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FROM MARS TO SIRIUS

Gojira

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.96 | 143 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 8/10

"From Mars To Sirius" is Gojira's best release so far: a modern Death Metal classic.

Gojira are one of the main Progressive Death Metal acts of the new millennium also because of 'From Mars To Sirius', the extraordinary third album. This French band had been active for nine years before this release, but it is known that great albums take time and a certain level of maturity.

Compared to earlier albums, 'From Mars To Sirius' has a much rougher production: everything sounds incredibly large, wide, and spacey in this album, contrasting the tight compositions of the early days. Even the technical point of view has toned down quite a bit, in favor of a more sludgy take on Death Metal: the guitars are strongly reminiscent of bands like Mastodon, Neurosis, or Isis. But the typical Gojira vocals, by Joe Duplianter, never leave the stage, and still give that touch that brings together all releases from the band.

The album presents a bunch of solid, well-written and executed songs that, put together, maintain a strongly consistent level throughout the entire hour this albums lasts: the more famous, classic Gojira songs like the Post-Metal vibes of 'Flying Whales', the fiercely dramatic guitar tapping of 'Global Warming', or the energetic 'From The Sky' are stuck into the imaginary collective of modern Death Metal. But the other songs present here are not less powerful: 'Ocean Planet', the album's opener, is an almost devastatingly executed song with one of the sludgiest riffs of the entire LP, 'World To Come' and 'Oceanbone' simple songs with excellent riffs and songwriting. The more technical, thrashy moments are still present here and there, like in 'The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe', one of the most intense songs Gojira has ever created.

An album with little imperfections, with a tremendously engaging flow, and with a consistent high level of execution, 'From Mars to Sirius' shows all of Gojra's talent, and remains a key album for Progressive Death Metal.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |

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