Some very sad news to report for death metal fans. Steeve Hurdle, who manned the guitar for legendary death metallers Gorguts, has passed away. French-Canadian website posted an obituary for Hurdle, who died from “post-surgical complications” at the age of 41.

After Gorguts called it quits in 1993, the band re-formed in 1998. Hurdle was recruited to shred for Gorguts’ third release, ‘Obscura,’ which received massive acclaim from both critics and fans. ‘Obscura’ signified the next step in the career of Gorguts, providing their fans with a more challenging and twisted assault of brutality.

Hurdle left Gorguts after ‘Obscura’ to focus on his self-incarnated death metal project, Negativa. Although that band was active for 16 years, they only officially released a three-song, self-titled EP. Hurdle spoke of a full-length album having been written for Negativa, which he described as “more ambient and emotional.” Unfortunately, the full-length never came to fruition for Negativa.

Although Hurdle struggled to get Negativa off the ground, the shredder will always be remembered as an incredibly influential guitarist, who made his mark with his masterful playing on Gorguts’ ‘Obscura.’ The disc was so influential that the tech-death metal band Obscura took their name from the album.

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