Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Album Review: "A Maze of Recycled Creeds" by Gorod

A Maze of Recycled Creeds
In our modern age, metal has really grown up.

The days of metallers just being able to offend parents with an offensive album cover with a picture of a buzzsaw on the bass player's crotch...

Well that's music (and antics) from a (mostly) bygone age.

Metal is no longer just played through a wall of amplifiers that cover up all the sloppy playing and mistakes.

That leads me to a conversation I had with an old friend of mine who was a big fan of punk rock. We talked about the mastery of the instrument that many bands had and she said, that doesn't impress me at all.

Well, if you've mastered your instrument and you can make it say whatever you want it to say and you have another four likeminded friends....that impresses the hell out of me.

Today we're considering the latest release by the French technical death metal band Gorod.

A Maze of Recycled Creeds is their six studio album and their first in three years.

We're going to take the death metal overture as read.

There is no part of this music that doesn't thunder.

Synchronicity is the name of this game. The rhythms, the riffs, the solos, it's all based on the tempo of a madman.

Time signatures, tempos, riffs, vocals...nothing is sacred here. Instead of making music to a clock, Gorod is making music to the sounds of the world. Imagine walking through the streets and counting your steps...then someone butts in front of you and you're counting something entirely different, but then returning back to the original pace.

That's Gorod in a nutshell. No matter how they might get off track from the pounding guitars and drums, they return right back to it.

Solos, drumming, varied vocals, and all....if Animals As Leaders or Felix Martin decided that they wanted to be a band like Metallica...

It might come out like this.

Release: 10/16/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Unique Leader
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