupted”, “Rottenatomy” and “Hematological Allergy”. Aside them, every track on this release has a unique bite of it’s own, such as the guitar work on “Disincarnated” and “Considered Dead”, while “Stiff And Cold” just has this insanely heavy feel to it that will instantly hook you into the release. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Gorguts before, then this is a release that you need to hear, especially if you call yourself a fan of Death metal.


Initial Pressing Score: 7/10