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Progression for the Uninitiated - 96%

Deadwired, September 11th, 2006

"Neurotripsicks," Gorod's debut album, was by far one of the most interested Death Metal albums of the last six years. Recalling to mind awkward riffing and death riffing inspired by Gorguts, yet taking the complications of Cynic to the heart of their structuring, and it came off sounding completely fresh and inspired. Needless to say, it was a brilliant album from a soon-to-be-adored band. "Leading Vision," their follow up, doesn't diminish an ounce of their momentum, but sounds a lot more refined in certain areas than their debut.

For instance, "Neurotripsicks" was characterized by mostless awkward riffing that built the perfect palette for their epic, Jazz-inspired leads. In "Leading Vision," the groove are a lot more not necessarily standard, but nowhere near as off-kilter as the original. However, that's not to diminish any of the original flair that their debut had. On "Leading Vision," their brand of Death Metal seems to be more Cynic-inspired than anything, but still retaining a bit of that off-center, slightly improvisational feeling they had. There's melody, and a lot of it. Not in the Gothenburg tremolo sense, but moreover in the Jazzier side of things. The harmonization with guitars isn't retained solely to ameteurish theory, where you harmonize things a sixth above the rhythm to get a lusher sound. Instead, the two guitars use harmonization that's active for each guitarist. A perfect example is the third track, "Blackout." It's melodic, but in the aspect that one guitarist is on the second string. The other, is on the fifth. You get the picture. Things are not linear at all.

Another thing Gorod are starting to reveal is their brilliant riff ideas. Usually, Tech Metal bands rely solely on technicality and throw out any chance of sounding good. Such is not the case with Gorod. The opening track, "Here Die Your Gods" has a brilliant and instantaneously memorable riff that sounds harsh and biting, thanks to the incredibly clear production. The chorus is something that will stick with you as well, much like you never really forget how "Veil of Maya" sounded after you heard it the first time, though in those small little crooks, you can never fully remember how the harmonization goes.

All in all, "Leading Vision" is bound for much of the critical acclaim that "Neurotripsicks" had, and for good reason. It's a completely ample follow-up that indicative of how a band can progress and not dilute themselves at all. Definitely one of the best albums of '06. Any Cynic, Gorguts or Atheist fan needs this album in their discography.