Released: 2013, PRC Music
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Hungarian Death Metal outfit Gutted has been knocking about on the scene for quite some time now. Known at Genocide until 2000 (until they opted to name themselves after a Cannibal Corpse song) and with three albums already under their collective belt, Appropriately titled EP ‘Path of a New Era’ marks their recent union with PRC Music and is ahead of their first release with the North American label, which won’t be unleashed for another year yet. So, to keep us interested is this well- constructed EP.
Chaos of Beginning is quite simply a movie soundtrack- esque orchestral piece of truly sky-gazing proportions; it reminds me of something from War of the Worlds or an Indiana Jones film. In contrast to the relative serenity of the introduction, Cosmos of Humans comes at you like a punch in the face; the promised brutality is certainly evident and the sheer technicality of their writing is glaringly obvious to hear.
The technical abilities of guitarist Gábor Drótos are a talent to behold; his playing is masterful in execution and abilities are purely admirable. Final track, Fades Away does not reflect its name; this is not a track that is going to gently fade away, more like shake your insides about a bit before ripping your head off and putting it back on upside down.
With the combination of drummer Zsolt Kovács’s schizophrenic drum riffs, seamlessly switching from one distinct pattern to another and Gábor’s perfectly tight shredding that also flits about, by the time the track ends I feel the need to lie down a little. When PRC Music reps said that Gutted will be more brutal than ever before, they weren’t kidding. Brutal isn’t even a strong enough word.
Review by Soozi Q