Gorod – A Maze of Recycled Creeds (2015)

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Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Gorod

Album: A Maze of Recycled Creeds

Label: Listenable Records

 

I’ve never bought into the notion that technicality is necessarily a trade off with expressiveness, or that the majority or even a substantial number of technical metal bands are guilty of focusing on showing off their chops rather than on writing good music. On the contrary, I find technical death metal to be one of the more emotionally engaging death metal subgenres. Gorod’s prior albums are an excellent example of what I’m talking about: virtuoso musicianship used to access a spectacular and entirely expressive approach to melody that draws from classical and jazz music. The reason that A Maze of Recycled Creeds falls flat is not because they’ve spent too much time practicing their sweep picking and not enough time on their songwriting, because the level of musicianship hasn’t changed from prior albums. It’s still top notch, and I don’t think this would be a better album if they had backed off on the technicality. More likely, it would be a worse one, because many of this album’s really enjoyable moments are also jaw-dropping displays of technical ability. For whatever reason, the songwriting just isn’t there on this one. Continue reading

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Satan – Atom By Atom (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Satan

Album: Atom By Atom

Label: Listenable Records

Satan as a band are proof that not every band that put out amazing material in the early to mid 80’s can’t replicate that material nowadays. After putting out one an essential NWOBHM release, Court in the Act, in 1983 and its strong follow-up Suspended Sentence (1987) the band broke up but continued to release good albums under two bands; Blind Fury and Pariah before finally closing up shop in 1998. Outside of a live album in 2004 the Satan camp was quiet from ’98 until 2011 when they reformed and released two compilations before dropping their 2013 comeback album Life Sentence, which by all accounts was an absolutely phenomenal release and topped plenty of AOTY lists. Now in 2015 Satan have dropped their second post-reformation album, Atom by Atom and safe to say this album rips hard. Continue reading