Wow! I don’t know where to start with this one….I picked this up after reading some reviews comparing it to Decapitated,which is one of my favorite technical/progressive death-metal bands, and was simply floored by it.
Gorod are a French band playing a very progressive, technical style of death metal most comparable to (as mentioned) Decapitated, as well as German metallers Necrophagist. Every aspect of this album is polished and well-produced, from the excellent, sharp and crisp production of the music itself, to the conceptual, nihilistic and very cool artwork (somewhat reminiscent of Giger’s dark “biomechanical” style) designed by band member and guitarist extraordinaire, Mathieu.
Guitarists and fans of excellent musicianship are in for a real treat here, as Gorod tears through track after track of convoluted, angular, and unpredictable riffs, odd time signature shifts, and eerie interludes. The great thing about this album, however, is the near jazz-fusion sensibility guitarist Mathieu brings to the table…progressive, incredible soloing and advanced rhythmic sensibilities combined with an unusual ability to infuse a heavy style like this with jazz guitar elements and motifs, and occasionally a bit of old-school American flat-five blues riffing…(!) Very, very cool and strange. I haven’t been this satisfied with a cerebral bludgeioning since Meshuggah. Highly recommended for fans of extremely technical metal or just great “shred” guitar.