Monday, March 04, 2013

Review: Gutted - Path of a New Era

Path of a New Era is the new, aptly titled EP from Hungarian death metal/grindcore legends Gutted. Starting in 1996 under the name Genocide, Gutted were born under the name that they're known by now in 2000 and have since released one demo and three full-length albums under varying record labels. Path of a New Era is a celebration of the band's recent signing to the Canadian label PRC Music, and is available as a free download upon following the directions on Gutted's official website. What does this short EP bring to the table?

Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore
Label: PRC Music
Release Date: February 17th, 2013
  1. Intro: Chaos of Beginning
  2. Cosmos of Humans
  3. Fades Away
Total Playtime: 07 minutes, 09 seconds






Rating: 9.5/10





Path of a New Era is the new, aptly titled EP from Hungarian death metal/grindcore legends Gutted. Starting in 1996 under the name Genocide, Gutted were born under the name that they're known by now in 2000 and have since released one demo and three full-length albums under varying record labels. Path of a New Era is a celebration of the band's recent signing to the Canadian label PRC Music, and is available as a free download upon following the directions on Gutted's official website. What does this short EP bring to the table?

The album begins with a daunting introductory track that makes use of menacing violins and gradually incorporates foreboding, atmospheric detail by using a synthesizer. In the background it sounds like a hammer is being hit against an anvil, which paints a mindset of gearing up for battle; which may be precisely what Gutted are doing with this EP, since it feels like a prelude to their as-of-now untitled forthcoming release. In comparison to prior material, Path of a New Era has a sound quality that has been graciously upgraded, this new asset allows the overall content to crash through the speakers and shows that Gutted are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.


The audio quality is not the only thing to get a major upgrade on this content, the vocals find themselves more refined and detailed, blending standard death metal growls with animalistic shrieks and near-guttural bellows. Likewise, the guitar shows improvement in technique and keeps up with a continual uptempo rhythm. There is an impressive display of multiple skillful solos amongst the two latter tracks, an efficient use of sweep techniques and an assaulting arrangement of riffs that are continuously driven by double bass drumming. As for the drumming, the drummer doesn't actually appear on the album and instead is replaced by a drum machine; which seems an odd choice for the band. The drums are also mixed quite low and are barely audible at times. The vocals, while impressive, can become overbearing and tend to devour the instruments at the height of their growls. Once the content really begins sucking the listener in, the album ends abruptly without any indication or warning, leaving a huge cliffhanger for the audience; the EP ends up feeling like a teasing prelude to the album due out in 2014.

Gutted sound like they've taken the time to amend their skills as a whole and have come out stronger in these brief seven minutes than they have on some of their prior full-length content. Path of a New Era is exactly what the title states, a new path for the band under a new label, with a profusion of upgrades in both quality and style. Though the mixing could undergo some fine tuning, this short EP packs a powerful punch into the belly of the beast and is assured to keep listeners on their toes, awaiting the next Gutted album. You can get your free copy of Path of a New Era by simply following two easy instructions on Gutted's official website.

Digital Download Provided by: PRC Music

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