Gorod
A Perfect Absolution


3.5
great

Review

by dvd0bvb USER (11 Reviews)
January 25th, 2016 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where has Gorod gone?

A Perfect Absolution starts us off with an unsettling backtrack of horns and drums which swells and cuts off suddenly as the vocalist tells us redemption only comes from the sky. Guitars and drums then immediately set the breakneck pace for an album that makes a solid argument for Gorod's place among their technical peers but also leaves room for expansion and growth from the whole band.

The album's opening certainly grabs your attention but it comes off a bit gimmicky, perhaps something a younger band might put on their teenage debut. However, things improve. The next 35 minutes or so show some amazing technical ability and musical knowledge from every instrumentalist. They know how to effectively apply theory to create a very dark feeling and then cut through with a major sound that adds emphasis and diversity when they want.

Gorod does not use their technicality to cram as many notes down your throat as they can but, rather, craft riffs that are surprisingly accessible and memorable by using similar ideas and phrasing. This approach creates songs that stand apart from each other enough so that they don't blend but also sound like they belong on the same album.

Few are the complaints I have with this music. Production, I think, is the biggest issue. As with many tech metal albums the drums are too clean and subdued which doesn't sound appropriate with guitars that have been left with a more raw sound. And the bass should have been brought forward in the mix so it wouldn't be drowned out by the drums.

Some of A Perfect Absolution's biggest flaws lie not in the music itself, but in the fact that it is a Gorod album. If this was any other band's release I would probably be more willing to praise it as a wonderful tech/prog metal album. But this is coming from Gorod, the same band that released the stellar Leading Vision, which is a little disappointing. While definitely still present, the jazz influence is just not as strong in this album. There are certainly jazzy parts, such as the beginning of “5000 at the Funeral” or the bridge section of “Varangian Paradise,” but those are slowed down, played with a clean guitar tone and not incorporated into the heavier or more technical parts of the songs very well or at all. Speaking of which, the writing on this one is just not up to par either; not bad but more forced and disjoint than the natural progressions we're used to. The change in sound is most marked by the new vocalist who is good, he shows range in his low growls and high screams, but he uses a sing-scream that is just not welcome on a Gorod album.

With A Perfect Absolution Gorod releases a solid album, it's just not a solid Gorod album. The music is really good, well written and interesting, technical but tasteful. It's just not what this band is capable of.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dvd0bvb
January 25th 2016


69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know it's kinda long. Creative criticism is always welcome!

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2016


11799 Comments


Good review man. Not sure how I feel about that album cover but your review makes this sound interesting, especially the way you spoke about the technicality of the riffs used for actual songwriting and not wankery.

Avagantamos
January 25th 2016


7708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the second half of the album is much better than the first. love the album art.

Digging: Black Barrel - Elevate

christhjian
January 25th 2016


708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very cool tech death. Good listen once in a while.

christhjian
January 25th 2016


708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very cool tech death. Good listen once in a while.

Evok
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2016


8412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Leading Vision >>>>>>> this > Process of a New Decline.

Digging: Paco de Lucia - Concierto De Aranjuez

osmark86
November 13th 2017


10755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Goddam this album is so much of a joy to listen to. Jam packed with riffs for days and so playful. Keep coming back to this album when I crave some juicy tech.

WretchedCacophony
April 26th 2018


2130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys have really boring vocals

bloc
April 26th 2018


65696 Comments


Honestly, the music is so interesting I don't even hear the vocals half the time with this band

Digging: Rochelle Jordan - Play With The Changes

osmark86
April 26th 2018


10755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

bloc knows the deal.

bloc
April 26th 2018


65696 Comments


osmark, check my dig. Same kinda of thing. Music so crazy, you forget there's a vocalist.

osmark86
April 26th 2018


10755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I've heard some Inferi before but not that album so will check. They're great for riffs for sure.

DDDeftoneDDD
June 22nd 2018


17364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well...I'm actually on the third track and I think this has pretty cool dynamics in the vocals. Some Archspire and Rivers of Nihil vibes in it for me. Enjoying the songwriting to.

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DDDeftoneDDD
June 22nd 2018


17364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was super fun

BigPleb
October 25th 2018


62982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This definitely rules.

osmark86
October 25th 2018


10755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

agreed, some of the riffs are so imaginative.

DietMilk
February 11th 2020


67 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One of the only tech-death bands that are actually capable of wanking AND writing songs with coherent structures.

Thranth
August 24th 2020


628 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I must be missing something. This sucks hard compared to their other albums

DietMilk
September 2nd 2020


67 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I’m not sure if this is their absolute worst, but the production on this album is fucking godawful in comparison to their other stuff. There are a few highlights though.



Thranth
September 3rd 2020


628 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I honestly just felt like the song writing was bottom tier. I couldnt wait for this to be over, im putting my rating back to how i felt initially.





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