Gorod
Transcendence


4.5
superb

Review

by toolguitarkid USER (1 Reviews)
July 15th, 2011 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The end of an era for Gorod, but the start of an astounding new vision for the band.

Gorod's newest album is a monster of an EP. With only 5 tracks the band manages to fill it with countless new musical ideas and new takes on old songs. The album consists of a re-recorded version of 'Earth Pus', a acoustic rendition of Blackout, a cover of 'Textures' by Cynic, another acoustic rendition of 'Earth Pus', and finally the masterpiece of the album, a new song titled after the album. The band leaves some of its death metal influences in favor of a more progressive sound.

Earth Pus is remastered with a few instrumental variations from the original. The new production does the song wonders. The drums are also notably better, and this carries throughout the whole album. They still have the groovy feel from Leading Visions, but also pack the precision and technicality from Process of a New Decline.

Blackout: Renewed Souls is the first bite of the fresh musical approach on the album. Rewritten for classical guitar, the song takes on a Spanish feel and shows off the bands ability to compose abstract music. The percussion and bass fit perfectly in with the guitars and provide an excellent backing to the melodies.

Gorod takes Cynic's Textures and makes it sound as if it were their own. By adding quite a bit more distortion and cleaning up the production quite a bit they make the song sound fresh again. This track honestly feels a bit like a filler while compared to the rest of the album, but is still a great listen.

Earth Pus: Salvation is the second acoustic song on the album and immediately draws the listener in. As with the first acoustic track, it is not a straight acoustic port but a completely re imagined version based on the original. Orchestrated elements are adding to give the song a good deal of atmosphere and emotion while the guitar melodies bounce around. Percussion comes in about halfway through to throttle the song with sense of intensity throughout the guitar solos.

Transcendence is a monster of a track clocking in at about 15 and a half minutes. The song carries you through various influences throughout Gorod's current discography. The song has a solid structure that seems to keep the song from becoming tedious at it's length. It starts off rather mellow and eventually leads into a few solos before getting into some more grooves. At around the 6:30 mark, the song really starts to take off. Blending technical grooves and searing leads, the middle section of the song leads into a profound melody that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head. After the middle section, it lead into more metal grooves before making a return to the melody at the end of the middle section. It ends with an acoustic guitar much the same way Hidden Genocide off Leading Visions did.

The vocals on the album are handled much the same way they were on previous albums. The guitars are nothing new, but with Gorod's reputation, that's hardly a bad thing. The bass is audible through the entire album and adds a great layer of depth. The percussion adds a perfect mix of the last 2 Gorod albums take on drumming. The composition on the new songs is the highlight of the album, showing off the band's ability to write well thought out music. If you like any of Gorod's previous material, or any other technical metal, you will love this.


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toolguitarkid
July 15th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

First review. Done in a bit of a rush, but I think this album needs some attention...so here goes. Constructive criticism is welcome.

Ending
July 16th 2011


2178 Comments


Nice first review/track-by-track. Will pos.

Definitely will be checking this out. Gorod has always been one of my favorite technical death metal bands.

As a side note, never feel the need to rush your reviews. Take as much time as you'd like. I haven't reviewed in ages but when I do I usually take a few hours total to write up a full album review.

Ssssssss
July 16th 2011


683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new gorod? sweet

bloc
July 16th 2011


54725 Comments


Finally!

Digging: Way Out West - Intensify

Yazz_Flute
July 16th 2011


18939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait when did this start existing.

toolguitarkid
July 16th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it released June 11. i was a bit late to the game as well, although my roommate and i have played this over and over again for a while.

FrankieEmpire
July 16th 2011


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

IN MY OPINION THE BEST EP OF THE YEAR ... THIS GUYS ARE SO SICK ¡¡¡

Ssssssss
July 17th 2011


683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got it. Fuckin rules

toolguitarkid
July 18th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

reread this and found quite a few mistakes...once i figure out how to edit it i will fix them...and yes this fucking rules hard.

Jotun35
July 21st 2011


117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mindblowing EP period.



... But I prefere the original "Textures", don't like the very "metallic" guitar sound on this cover.

DoubtGin
July 21st 2011


6880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's good.

bloc
July 21st 2011


54725 Comments


Wow, this kinda sucks...

toolguitarkid
July 24th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

plz elaborate, bloc

Scrambled
August 4th 2011


394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is great, title track is epic as hell

toolguitarkid
September 5th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

does no1 realize this has been out for a while?



Scrambled
September 7th 2011


394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wat do u mean heh it was reviewed and has ratings, obviously people knew it was out...

toolguitarkid
September 14th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah of course, but i get the feeling that this album flew way under the radar.

Scrambled
September 24th 2011


394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, thats for sure. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that no record label picked it up, which is a damn shame.

bloc
November 21st 2011


54725 Comments


You know something? This is pretty good now.

Scoot
December 6th 2011


19186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

needs more love



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