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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: 4.75/5

Review online: June 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Process of a New Decline

Rated 3.86/5 (77.24%) (29 Votes)

Gorod's last album, Leading Vision, is probably my second favorite album of all time. No, Process of a New Decline is not my favorite, but it is easily one of the best Death Metal albums I have heard in a while. In the Technical Death Metal genre many bands spend so much time trying to prove that they are extremely talented, and that leads to their albums being completely boring nonsense with no hooks at all. The element that made Gorod so fucking good was that they showcase how talented they are while making the music as catchy as an STD. I was worried that the band wasn't going to be able to keep this up on a new album. Well I guess all my worries are gone.

Process of a New Decline not only continues on what Gorod have done before, but they manage to change how they sounded but still do the same thing. Many others who listen to both this album and their last will probably think I am insane, but I can tell you that Gorod change how they sound with each album. Not sure how to explain how they have done so on this album, but it just isn't the same as the last - this album probably seems a little more progressive. It is filled with many stop-start riffs, many momentum changes, some jazzy times, and awesome solos. This is still the same Gorod, and if you like the previous albums you will like this one. I cannot stress enough that Gorod do the same thing yet it sounds different. The more progressive sound does not take away from the Technical Death Metal sound. This album just proves that there still are bands that know how to make music catchy as hell and still blow you away with musicianship.

Like I said before, my main worry was that I was going to be disappointed because I would be comparing their new album to the last one. Well I am still comparing it to Leading Vision but that didn't hurt anything, this album still completely slays almost everything I have listened to in the past couple of years. I just wish other bands would look up to Gorod, not to become a clone of them, but to realize what you could do with all of your talent instead of making dry uninspiring music. Gorod is easily the top band in today's Technical Death Metal scene.

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