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THE LINK

Gojira

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


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3.62 | 56 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Link (5:05)
2. Death Of Me (5:46)
3. Connected (1:20)
4. Remembrance (4:59)
5. Torii (1:49)
6. Indians (3:57)
7. Embrace The World (4:37)
8. Inward Movement (5:49)
9. Over The Flows (3:05)
10. Wisdom Comes (2:22)
11. Dawn (8:01)

Total time 46:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Joseph Duplantier / lead vocals, guitar
- Christian Andreu / guitar
- Jean-Michel Labadie / bass
- Mario Duplantier / drums

With:
- Laurentx Etxemendi / effects

Releases information

Artwork: Joseph Duplantier

CD Gabriel Editions ‎- BYCD2 (2003, France)
CD Listenable Records ‎- POSH067 (2005, France) Remastered

LP Listenable Records ‎- POSH184 (2012, France)

FLAC download - bandcamp.com

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GOJIRA The Link ratings distribution


3.62
(56 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
9%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (34%)
34%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
14%
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)
4%

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Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "The Link" is the 2nd full-length studio album by French progressive/groove metal act Gojira. The album was released through Boycott/Next Music in April 2003. Itīs the successor to "Terra Incognita" from 2001. The 2005 remastered Listenable Records re-release of the album is slightly different from the original version, as some intros/outros have been changed.

"Terra Incognita" was a rather typical debut release, as it featured material which were quite diverse and inconsistent in style and quality. It made for a raw and unpolished first impression of Gojira, and while "The Link" is not 100% consistent in style and quality either, itīs audible that Gojira have settled a bit more on a personal sound. The raw yet at times semi-melodic singing style is in place, the heavy angular riffs and rhythms in unconventional time signatures, the atmospheric sections, and the environmental/social issue lyrics are there too. Tracks like "The Link" and "Death of Me" could just as well have been featured on the next couple of albums, but as mentioned above the band hadnīt yet settled 100% into their own personal style, and tracks like "Over the Flows" and "Wisdom Comes" (which is the re-recorded title track from their 2000 demo) are relatively far removed from what Gojira would produce on their succeeding releases. That makes for a diverse but also a bit of an unfocused listen, and itīs probably an aquired taste if stylistic inconsistency is considered a strength or a flaw. In this case I tend to go with the latter opinion, because to my ears some of the tracks disrupt the overall flow of the album.

When that is said "The Link" is still a very impressive sophomore album by Gojira. The album features a professional, powerful, and well sounding production, the musicianship is on a high level on all posts, and the songwriting has improved greatly since the debut, so upon conclusion "The Link" is a high quality release although the adventurous ideas sometimes affect the flow of the album (which is especially the case with the last couple of tracks on the album). A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

Review by Necrotica
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Admittedly, Gojira's first album Terra Incognita, while still solid, suffered from a few inconsistencies. First among them (and most common among many bands) was that they hadn't fully found their sound yet. Also, some parts and experiments were either very awkward or very mismatched in execution. With The Link, though, Gojira have seemed to break away from these issues and have released an album that's fully unique in the metal world.

With the album, you can immediately tell that the band now use more variation to their advantage, bringing a more progressive style and ultimately keeping things fresher. Some sections are very odd for a death/thrash metal band, including the ambient style of the two major interludes "Connected" and "Torii." The former uses a tribal aesthetic, which would be utilized more in the future with the band. The latter has a very soothing quality with a very calm, warm guitar sound to it.

Now, we get to the metal. Wow, how to describe some of it... If you guess that it's brutal, then you're right... but it'd be a MASSIVE understatement. When Gojira need heaviness, they immediately go to work and don't play around. Let's take "Remembrance" for example. After the slow, tribal "Connected," this track comes bursting out at full force and never lets up. One has to commend Gojira for their precision as well. The biggest example is Mario Duplantier, who has an amazing display of variety and speed mixed in with precise machine-gun double bass drumming, almost reminding one of Thomas Haake of Meshuggah.

There's also the single, "Indians," which continues in a typical Gojira fashion, and yet adds the aforementioned tribal elements for quite a nice surprise. The song is also quite progressive, bringing in many off-beat fills and riffs along with nicely varied guitar work. The ending section probably displays the band's technical abilities better than any other part of the album.

If there's a member of this band that's understated, it'd have to be Christian Andreu, the lead guitarist. When he shines, he uses so much variety and skill, and yet he isn't heard all that much. He's more of a subtle musician in the band, and normally I'd say that's fine, but sometimes the band goes through some dull spots of repetition. It'd just be cool to find more of his guitar work somewhere in the record.

Those "dull spots of repetition" comprise my biggest gripe about the CD. When Gojira go all out, they really don't let up. However, as Gojira's been criticized heavily about, the album creates some slightly repetitive grooves that can go on for quite a while. Lets use the last track "Dawn." It starts out as a wonderful instrumental that builds up to nicely crafted metal section, but after this, it just sort of... dies. The song gets doomier and darker, and just sulks in repetitive futility for about 4-5 minutes until it fades.

Other than that, though, the rest of the album is fantastic and unique. Gojira's style, blending Thrash, Death Metal, Progressive music, Groove Metal, and experimental music, is very different from most of the bands today. The Link captures those elements perfectly, and is quite a step up from their debut. Highly recommended.

(Originally published on Sputnikmusic)

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