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WITH THEIR NEW EP ‘PLEIADES’ DUST’ CONSISTING OF A SINGLE HALF HOUR SONG ABOUT MEDIEVAL BAGHDAD, IT’S SAFE TO SAY GORGUTS HAVE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEIR BRUTAL BEGINNINGS. WE CATCH UP WITH LUC LEMAY TO GET THE WHOLE STORY…

Even if he has dropped his dayjob as a cabinetmake r for the time being and now takes care of all the band’s business, including booking, Gorguts mainman Luc Lemay could hardly be labelled as a raging metalhead. Sure, he still has long (yet now salt-and-pepper hair) but his ever-present glasses and the hippie vibe that surrounds him really set him apart. Even the weird way the band function now – since two of their members (bassist Colin Marston and guitar player Kevin Hufnagel) are living in NYC, they rarely rehearse all together – sounds natural coming from his mouth, as he has nothing but praise for his comrades, stating that “since everybody knows exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, it doesn’t stress me out that we’re all living apart like we are”. The last twelve months have seen Luc successively writing a musical for an underground film, putting together a new EP (or album, depending on where you stand – it’s longer than ‘Reign In Blood’!) for Gorguts and filling out all kinds of paper work to get funds from the Québec government to finance the hiring of a full-on orchestra to record the symphony he’s just start ed working on. And this is all coming from somebody who barely touched his instrument between 2003 and 2007…

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor
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