Gorod
A Maze of Recycled Creeds


3.5
great

Review

by Madbutcher3 USER (79 Reviews)
October 18th, 2015 | 52 replies


Release Date: 10/16/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gorod heighten their prog influence, resulting in an overall advancement in their sound for the first time since Leading Vision

Gorod have shifted in terms of their perception by the modern death metal scene, from being one of the leading lights of tech-death to just another band populating a largely stagnant scene. Process Of A New Decline and A Perfect Absolution definitely did them no favors (somewhat appropriately given the title of the former) in retaining their position at the head of the scene, as both exhibited a fairly generic approach with less impressive song writing than found prior. A Maze of Recycled Creeds sees the band heighten their prog influences, and they succeed in making their first real progression since 2006.

The most immediately evident thing about A Maze of Recycled Creeds is that the production has taken several steps up. It's extremely clear but also quite dynamic, giving the guitars more room to breathe. This works doubly well due to the increased variety of instrumental styles and prog-metal features, as the vocals are diversified from their band's typical mid-range death metal growls to something more akin to a Gojira style-roar, and there is a greater use of relatively clean guitar tones across several sections.

Broadly, the overall tempo of the band is taken down a notch, and the songwriting is somewhat more segmented into traditional riff patterns. The band pick their spots a lot better in regard to their explicit tech-death aspects, as most of the riffs are simplified for the most part (more in vein of prog metal). and a little catchier, whilst the overt technicality of the band is better shown in breaks and progressions; this is clearest in tracks like Dig Into Yourself which exhibit fewer of the band's previous sonic trademarks. The greater prog influence becomes especially apparent from a use of broad, jazzy chords in several tracks, such as Celestial Nature and in the greater overall tonal variation across the album. The band is also more confident remaining at a consistent tempo, resulting in more cohesive songwriting overall.

A Maze of Recycled Creeds isn't a hugely groundbreaking album in the broadest sense, but it's a major improvement for Gorod following a pair of largely forgettable death metal albums. Simultaneously more accessible, more cohesive, and more ambitious, it's likely to end up as one of this year's technical and progressive death metal highlights.



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DickLeggingtonThe3rd
October 18th 2015


84 Comments


First time checking these out a couple of days ago. Really enjoying this album. Guess I should check out some of their older material. Good review

slikphuk
October 18th 2015


395 Comments


pos'd, this is my first listen with these guys, quite entertaining otherwise nothing too prominent as far as performance.

Digging: DSKNT - PhSPHR Entropy

Madbutcher3
October 18th 2015


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jac plz



Riffs might be recycled but they're fairly good on this one.

Hovse
October 18th 2015


2459 Comments


is this better than leading vision,cuz i didnt rly enjoy that one?

Madbutcher3
October 18th 2015


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it's better but that's mostly because I don't enjoy the super frantic style of that album

Hovse
October 18th 2015


2459 Comments


i'll give it a try thanks
good rev man pos'd

Madbutcher3
October 18th 2015


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mean snox remains mean

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2015


24413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

absolutely love the sound they went for on this album. their straight up dm was getting stale

DoctorVelvet
October 18th 2015


172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I'm happy they changed their sound around for this, especially since APA was stale. But for such a "hooky" album, there are very few entertaining hooks to speak of.

zaruyache
October 18th 2015


18089 Comments


APA was pretty fun. Hopefully will check this out.

Dmax28
October 18th 2015


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heard a lot of hooks in their other albums. Hard to find them in this one. It's so tame.

bloc
October 18th 2015


45253 Comments


This didn't grab me one bit when I listened to it, which is really surprising because I was expecting some top calibre stuff. Absolution had the same effect on me though at first, and now it's one of my favs so I hope that's the case with this new album.

Digging: Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver

Jotun35
October 18th 2015


108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Process of a New Decline is easily in my top 5 of best tech death album ever. It's much more mature and prog than Leading Vision, yet much more "brutal". This new album is a nice improvement compared to APA that had only a couple of brilliant moments. I'm just a bit disappointed by the tracks "Dig Into Yourself" and "Rejoice your Soul" but the rest goes from really good to awesome.

Kronzo
October 18th 2015


1303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys are so strong as a unit instead of each of them going off on their own constantly masturbatory tangents. I dug their last record but this is definitely a step up

Madbutcher3
October 19th 2015


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ended up removing the whole "hooky" part, couldn't think of a better term for what they were trying until today

psyclonus
October 19th 2015


153 Comments


'Process...' and 'Absolution' are both great, better than many other tech death albums, this one I'm finding not as good and definitely more jazzy. Still decent, but less 'deathy' nowadays. Not quite as catchy as before but it may grow on me in time.

Jotun35
October 19th 2015


108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I think it's definitely more of a grower than APA (that I directly liked but it more and more suffered the comparison with the masterpiece, PoaND, after every spin) and there is a nice Ron Jarzombek worship thing going on here (it has always been an obvious influence for Gorod, but it's even more obvious on this record).



It's almost as if Gorod stepped back a bit from the modern tech death and went more into an old-school and jazzy tech death direction (Blotted Science, Atheist, Cynic etc). I will not complain (especially after the shitty Cynic split up).

Madbutcher3
October 19th 2015


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it's more in line with Progressive death metal than before (in terms of explicitly proggy features), and the songs flow more nicely than before. I'd say it's probably their second best but I prefer it to Leading since that's not really my style.

PortalofPerfection
October 19th 2015


1991 Comments


Leading Vision really stuck a chord with me, none of their other stuff appeals to me nearly as much. Will probably get to this eventually.

Dmax28
October 20th 2015


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Leading Vision is a classic album to me. Process is way different but isn't far behind.

Absolution was fun.



I deleted what I said before on this post...this album has grown on me a lot..







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