France’s Gorod are not your every day technical death metal band. They are a band well versed not only in technical death metal, but also classical, jazz and progressive rock. Up until this 5th album, A Maze of Recycled Creeds , my favorite from them was ’09’s Process of a New Decline. I thought their last album, A Perfect Absolution was really good, but the bouncy, catchiness and memorable factor was missing. Enter in this new monster of an album, their finest yet. Picking out individual tracks is tough, as this is one of the most phenomenal tech-death metal albums ever to erupt out of the underground. My metal comrad in arms, from Teeth of the Divine, Erik Thomas, whom I also write for, said the music is also happy and gets him in a good mood. Much like Process of a New Decline, A Maze of Recycled Creeds does exactly the same, just even better.
Take “Inner Alchemy” for instance. The bouncy, jazzy, tech saviness at the 1:46 would have anyone in a good mood. Damn I could picture myself on my trampoline eating a meatball parm sub, while bouncing up and down like a freakin’ pig, with the hugest smile on my face. This part is so catchy and ridiculous. Then the technical noodling goes all over the place, as well as very spacey and before you know it that bouncy part comes back into play. Then guess what??? Frank eating that meatball parm all over again bouncing on the trampoline.
Gorod goes from slick and punishing blast beats, to atmospheric Cynic like progressive moments than into some weird funky jazz bounce the rubber ball up and down zaniness then into technical noodling then into some synth moments then back into the brutal blasts. While some parts are surely dizzying, the catchy moments are incessant to the point of intoxicating. Vocals are death metal, however, some shouting and other vocal patterns are new this time around.
Layout and production are excellent, with cool drawings and lyrics. I am sure A Maze of Recycled Creeds will make many best of lists this year, mine included. Gorod are forward thinkers and should be commended on not only making me want to bounce up and down on a trampoline, while cranking this album and eating Italian subs, but for forwarding the genre of extreme music and unlocking a new dimension to the great unknown. This album is remarkable.
Buy or Burn in Hell!
Score: 9.5 out of 10
1. Air de l’Ordre
2. Temple to the Art-God
3. Celestial Nature
4. Inner Alchemy
5. The Mystic Triad of Artistry
6. An Order to Reclaim
7. From Passion to Holiness
8. Dig into Yourself
9. Rejoice Your Soul
10. Syncretic Delirium
11.Celestial Nature (Alt. Tracking)
Unique Leader Records
For Fans of:
Obscura/Inanimate Existence/Technical Noodling