Gorod
Neurotripsicks


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
July 25th, 2006 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


I love technical death metal; I make no secret of it. Necrophagist, later-era Death, it's all my cup of tea. I do have a complaint with the genre though; it's stagnant. I find that lately, so many bands are concerned with filling as many riffs, tempo changes and the like into their songs that they, in turn, become tedious and vicious. It's not to say there's anything wrong with being overly technical, it's that most bands seem to forget you're still making music. That, in itself, is not a problem exclusive to the tech-death genre, but rather the technical/virtuoso idea in general. How many times have you sighed at the disappointing lack of songwriting skills of the Michael Angelo Batios and Bucketheads of the world? If you asked me that question, the answer would be roughly 33,454. I think Gorod is an exception to this sad and disappointing trend. They manage to be precise as un-botched laser eye surgery while still remaining memorable, all with a healthy dose of ball-punchingly awesome technicality.

To put this band in a nutshell, I'd say imagine if Necrophagist had sweaty, raunchy sex with Quo Vadis. Imagine if Muhammed Suicmez and company could write music that didn't sound like a chore after the first listen. Now, I'm not trying to slag on Necrophagist, I just feel the main problem with them is I often find myself waiting for certain parts, as opposed to enjoying the music as a whole. What Gorod manage to do is create unrelentingly technical death metal, and fuse it with a very healthy dose of melody. Amongst the slapping, tapping and insane fills care of the best female drummer I've ever heard (we'll get back to that), you'll find that you actually lose yourself in the songs. No, you may not lose yourself to the scope you would while listening to post-rock, it's more along the lines of losing your car keys, but it's still a nice touch. The easiest way to sum up their sound is to picture the intricacies of a band like Necrophagist, minus some of the wanking, throw in some Sound of Perseverance era Death (or Death 2.0), and last but not least, throw in some thrash, old-school death metal and hell, why not a pinch of the ol' Gothenburg sound too. I know, it sounds cluttered, but they pull it off.

I know that if you're like me, you probably have pre-conceived notions about women in death metal. I'm not necessarily saying I expect them to suck, I'm just saying it's usually the case. That's not it, though, there's also the idea of her being a novelty. I'll use Arch Enemy as my example. While Angela is a ferocious vocalist, her gender has been a pivotal element of the bands success. Sandrine, Gorod's drummer, is a female. Did I know this upon my first listen? No. I know it now, though, and I don't care. Why? She is fucing amazing, that's why. Her style is that of your typical tech-death drummer, but when you consider the amount of talent in the genre you have to bow down and appreciate. Throughout the typically mid-paced album, you'll hear her manage the endless time-changes like a trained veteran, throwing in occasional blasts and fills as she sees fit. Amidst the chaos, you'll also be glad to notice the tasteful array of cymbal work. All in all, Sandrine is not a novelty; she's just an unbelievable drummer who happens to have a vagina.

The bass on the album seems to go in and out of the mix at times, though when you can hear it, you'll be impressed. While I don't think the bass is fretless, much of the basswork on the album is evocative of the kind of stuff you hear Steve DiGiorgio playing, and anyone who knows anything about metal, will tell you that's most definitely a good thing. In fact, the bass is essentially what let me know this album was something special. While the ultra-precise riffing found in the intro track is obviously mindblowing, shifting between jazzy Cynic like sounds and your Necrophagist style shred, the bass at the beginning of Gutting Job is just such a nice way to start the album off, though I use the term nice loosely as this is, after-all, a death metal album.

The guitars scream awesomeness, as is the case with mostly any great album within the genre. The main thing I appreciate with the guitars is that, while they're clearly capable, Arnaud and Mat never get ahead of themselves by turning the song into one 3-4 minute shredfest. All of the riffs are impressive, but they never go on for too long, in fact, nothing on the album goes on for too long except the album itself, which I'll get into in a bit. Sound wise, the simplest way to describe the guitar parts would be to imagine if Chuck Schuldiner and Muhammed Suicmez were to play in an Atheist/Cynic cover band. It's not to say the guitars are overly jazzy, either, so I guess it's something you'll have to hear for yourself. They're neo-classical without going too far. They're unique without sounding like ass.

On the issue of vocals and lyrics, well, at least the vocals are good. I know, "good" isn't exactly the most descriptive of adjectives, but it's really all there is to say. They're not overly guttural, and thankfully the whole pig-squeal style of vocalising is a rarity on the album. I guess the vocals are just sufficient. The lyrics on the other hand, for lack of a kinder word, are totally stupid. I know, it's hardly professional, but honestly, they don't mean a thing. Here's a nice sample from Track 4, Hunt to the Weaks:

Brutal Shows // Crushing Pogos // Violence is Real
Death Through Holocaust // Fear in the Eyes // All have left this place
Hunt to the Weaks // A Cemetery Silence Crucify this Moment


See what I mean? That is absolutely meaningless. Seriously, the lyrics on the album are actually laughable, they're what you get if you mix post-modernism (see: pointless) with the meaningless "neo-goth-who-sits-in-the-graveyard-until-dawn-writing-a-bunch-of-unrelated-words-on-a-sheet-of-paper" kind of poetry. They're silly. It's a bunch of unrelated phrases thrown together with little to no rhyme or reason.

Overall Conclusion

This is an album I've waited forever to hear, and it bothers me to say I hadn't heard it until recently. I've always had a problem with bands like Psyopus who use their music as a penis enlarger, neglecting the fact that to be a musician, you have to do more than show us how fast your fingers/hands move. Gorod are amazing, and, whether it be with their unrelenting technicality or the unrelentingly stupid lyrics, they're a band that never lets down. There's little to no faults on this album, but I'll point them out anyways. Firstly, it's easy to sit through the album in one sitting, but it's also just as easy to loose interest partway through, and then there's the lyrics, which I've probably mentioned more than I had to...they're just so ridiculous!

Final Verdict

8/10

As always, I'll leave you with some lyrics.

City of sex and Death // Murdered Visions // Mind's Violence // Lust Anarchy
Murdered Osmosis // Phantasm Execution // Pooring Dismembered Bitch
Splattered Clitoris // Bloody place of Tears // GOROD, No Escape




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Tyler
Emeritus
July 25th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a quick review I typed up tonight upon realizing no one had reviewed this beast yet.

Enjoy, I guess.

Slapping Penguin
July 25th 2006


18 Comments


Mate fanstastic review, It really kept me intrested and was well written.

I only have one song off this album which I friggin love and I am going to get the whole album soon. I hope its all as good as "Beware of Tramps"

Again top review EXPECT for one thing.
"They may be French, but this is one brutal tech death band that will never surrender."

^^ Mate this is one joke that pisses me off no end. Do we really need poor racial slurs or nation pot shots?

Otherwise good job!


kno_kontrol
July 25th 2006


448 Comments


Good review, although I enjoy death as much as an acid colonic

Shadows
Moderator
July 25th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sweet! I love this album. It's tech death that, like you said, doesn't seem like a chore after the first listen. I love the shredding throughout. I also had no idea that their drummer was a woman! :eek:

Anyway, awesome review for an equally astounding album.



Tyler
Emeritus
July 25th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Penguin, that was taken from whoever wrote their "bio" on Sputnik. I'll edit it out instantly if you don't like it, just know I didn't come up with the joke.This Message Edited On 07.25.06

Shadows
Moderator
July 25th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'll come clean and say it was me. I submitted the band a while back and didn't know what to write for the bio, so I made a stupid joke. I'm sorry, I really didn't mean to offend anyone. I've already tried editing it out.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 25th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought it was clever actually, but I can understand how people could take offense to it.

Flynn
July 25th 2006


44 Comments


I've been listening to this album almost all year, I can't wait for something new from Gorod. Great album, nice review.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 25th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Txus said to wait for your comment.

Have you heard the samples from the new album? It sounds awesome. August 22 = pwn.

Confessed2005
July 26th 2006


3314 Comments


Great review; this definitely sounds like a band I could enjoy.

Shadows
Moderator
July 26th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Heh, I thought it was funny at the time. I'd say these guys blow Necrophagist out of the water.

Fractal_Mortality
July 27th 2006


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Has anyone heard the samples from their new album Leading Vision?

http://www.willowtip.com/media/releases/0.02%20Track%2002.mp3

http://www.willowtip.com/media/releases/2.04%20Track%2004.mp3This Message Edited On 07.27.06

Tyler
Emeritus
July 27th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I have. I'm damnnnnnnnnnn excited. AUGUST 22!!

Scoot
July 29th 2006


17883 Comments


Holy crap. These guys sound incredible.

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

marcolignarius
July 31st 2006


1 Comments


This is info on their new album:

Actually I happen to be good friends with the guys (and girl). Their vocalist and bassist share another band called Lignarius (lignarius.free.fr there I'm a pretentious asshole) but anyway... three faults on "neurotripsicks":

1- You said it, the lyrics (and i would add vocals placement)
2- Poor sound in comparison to the musicianship
3- Poor outwork for the same reason

And let me tell you motherfuckers, that this time they made it right:

1- This album is a fucking (though sometimes feared but they pull it off just like their skill/catchiness paradox) concept album which I won't reveal too much about. But much better than God Forbid's Constitution of treason if you ask. So there you go and it's proper English this time my friends. And Mat (Songwriter/Guitar) kind of supervised the vocal placement, which I'm sure you enjoyed the difference on the new samples.
2- The sound??? Just listen to the samples biatch
3- The same Mat (a fucking true genius) illustrated the fucking concept which you can see on the album cover on willowtip's website... it's beautiful (in the violent sense of the word... m/)

So there you go, I'm counting on all you fuckers to support Gorod, they might tour the US sometime next year, they are truly nice fucking people, a decent bunch, and Mat (maybe I'm saying this cos' I know'em and shit) is a fucking genius. There.

Hope you found this interesting.

I'm outta here.
Marco


Tyler
Emeritus
August 1st 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You swear a lot.

I'll support this band as long as they keep putting out music.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 1st 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they're better songwriters than Necrophagist actually, but I dont compare the two at all. THey're different, yet the same.

Tyler
Emeritus
November 22nd 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=10048

Leading Vision review is up. Pimp that and remember how great this freaking album is.

Anthracks
June 4th 2008


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Intro song leading into Gutting Job gets me so fucking pumped.

Digging: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

Wizard
November 4th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is just as good as Leading Vision.

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