GOROD

Technical Death Metal • France
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Gorod, formerly known as Gorgasm (not to be confused with the US death metal band) is a technical death metal band from France, formed in 1997. Initially started as a 3-piece, when it came time to record a demo in 2000, a second guitarist was added. Their debut full-length, Neurotripsicks, was released via Deadsun Records in 2004 under the Gorgasm moniker, but with the name change to Gorod, the album was re-released via Willowtip Records in 2005.

The follow up to Neurotripsicks, Leading Vision, was released in 2006 on Willowtip Records. The band followed up with Process of a New Decline in 2009.

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GOROD Neurotripsicks album cover 4.17 | 5 ratings
Neurotripsicks
Technical Death Metal 2005
GOROD Leading Vision album cover 4.17 | 10 ratings
Leading Vision
Technical Death Metal 2006
GOROD Process of a New Decline album cover 4.02 | 11 ratings
Process of a New Decline
Technical Death Metal 2009
GOROD A Perfect Absolution album cover 3.91 | 9 ratings
A Perfect Absolution
Technical Death Metal 2012
GOROD A Maze of Recycled Creeds album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
A Maze of Recycled Creeds
Technical Death Metal 2015
GOROD Æthra album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Æthra
Technical Death Metal 2018

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GOROD Transcendence album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Transcendence
Technical Death Metal 2011

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GOROD A Perfect Absolution

Album · 2012 · Technical Death Metal
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In the beginning, the Bordeux, France based Goregasm evolved into present day GOROD and released a trilogy of high quality technical death metal that took a cue from the German Necrophagist only adding a plethora of new progressive rock twists and turns which created an insanely wild ride that i personally call zigzag metal. While starting out as a combo pack of resolute death metal with melodic neoclassical dual harmonizing guitars and frenetic percussive and rhythmic drive with the standard souless death growls from beneath the grave, GOROD conjured up some of the most complex and challenging metal that could be heard and easily stood up in quality and intensity with contemporaries Obscura, Decapitated and Martyr just to name a few, however by the time the band got to the third album “Process Of A New Decline,” they seemed to be losing their melodic touches and opting for more dizzying instrumental gymnastics on the sonic playing ground where technical wizardry was winning out.

That’s not a bad thing mind you, especially for those of us who dig that sorta thing, however it is always preferable to find some sort of balance between the extremes for contrast’s sake and that’s exactly what GOROD pulled off on their fourth album A PERFECT ABSOLUTION. Sticking to the 3-year plan between albums, this one follows suit but during the time in between a new lineup took place and found vocalist Guillaume Martinot being traded in for newbie Julien Dreyes and guitarist Arnaud Pontaco finding a replacement in Nicolas Alberny. On A PERFECT ABSOLUTION, this tech death quintet with an extra guest list of four musicians on select tracks took the best of what came before and added all kinds of new experimental features all the while keeping the brutal time signature rich guitar riffs in tack with insane percussion drive and frenetic death growls and best of all the band revived the more melodic neoclassical underpinnings of their origins which added a little beauty to the brutal beast.

A PERFECT ABSOLUTION shows the band in full spitfire mode having not lost an iota of its feisty balls to the wall tech death angst. In fact, if anything someone turned up the pilot light and made the insane freneticism even louder, faster and more technically inclined however what REALLY makes this one stand out amongst the pack is how deliciously diverse the tracks are and how the band manage stitch in so many disparate fusional possibilities. The album starts off with the short instrumental “The Call To Redemption” which is a classical war march that ushers in not only the soundtrack to a impending battle scene of some sort but gives a nod to the complex melodic underpinnings of the entire album no matter how abstract and brutally angular the sonic bantering becomes. The track quickly yields to the high octane explosive “Birds Of Sulphur” which borrows a groove or two from the classic Pantera style but takes it to the powers of ten. Despite the dueling axe masters only coexisting for a very short time, Pascal and Alberny bedazzle with twin tech harmonizing that’s literally insane!

While the beginning of the album tends to stick to the band’s death metal riffs with tracks like “Sailing Into Earth” sounding like a geeked out tech version of something Behemoth cranked out on albums like “Demigod,” other tracks deviate from that recipe. For example, tracks like “Elements And Spirit” take on not only the tech death bombast but reprise the neoclassical dual shredding along with a funky grooved out bass that find little intermissions of clean vocals that tease with a classic Enslaved sort of prog metal but only play peek-a-boo before jumping back into the galloping wallops of the tech death guitar driven cacophony. “5000 At The Funeral” is something totally different for the band and adds a circus music touch in classical piano form with clean guitars and symphonic elements slowly ratcheting a demented sort of gypsy jazz sound that morphs into a satisfying groove thrash based riffing pattern. Augmented with whispered vocals and other deviations from the status quo, Deyres finds no problem displaying his own stylistic approaches.

“Carved In The Wind” perhaps displays the most daring angularity of the album with ridiculous convoluted riffing that somehow still manages to eke out a melodic hook whereas the most experimental track “Varangian Paradise” takes a wild ride on the funky side of life with an almost 70s sounding bass line set to death metal ushers in the heavy driven guitar heft before jumping into Latin influenced rhythmic drives to create a frenetic jazz-fusion along with a stellar Bumblefoot inspired torturous display of guitar solo virtuosity complete with progressive time sig tugs that are quite dizzying but oh so satisfying for electric tech death metalheads such as myself. “Tribute Of Blood” ends the album with yet another display of guitar antics and trad death metal sounds along with some killer drowned out vocals trying to emerge from the darkened din. GOROD keeps the album below the forty minute mark which suits this music perfectly because it’s an intense ride both technically and aggressively to the max. An exhausting ride indeed reserved for only the most ambitious headbangers but well worth the time it takes to decipher this bout with musical insanity on steroids. Perhaps my favorite GOROD album.

GOROD Process of a New Decline

Album · 2009 · Technical Death Metal
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After dropping the Gorgasm moniker and becoming GOROD, this French band from Bordeaux released two albums on the Willowtip label. First a re-release from their Gorgasm days on the debut “Neurotripsticks” in 2005 and then the first bona fide new material as GOROD with “Leading Vision” the following year. The band spent a couple years crafting new material for the third album PROCESS OF A NEW DECLINE but then in 2008 drummer Sandrine Bourguignon left the band and was replaced by Samuel Santiago formerly of Next On The List and Zubrowska. This album would also be the last for vocalist Guillaume Martinot and guitarist Arnaud Pontaco.

Following the tech death metal template of Necrophagist that the band had implemented on their previous two albums, GOROD continues the chaotic mix of labyrinthine compositional styles decorated with various strains of metal including the business as usual neoclassical soloing, groove thrash chugs and the tech deathy frenetic time signature guitar riffs and jazzy drumming on steroids. While the first two albums provided some sort of melodic grounding that while meandering from one hook to another, PROCESS OF A NEW DECLINE tends to be more scattered and harder to latch onto. While the melodic hooks have certainly not been discarded, the tracks seem a tad less predictable as the band sort of zigzags through various moods and technical bombast.

While the album as a whole can seem like a display in technical futility run amok with crushing frenetic speedy riffs accompanied by pummeling blastbeats, fretless bass meltdowns and the expected emotionless death growls, the tracks redeem themselves in unexpected ways as the band drops the metal charade all together and displays various underlying influential drives whether it be Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, classically infused guitar or melodic rock elements that the band plays technical leapfrog with. The album is certainly a more difficult listen than the first two albums and i initially found the album to be an inferior third offering in comparison however the album has its addictive features as well. It’s hard to call this a song oriented album. This is geeky progressive tech death metal through and through and the band’s aim is to bedazzle and cast a spell of OMG!!!!

While perhaps not as cohesive as classic artists like Death or Atheist or as surreal as Gorguts or Portal, GOROD nevertheless cranks out some of the highest quality musical acrobatics and if this is something you crave with unrelenting aggressive performances then PROCESS OF A NEW DECLINE delivers the goods in absolutely every way. This is the kind of death metal where you actually expect it to sound totally off-kilter and unpredictable but yet somehow skirts by on some sort of subliminal flow. GOROD have become one of France’s top tech death acts and although some consider this to be one of the weaker offerings as i once did, i recommend just spending a little more time with it until you can grasp it on its own terms without the influential predilections of what came before and it more than stands up on its own two feet.

GOROD Neurotripsicks

Album · 2005 · Technical Death Metal
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GOROD started out under the Gorgasm moniker in their native Bordeaux, France way back in 1997 and originally released their debut NEUROTRIPSICKS under that name on the Deadsun Records label in 2004, but after learning that an band from Chicago, USA already had taken that name, they quickly changed theirs to the now more familiar GOROD (Russian for “city” but not sure that’s what they were going for) and re-released NEUROTRIPSICKS on the Willowtip Records label in 2005 only on this one there are two bonus tracks: “Gorod” and “Submission Transfer.” It seems that any technical leaning French metal bands these days are always worth investigating for they utilize extreme discipline in crafting clever and captivating material. In the ever splintering world of tech death metal more and more bands are finding radically new approaches to the highly demanding and energetic metal music that took off in the 90s and while GOROD began as a technical death metal from the start, their music has evolved into a harder to classify concoction that is best labeled as extreme tech metal for it is far too eclectic to be considered death metal alone although it does indeed employ the utmost extremes of death growl vocals and beyond.

Despite the vocals and other death metal aspects, this music rarely sounds like traditional death metal of the 90s. Unlike most death metal bands with the exception of a select acts like Necrophagist or Obscura, guitarists Arnaud Pantaco and Mathieu Pascal engage in complex neoclassical inspired guitar acrobatics as well as heavy Pantera-esque groove metal riffage with harsh dissonant jazzy overtones that make this music simultaneously slightly catchy and more often than not jarring and slightly off despite an impending feel of soon falling off into chaotic fields. GOROD has a way of balancing out the tension with an accessible strain of melody that brings a more technical version of Amon Amarth or Arch Enemy to mind at times. There are also classical thrash metal types of developments that bring the late 80s to mind as well and add on ample progressive touches that come out of left field and the listener is treated to some highly aggressive chugga chugga type of extreme metal that dares enter many metal arenas while never even coming close to something mainstream. One of the many aspects (worth mentioning) is that they employ is a unique staccato and stop and go type of stylistic approach that utilizes dramatic silent pauses at precise moments to create a counter dynamic to the extreme noisefest.

All the musicians are at the top of their game in this band. Sandrine Bourguignon (YES! a female tech death metal drummer!) has some serious chops in her drumming style and with the extreme string workouts of the guitars and the bass of Benoit Claus delivering highly precise and technically challenging time signature workout, we are treated to a very satisfying overall sound that extreme metal enthusiasts will devour with delight. The only “normal” aspect of the music seems to reside in Guillaume Martinot’s death metal growls and while the music employs serious death metal chops and blastbeats, it more often than not seems to stray into other metal sub genre fields that fuse aspects of classical 80s, groove and thrash all doctored up with progressive touches. NEUROTRIPSICKS is an instantly addictive avant-groovy album to sink your teeth into and GOROD sounds unlike any other band that falls under the ever burgeoning death metal banner. This debut is a very solid release that resonates well for the entire run. Perhaps the only weakness is that there isn’t quite enough diversity amongst all tracks for a masterpiece in the making but these guys sure know how to turn a whole bunch of noise into something highly intelligent and attention grabbing.

The two bonus tracks are pretty cool because they give a glimpse into the primordial ooze of the band’s history as Gorgasm and show exactly how much they evolved their sound in a short time span, thus not essential to the overall album feel but a tagged on historical perspective.

GOROD Leading Vision

Album · 2006 · Technical Death Metal
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After a quite satisfying debut album in the form of “Neurotripsicks,” the then newly named GOROD (formerly Gorgasm) released their second album LEADING VISION two years later with the exact same lineup which offered a fleeting moment of security although the unique drumming style of Sandrine Bourgugnon would jump ship after this album. This one was released by Willowtip in 2006 and then on Candlelight Records the following year. LEADING VISION refines the sound on the debut and takes several elements and refines them into a tasty progressive death metal smorgasbord feast. All the elements still reside here with new touches and more nuanced takes of progressive technical gymnastics all the while keeping their listenability creds in shape by crafting all the necessary accessibility factors to keep the listener engaged throughout the album’s run.

Right from the beginning track “Here Die Your Gods,” the listener is treated to a more energetic and progressive groove metal type of experience than what was experienced on the debut and becomes slightly more frenetic and a bit more accessible here. While the debut focused on extremely progressive types of delivery, this one focuses on dishing out more accessible riffs that carry on the Pantera-esque riffs and even tones down the neoclassical wankery and channels it into a more Dimebag Darrell type of bad boy bluesiness, albeit in a more progressive way with killer time signature workouts and other tech death artistry. Don’t get me wrong though. The neoclassical guitar tradeoffs do indeed occur, just not as often. Once again Guillaume Martinot delivers the most tortured soul death vocal workouts with Arnaud Pontaco and Mathieu Pascal offering their now classic dual guitar assault that melds melody, dissonance, thrashy groovilisicous riffage and highly energetic ear assaults. Benoit Claus also provides a more than competent bass ravishment with Sandrine’s drum ecstasy complete with cymbal inappropriateness. The band is simply on full fire.

The album is also shorter than the debut which serves such demanding metal music well as there is more than enough energy delivered throughout to wear out even the most indefatigable listener as it is incessant in its aggressive approach with only their signature staccato and stop and go approach that utilizes intermittent dramatic pauses to counter-effect the unremitting extreme metal assault. GOROD succeeds in creating a dramatic and differing sophomore release that successfully sets itself apart from the debut without alienating any fans who became addicted to their unique sound on “Neurotripsicks.” All the death metal chops infused with jazz-infused technical yet melodic workouts are on full display here and more than match the debut. While some find this to be a better release than the debut, i find them to be on equal footing. There were tradeoffs in the changes going on between the albums. Each album displays different strengths and different weaknesses yet both are equally dynamic in their approach. I find this release to be no better nor no worse but certainly an excellent listen that creates a totally unique sonicscape that demands full attention.

GOROD A Perfect Absolution

Album · 2012 · Technical Death Metal
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A Perfect Absolution is the fourth full-length album by French technical death metal act Gorod. It is the first album to feature new vocalist Julien "Nutz" Deyres and guitarist Nicolas Alberny following their debut with the EP Transcendence (2011). A Perfect Absolution was released in 2012 and features guest guitar solos from Christian Münzner (Obscura, Spawn of Possession et al) and Michael Keene (The Faceless).

Gorod previously left a pretty decent impression with me with their second album, Leading Vision (2006), all things considered. I’ve never heard the following release Process of a New Decline (2009) or the aforementioned Transcendence EP however, so I’ve skipped a good portion of Gorod’s story when coming to A Perfect Absolution and I find that although the group still plays technical death metal, the album has an altogether different sound to Leading Vision.

The major difference in the music is that the progressive inclinations of Leading Vision are all but gone except in a couple of tracks, which for me is a bit of a negative change. On the other hand the one complaint I had with Leading Vision has been addressed, that of the level of brutality in the release despite the technical prowess. As much as I enjoyed Leading Vision for its top notch technicality and vocal performance, I felt the album much better suited to a prog fan first and foremost rather than a death metal fan, as it felt brutality had been sacrificed along the way, and I think that it’s very much still needed for a technical or progressive death metal album to work. A Perfect Absolution in contrast is clearly catered for a death metal fan’s interests.

The main problem with that is that with the progressive flairs removed and the vocal performance by Deyres not being of such a high grade as what former vocalist Guillaume Martinot was capable of, A Perfect Absolution actually creates complaints from me where there were none with Leading Vision. If I’d heard Process of a New Decline then maybe I’d find that this was a gradual shift in sound and in fact I’m at present missing out on Gorod’s most accomplished release, but having not heard it A Perfect Absolution comes across as not only a step down from their prior work, but also the work of a band that don’t really having anything going for them to make them stand out from the crowd. They’ve certainly still got the technical chops, but that’s about it.

For what it’s worth though, A Perfect Absolution isn’t too bad an album, there are even tracks that I’m particularly fond of, such as Elements and Spirit, which sees a bit of a return to the semi-progressive style of Leading Vision and I like the clean guitar intro to 5000 At The Funeral which is very well played although they could have handled the transition back into death metal a little better. All the same A Perfect Absolution isn’t an album I’d feel particularly inclined to return to in a hurry when there are plenty of other technical death metal albums out there that get all three of my requires for the style just right: technicality, but not overdone, strong vocals, and no loss of death metal brutality.

To summarise in short this is a good album, and it deserves a reasonable score despite the fact that I took a largely negative tone with this review. The main problem I have is that although it is good, it is not good enough considering the competition which includes acts such as Augury, Obscura, and even relative newcomers Sectu and Beyond Creation.

7.0/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org))

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