"Transcendence" (Self-produced; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers


This five song EP covers a lot of ground. It has songs that have been re-worked as well as a cover of Cynic's "Textures." Gorod is a technical death metal band from France and their music is incredible. Even the acoustical, classic-sounding tracks (entitled "Blackout: Renewed Souls" and "Earth Pus: Salvation") have an eerie sound to them and, when you mix that with some heavy -- and I mean heavy -- music, the mood is alluring.

The first four songs are standard in length but the last track, "Transcendence," clocks in at over fifteen minutes. Most of the tracks on this disc were recorded from between 2004 to 2010. The title track has a new lead singer on it; his name is Julien "Nutz" and he runs the gamut of clean vocals to death metal growls and injects some haunting sounds in between. The guitar is proficiently played and you will marvel at the solo work. The drums are technically tight and the bass keeps the rhythm going strong.

Gorod: Guillaume Martinot Vocals; Julien "Nutz" Vocals; Mathieu Pascal Guitar; Benoit Claus Bass; Arnaud Pontaco Guitar; Samuel Santiago Drums.

For more information visit http://gorod.free.fr/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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