Ydogeh is a quartet from London, founded in 2009 by former Disease (Daugavpils, Latvia) member Pavel Stepanov (aka “Piton”). Disease evolved from a punk rock band into a highly techical symphonic metal band and Ygodeh seems to expand that evolution. The music on 'Inside The Womb Of Horizonless Dystopia' is extremely surprising death metal, reminiscent to bands like Samael and The Kovenant. The band likes to use the term 'synthetic death metal' and that's quite correct.
The album opens with 'Callous' which drives on an electronic sequence and symphonic keyboard arrengements. It immediately strikes me how hyperactive the drums sound, though there are almost no blast beats and few speedy passages. It's exactly these drums which give the album a high level of energy. With a less active drummer, some of these songs might turn into decent doom songs but here there's a lot more going on.
Besides the intense guitars and furious vocals, there's a lot of room for samples, soundscapes and electronics. This way the album deviates from most death metal bands. In 'Descension' I'm reminded of My Dying Bride. A continuous guitar sequence and strings announce impending doom but then again the drummer speeds things up to the point where this becomes a stunning blackened rock song. Yet, here too, the word 'stunning' only appeared the second time I heard it. Like most of the songs, this one takes some getting used to but once it grabs you, you can't help but banging your head in a sense of euphoria.
Within the first minutes of 'Morbid', I wonder if Piton is either insane or ingenious. This song moves even further away from symphonic death metal and towards industrial metal. So does 'Rhythm Of The Beast', especially with those insane drums. Often I think death metal fans will frown upon this but then again, music evolves. Twenty years ago you were a moron when you used keyboards in metal but then came gothic and atmospheric metal where the instrument was embraced. Ygodeh takes it a step further, experimenting with everything they can get their hands on.
By the way, Ygodeh knows a great deal about old-school death metal, so don't worry and listen to 'Take The Blue Pill', a crushing headbanger which perfectly combines the vintage sound with the industrial touch. And there's even some more surprises on this album but I'm not going to get into all of these. All I can say is this: check out this album if you're into metal and when you listened, try again. You'll see that the album grows and surprises all the time.