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Gorod - "Process of a New Decline" (CD)

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"Process of a New Decline" track listing:

1. Disavow Your God (5:02)
2. Programmers of Decline (5:11)
3. Diverted Logic (4:58)
4. Rebirth of Senses (4:05)
5. The Path (3:34)
6. Splinters of Life (5:20)
7. Guilty of Dispersal (4:23)
8. Gilded Cage (3:25)
9. A Common Hope (4:16)
10. Watershed (5:05)
11. Almighty's Murderer (4:35)

Reviewed by on August 3, 2009

"A very technical album that doesn’t overpower the listener with constant blast beats and complicated shredding, yet features some unforgettable riffing."

I can’t precisely put my finger on it, but it seems that what the French lack in war-making, they make up for in music-making. Gorod is a prime example of this: a tech death band that neither fails to impress nor overly strives to.

Upon listening to "Process Of A New Decline," one immediately realizes that Gorod, despite being very technical, doesn’t sacrifice heaviness, as the brutality starts right off the bat. There is no melodic intro to be found; the first few songs start out exceptionally heavy. What follows is a very technical album that doesn’t overpower the listener with constant blast beats and complicated shredding, yet features some unforgettable riffing.

The riffs are undoubtedly what stand out on "Process Of A New Decline." Not only does the band use a lot of technical guitar work, but they are not afraid to slow the tempo down and put some simpler riffs into the mix to break up the tech-y sound. The band adequately demonstrates that they can keep up in technicality, but the song structure doesn’t consist of constant hammer-ons the entire way through.

“Programmers of Decline” gets right to it with a deadly sounding tech death riff mixed well with some rhythmic chugging and features something not so prominent in tech death: a catchy chorus. I find myself singing along to the song again and again and it is probably my favorite on the album, despite the fact that it gets a little long near the end.

“Diverted Logic” features notable stop-start guitar work and a searing, albeit short, solo halfway through. “The Path” breaks up the middle of the album with an epic choral build up that leads into some of the album’s more memorable riffs. Gorod has added a lot of neat little bits to the album; in particular, some Sleep Terror-esque guitar work and odd time signatures, along with interesting altered guitar tones and vocals.

The biggest problems I have with this album are that some of the songs tend to get repetitive and a little too long, while the solos tend to be rather short. There are several songs on the album that tear off into exciting solos, only to stop short to return to tech riffing.

All in all, Gorod’s "Process Of A New Decline" is an excellent album with enormously concrete musicianship. The riffs are memorable and the songs are heavy throughout. The endings of a few songs go on for a bit too long, but for fans of technical death metal or death metal in general, this is a solid album worth at least a few plays.

Highs: Solid musicianship that doesn't sacrifice heaviness for technicality.

Lows: Songs tend to be repetitive and solos are cut short.

Bottom line: A colossal effort with outstanding musicianship worth several listens, despite its few flaws.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)