Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
Label: Listenable Records / Unique Leaders Records
Reviewer: Anas Disi - 2012-09-12
Highlights: "Elements And Spirit", "The Axe Of God", "Varangian Paradise", "Birds Of Sulphur"
Constant bouts of technical death metal seldom leave you with any ability to distinguish riff from riff or defeat the demon that faces all the faithful metal listeners (that one that prevents any type of music getting stuck in your head), yet some tech-death albums manage to bypass that wall with the sheer power of clever riffs and well-sewn unconventional parts, and let's say that proper song structure without repetitiveness plays a huge part, too. Obviously, Gorod's latest release A Perfect Absolution is yet another example of these albums.
The album's style comes forward as a more melodic variation of technical death metal; some of the songs could sound easily like Rush and Blotted Science if you omit the growls (there are clean vocals in various parts, too). The pristine-clean production helps this sound get even more polished, yet some songs on the album, such as "The Axe Of God", juggle some true brutality into the album and create a sense of variation between the evergrowing family tree of death metal.
However, the band's curiousity doesn't stop at mixing between different death metal styles, but ventures into strange territories especially with the track "Varangian Paradise" that begins with a well-performed guitar shaft (think of '70s funk) and ends with high elements of progression with the usage of disco, Latin, funk and soul elements without losing any of the entertaining sense. Few more of these very creative parts are heard throughout the album and we also get a very well-done symphonic piece at the opening track.
A good album altogether, A Perfect Absolution deserves a spot in the "Top-Of" death metal lists of 2012. Despite that, however, Gorod would evolve into a much greater band with a bit more distortion, harsh production and head-crushing death metal to accompany the technicality and progression.