David Niven once said: "Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don't take anything too seriously, it'll all work out in the end." And hell, needless to say it did work out well for Gorod. The technical/prog death metal Frenchmen are back this year with a special EP, since they're touring with Havok, Exmortus and Warbringer. And as you well know, for special occasions, special stuff comes out. And what better than recording a thrash record for a thrash metal tour and releasing your EP on April Fools' day, right? The guys did so, disposing of only two months to get the whole job done. Obviously, if you haven't yet listened the new release you won't understand the use of bold, so just let me get there. You'll understand, in time.
We have to keep in mind that given the little amount of time and the challenge of going through "unknown" territory is an important factor to consider while reviewing this. Obviously we can't say that the band members are unfamiliar with the genre, because every metalhead that respect themselves know how thrash metal sounds. But that doesn't mean it was an easy process, and that regardless of the genre you're playing to be fair. But getting back to the topic, the execution here is pretty impressive and phenomenal. This sounds like a Gorod release without it being a typical Gorod release —hoping you get what I mean. And how did I not mention the vocals yet? I certainly deserve to be hanged. Julien "Nutz" Deyres' vocals fit perfectly well in the music without anything feeling weird about it, really. Good job here by the man, whom helps giving to the record a rawness that isn't necessarily present in the production because it simply doesn't need it.
At this point, I think that the band could make any genre sound as good as their technical and sophisticated music does. Kiss The Freak certainly puts to shame most part of the current thrash scene by itself, and Gorod proved us that they can experiment with another genre and still sound truly great, even after twenty years of career. So the next time someone tells you that time is an excuse for a band to start sounding horrible, make them listen to some Gorod. Pretty sure they'll change their minds. Because yeah, we tend to forget and neglect the fact that the band has been around for so many years. And they know what this is all about, because they've proven it. Again.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.