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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:29 pm 

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Well, I am sure this is going to make you guys feel a bit strange but you might get intrigued, nevertheless. The seminal Canadian avant-garde band Gorguts' new album is based on a conceptual theme on the beautiful land of Tibet, the Buddhist tradition (of course, they haven't expounded on the theme on a scholarly level) and the impact of the Chinese infiltration on the country and its people. The album is divided in two parts: the first part talks about the glory of Tibet and the second part talks about the dreadful impact of China's barbaric onslaught on the holy land. It is a very unusual and previously unexplored theme in this genre. The music might not speak to the most of you, but I thought that it was important to enlighten all the Dharma followers here about this band's honest effort.

Here is the cover art of the album. You will notice the subtleties of the artwork which profoundly reflects the album's concept. According to an interview with the band's frontman Luc Lemay, the praying hands allude to the first half of the album (which talks about Tibet as a free land) and the tied hands obviously allude to the second half of the album (which talks about the Chinese invasion on Tibet). The album booklet is also beautifully designed with many more artworks alluding to the lyrics of the album.

Lyrics of the title song, ''Colored Sands''

''Onward to reach the wheel of time
A path of solitude
Embraced humbly
Hands, face and knees against the ground

Prostrations for existence to come
Winds of perpetuity
Through sails of vacuity
Shores of enlightenment
Are wished and found

Sand Mandala
of the enlightened mind
Sand Mandala
Pure wisdom, one shall find

Disclosing mystic hands
Splendors of colored sands

Soon this work of art shall be
In the hands of ephemerality

Dismantled, will be
The wheel of time
Quiet intensity
The sands are poured at sea
Waves of enlightenment
Are blessed and found''


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