REVIEW: GOROD – “A Maze Of Recycled Creeds”
The fifth full-length album from French technical death metal band Gorod is nearly out, and fans will certainly not be disappointed. The cover of ‘A Maze of Recycled Creeds’ says it all: a hooded figure overseeing an endless line of marching men, which exactly what the listeners become as the album progresses from the short, calming track, “Air de l’Ordre”, to the heaviness and complexity of “Temple of the Art-God” and “Celestial Nature”, which are the two singles released so far. These opening songs are a great representation of the entire album, so if you’ve checked out the singles, you know roughly what to expect.
‘A Maze Of Recycled Creeds’ is the first Gorod album to feature Karol Diers on drums. While their previous drummers were great, Diers adds more personality, variety, and generally suits their sound better. Keeping up with the pace and talent of the rest of the band can’t be easy, and he does a fantastic job despite that. He makes use of multiple styles, from blast to shuffle beats, providing an extra dynamic to the tracks. A perfect example of this is “Rejoice Your Soul”, which is, of course, a favourite of mine. However, like most, if not all technical death metal, the album would have benefited from not triggering the double bass.
As with all of Gorod’s material, ‘A Maze Of Recycled Creeds’ is a very fast-paced, guitar-driven album. This is particularly showcased in my absolute favourite track, “The Mystic Triad of Artistry”. Guitarist and songwriter Mathieu Pascal really knows how to grab your attention and blow your mind. If any album naturally draws my focus almost solely to the guitars, it’s a rare feat, and that is exactly what Pascal and Nicolas Alberny have done once again. That being said, I would have loved to hear more from bassist Ben Claus. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, bass is far too overlooked in metal, and the few little spots where Claus is the center of attention isn’t quite enough for me. If given the spotlight more often, it would add even more funk to the already insane groove.
Over top of all of the aforementioned madness, is Julien Deyres on vocals. Without his variety of harsh growls, this album would sound quite a bit lighter, leaning more toward a progressive jazz metal type of feel. He provides a wonderful beastly element, with layers of different pitches and techniques that really tie everything together nicely.
To conclude, ‘A Maze Of Recycled Creeds’ is what many fans will expect from Gorod, with a bit more of a jazz influence. The album definitely grew on me, and more is revealed with each listen. There are so many accents and so much articulation to absorb, with a beautiful contrast between overlapping patterns, intense melodies, and heavy riffage. This also has the cleanest sounding production quality of all of their albums. Although I have tried my very best to describe this chaotic masterpiece, it is no substitute for the real thing, so I recommend that you waste no time in grabbing a copy of ‘A Maze Of Recycled Creeds’ upon its release on October 16th.