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FROM MARS TO SIRIUS

Gojira

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.01 | 138 ratings

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CCVP
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4 stars This is a very fine album, but i really need to me in the mood to sit through it. Really!

Gojira's third opus is their latest release i have so far and the first album from this french band that i ever bought and i have to say that i am not disappointed. Although not being very fond of groove metal, because i think the music seems to drag, seems to be way slower than i should be, meaning that they should be played, at least, twice as fast, i really liked this album.

However, the extremer version of groove metal that Gojira presents somehow called my attention, maybe because they rely less on the groove and play, lets say, 10 riffs when it should be only 1 in ordinary grove metal, making their music sound thick or full. Maybe they play some kind of thrashened or deathened groove metal. Besides their music also have progressive influences and a considerably deal technicality. But groove metal was born from thrash metal, so maybe that are doing the reverse way, or maybe uniting father and son? I don't know. I just know that what they do sounds better than the average groove metal bands.

Although Gojira does an interesting mix of styles, that is not the only thing. They also do a wall of sound similar to the one Meshuggah does: both guitars and the bass playing at the same time, although here one guitar is playing apparently faster than the other, and the drums playing the same rhythm as one of the guitars, at least in the heavy songs, making their music sound the way it sounds, at least in the album From Mars to Sirius.

This album is also a concept album, that tells about the environmental change on Earth and that humanity must do something save Earth before its all lost. The story follows a character that sees the world's end and starts a journey to find the Flying Whales, that could teach him how to fly. The character somehow goes to the fictional star Sirius C where a master race teaches him how to restore life on Earth.

One very interesting thing is that this album is my favorite album for stargazing, it really is. I really don't know why that is, because i listen to a lot of space rock albums, but i don't like them very much to stargaze.

The headlights go to: Ocean Planet, From the Sky, Flying Whales, In the Wilderness, From Mars, To Sirius and Global Warming.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Well, From Mars to Sirius is a pretty good album, but the thing is: i think this album is way too long. It is good music, but sometimes i get tired of it in the middle of the album. So, to sit through it, i need to be in the right mood. Maybe they should be influenced by Meshuggah in more ways they are now and keep their albums below the 60 minutes mark, but preferably below or very close to the 50 minutes, like the said swedish band usually does. So for putting out a good bot overlong album, i will give to them 4 stars.

CCVP | 4/5 |

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