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Gorguts' 2013 album Colored Sands has in recent weeks landed on many best-of-the-year lists -- and not just lists limited to metal. The record is a masterpiece, composed by French-Canadian guitarist and vocalist Luc Lemay, the only consistent member of the band he co-founded in 1989.
Tonight, Gorguts closes their tour at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and back on Halloween, Lemay spoke to us from his home in Montreal. He explained how a toddler's coloring book inspired a death metal album, how Buddhism can be metal, and how metal can be academic.
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Did you know that the history of Tibet was going to be the concept for Colored Sands when you wrote the music?
I knew even before I wrote a single song that I was going to talk about it. It's a very funny story. I'll tell you how I got the idea for that. One day, my girlfriend came home, and she had just visited a friend of hers, and this friend had a little youngster, maybe a three- or four- or five-year-old, and this kid had just colored a mandala from a coloring book. And he or she offered the mandala [picture] as a gift to my girlfriend. So my girlfriend came home, and she told me about this little story: "The kid colored a mandala in a book and offered it to me." And I said, "What? A what?" And she said, "A mandala." And that just caught my attention. The word.
So, from there, by reading on mandalas, [I saw] the Dalai Lama was mentioned many times. I got interested in knowing about this character, how he was found as a kid...Every story led to another one, up to the Chinese invasion of 1950.More »