A Perfect Absolution (2012)
France, Listenable Records, Technical Death Metal
In my opinion, Gorod is a leading technical death metal group. They fits easily in twenty of my favorite bands, and so it is since the release of “Neurotripsicks”, under the name of Gorgasm. “A Perfect Absolution” is already fourth release from them. Speaking of which that isn’t too innovative or that it is a “typical” tech death it’s a bit of misunderstanding. Boys show a remarkable tumbling by the whole 40 minutes. They cleverly juggle between brutal vocals and melodic solos. They’re breaking the tempo in various critical points of compositions and at different time intervals. This is a very controlled, technical art of writing metal that has all the characteristics of universality and influences of other genres. These include, among other things – progressive metal (see “Carved In The Wind”) and neo-classical death metal (eg, “Elements and Spirit”). We can also find some jazzy moments but nothing significant.
“A Perfect Absolution” is a total metal and complete in every detail. Do not expect any conceptual mishaps because this album fills the center of ear canal at 100%. Sometimes dangerously revolves around a single patent, but will not go into boredom. It is rather a respite from the relentless intensification techniques. Lyrics are the interesting thing in here. Generally they’re treat about the history of the Iskorosten siege (capital Derewlans – later Korosten) in Ukraine and the cult of Perun in Rus. Thus, for example, in the composition “5000 At The Funeral” we hear the story of 5,000 inhabitants burned alive in a bath Korostenia who were drunk with mead. In the first track “Birds of Sulphur” we learn about the tragic end of that town – when the Russians released pigeons with burning material fastened to their tails. Reverse chronology is a little strange but you can dump it on the concept idea, like in the movies.
The new album by the French team is not only way to play a thousand notes. It’s an interesting concept, well thought out from top to bottom and giving a lot of pleasure from intercourse with complex structures. He can surprise but also gives a break. Sophisticated and ambitious piece of metal. I recommend!