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Review: Gorod - The Orb
The Orb

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 42:06
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: April 10, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Orb

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

I find technical or progressive death metal (or whatever they call it) to be kind of an acquired taste, or at least hit or miss. Gorod are well known in the genre, so I decided to give it a shot despite this stuff not exactly being my pint of beer. My initial reaction to The Orb was bad and I had to go back to some earlier albums to see what the fuss was about. Well, the guys are getting weirder, often annoyingly so, on The Orb. The first couple of songs are very much in the mould of their old stuff, but it doesn’t take long before things get really weird, sometimes barely metal or barely death metal. Some clean vocals don’t really help matters, not bad per se but just sounding out of place (not as bad as some annoying screams on "Savitri" - really, what the hell...) After several listens, the album still annoys me. They’re throwing in everything but the kitchen sink and there’s some interesting stuff here, but overall it feels too disjointed. Some people will eat this up and feel superior for doing so, but sometimes too much is like not enough, and this album goes into too many directions. There’s a public for this and I’m not part of them.

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