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Review: Gorod - Process of a New Decline
Process of a New Decline

Label: Willowtip Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 50:04
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 18, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
Readers Rating
Process of a New Decline

Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (30 Votes)

There are bands that try to be technical for the sake of being technical and showing off their musical prowess, and then there are bands like Gorod. What sets them apart from bands best summed up by that previous statement is the way Gorod mix both technicality and catchy hooks to create a distinct type of Technical Death all their own. Not only do they do a great job of playing complex riffs and composing obscure song structures and time signatures, but they do it in a way that sticks with the listener. So while the music they play is similar to bands like Necrophagist in terms of technical prowess, the infectious nature of other more conventional bands are found in this music as well. The songs on this album are very catchy but can still be viewed in high regards by those looking for a more unconventional type of music.

The album opens with the crushing track "Disavow Your God," and before even a minute is up it becomes clear that Gorod have spent a good amount of time meticulously crafting this heavy-hitter. Containing epic solo tapping combined with melody and chromatic riffs, this track is a perfect preview of what's to come on the album. Never doing what's expected, every track layers every instrument in odd, yet fitting ways that make them all unique. The best song on the album, "Programmers of the Decline," starts with a unique combination of punishing vocals and unusual guitar harmonies before opening up to even more uniquely layered portions that should take any listener by surprise. Suffice to say, Gorod are always switching things up on this album, yet they somehow manage to find a hook that keeps the songs from veering too far off course.

Process of a New Decline is the perfect album to become introduced to Gorod with, as its technical mastery coupled with enticing and usual, yet oddly catchy riffs, are sure to satisfy almost any of fan of Technical Death.

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