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GOJIRA

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • France


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GOJIRA was formed in 1996 in a garage near Bayonne - South East of France - under the original moniker GODZILLA. The motivations of the DUPLANTIER brothers
(Joe on guitar/lead vocals and Mario on drums) and their band fellows Jean-Michel LABADIE (on bass) and Christian ANDREU (guitar) were less than sophisticated. But even through the thinnest booklet of their first demo cover issued under the predictable title "Possessed" there still emerged the first signs of their future emancipation.

GODZILLA might have been a big green monster smashing down cardboard buildings, taken from Japanese science-fiction films from the 60s deemed out of style today, but it was also a metaphor about the threat of nuclear weapons with which man plays, unconscious of the consequences.

Due to legal rights, GODZILLA changed its name to GOJIRA right before their first album,2001's "Terra Incognita".GOJIRA is in fact the Japanese translation of its original name. Even though the music had already changed, the way of doing things stayed the same. So call it whatever you want: an ecological thought, a politically correct speech, a 50% new age and 50% hippy mentality. The band, itself, remains the same since birth.

After more than 300 concerts in France and abroad, and a live DVD which sold 2500 copies nationally without the support of a "big" distributor and after the recognition from the public for their 2003 release "The Link", it was about time for GOJIRA to explode...which is currently happening.

Recorded at home in the studios of the Milans,"From Mars to Sirius",released in 2005, is an album of revolt, where ancestral forces of dragons are mentioned, the ocean shows its anger and all codes are red lighted. An album where action has taken over speech. Revolution is coming. So take a step ahead of it before it crushes you.

Highly recommended for fans of brutal yet technically complex progressive metal.

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Discography:
Terra Incognita, studio album (2001)
The Link, studio album (2003)
From Mars to Sirius, studio album (2005)
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GOJIRA shows & tickets


  • Resurrection Fest 2014 on 31 Jul 2014
  • Xtreme Fest 2014 on 1 Aug 2014
  • Rock Off Festival on 2 Aug 2014
  • Øyafestivalen 2014 on 5 Aug 2014
  • Gojira at Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Pratteln on 6 Aug 2014
  • Vagos Open Air 2014 on 8 Aug 2014
  • Sylak Open Air 2014 on 8 Aug 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Fox Theater Pomona, Pomona, CA on 17 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Marquee Theatre, Tempe on 18 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Stubb's Bar-B-Q, Austin on 20 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at South Side Music Hall, Dallas, Texas on 21 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Uptown Theater, Kansas City on 22 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit on 24 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Métropolis, Quebec on 29 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island on 30 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon on 31 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey on 1 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg on 2 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Rams Head Live!, Baltimore on 4 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon on 5 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Marathon Music Works, Nashville on 6 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Tabernacle, Atlanta on 7 Nov 2014

GOJIRA discography


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GOJIRA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.76 | 30 ratings
Terra Incognita
2001
3.16 | 37 ratings
The Link
2003
3.97 | 140 ratings
From Mars to Sirius
2005
4.11 | 141 ratings
The Way of All Flesh
2008
3.68 | 57 ratings
L'Enfant Sauvage
2012

GOJIRA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

GOJIRA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.88 | 5 ratings
The Link Alive
2005
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Flesh Alive
2012

GOJIRA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

GOJIRA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Gojira/Kvelertak Live
2013

GOJIRA Reviews


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 L'Enfant Sauvage by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 57 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by EatThatPhonebook
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 7/10

A Fun and Heavy Record, But There's Some Deja Vu.

'L'Enfant Sauvage' is the fifth studio album by French Progressive Death Metal band Gojira, released in 2012. Their previous work has already made a great impact in the metal community, for their catchy, heavy and groovy rhythms executed with excellent musicianship and songwriting, seen especially in their sophomore release, the 2005 'From Mars To Sirius', which incorporated a sludgy and primitive production that made the music sound so visceral and earthy. 2008's 'The Way Of All Flesh' had a much cleaner production, which gave the sound a greater Progressive Metal feel. 'L'Enfant Sauvage' unfortunately feels no different from its predecessor. Same production, same kind of grooves, same kind of occasional experimentation. But the reason why this is not necessarily bothersome is because, well, it's a formula that works.

Songwriting wise, the band has stepped down a tiny bit, because some of these songs simply don't have the kick they should, for not being that memorable. Others however, such as the fierce and potent intro 'Explosia', 'Pain Is the Master' or 'the Gift Of Guilt' give us some of the best musicianship in 2012 Metal, without abandoning those catchy riffs the band are popular for. 'Born In Winter' gives a nice touch of variation to the whole picture, and 'The Fall' gives a strong ending to the album. The second part of the LP does in fact gain a whole lot of momentum in comparison to the first half; almost all of the tracks shine, while in the first part you'll find good riffs here and there, but never anything that will particularly impress your memory.

It's unfortunate that Gojira didn't step out of their comfort zone on this one: 'L'Enfant Sauvage' however ends up being a guilty pleasure, but in a completely different sense than what usually the meaning of the term is: this is a very good record nevertheless, that has much more ups than downs, because of the groovy rhythms that are always present, even though perhaps the songwriting is toned down; it's a good listen, despite the static state in which Gojira seem to be stuck in.

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3.68 | 57 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by IcedPorcupine

4 stars Gojira "L'enfant Sauvage" 7.5/10

Lets get right to it.

This album was released a decently long four years from their previous release back in 2008 titled "The Way Of All Flesh", which is brought about because of a few things, one of which a label change. Gojira is more than happy to be releasing this LP under the Roadrunner label, and the quality of this emotion has spread well to their music. The production value has improved vastly (in my opinion) from the first couple albums they released "The Link" and "Terra Incognita" and the wall of heavy I love Gojira for has also shown some great changes, for better or worse depends on one's preference.

Before the release of the album, there have been short clips uploaded to the internet by the band of them recording the album (in New York City) and displaying all the wild and awesome techniques they utilise to create the unique Gojira sound. Among the videos is a clip of the behemoth of a drummer, Mario Duplantier, pounding away on a heavy steel door, microphones set up everywhere. I was greatly interested in this idea. This is album is going to be good.

Upon it's release, June 26 2012, I used the first bit of free time to purchase this album, and listened to it intensely and repeatedly over the next few days. I was not disappointed.

Kicking off L'enfant Sauvage ("The Wild Child" for those who don't speak French) is the explosive track "Explosia"and it does more than a fantastic job of starting this simply awesome album. Right off the bat it sets up the incredibly heavy mood of music that is Gojira, with the slow and definite intro riff. Following this is a series of technical drumming rhythms and guitar sections, over-flowing with guitarist and vocalist, Joe Duplantier's, intense ability to manipulate the guitar to speak in tongues with the music and to the audience. The effects he can conjure up are simply amazing. Ending this track is an amazing and yet simple, a but also heavy riff, which goes on, fading out, for around two minutes, allowing the listener to anticipate the next track.

The title track is the second song on L'enfant Sauvage, and it sure does an incredible job of being on the album it's named after (or vice versa, whichever happened first) The song begins with a quiet guitar riff opening up to another heavy riff, allowing the song to begin in proper Gojira fashion. Simplistic, yet brutal and progressively heavy. The song seems to follow a fairly simple structure, i.e. intro, verse, etc, but it delivers all that it needs to, so this should not be a problem for some of the most picky prog metal fans. Around the 2:20 mark opens up an incredible section of brutally heavy guitar and bass riffage that I simply love in Gojira. Perfectly placed in the song, and delivers no disappointment. The end half contains a bridge and more of the intro riff, followed by it's quite outro riff.

The third song, "The Axe" shows to be a fairly simple song, but does not let me down. It is filled with Mario's ability to play the bass drum loud and definitely there, and is quite excellent despite a more or less simple song. It is a track that belongs on a Gojira record, that is for sure.

Following "The Axe" is the song "Liquid Fire", this song also kills the doubt that Gojira is still awesome as they have been. It's contents involve Joe's fantastic ability to use his incredible and unique voice, accompanied by the technicality that Mario possesses on the battery. It also follows well the algorithm of L'enfant Sauvage.

Placed just before the LPs middle is an instrumental interlude "The Wild Healer", a short two minute section of a repeating riff with simple drums. Nicely placed to help transition the listener into the next, fantastically heavy, track.

At L'enfant Sauvage's middle is "Planned Obsolescence", an awesome track indeed. Heavy from the get go, with no messing around. This is the intensity that the band does so well, placed perfectly after a mellow interlude, "The Wild Healer" is similar to the transition from "From Mars" to "To Sirius" Found in their 2006 release "From Mars To Sirius" It is a fantastically awesome transition from light to heavy. It is the first track to focus attention on the intense ability Mario contains in blast-beats.

The remaining half of the album contains more or less, the expected second half of L'enfant Sauvage; The intensity is still hanging around, and Gojira is mostly able to keep their energy up and running. It is all accented quite well with their heavy attitude shown through the instruments. A track I would like to single out from the remaining five ("Mouth of Kala", "The Gift Of Guilt", "Pain Is A Master", "Born In Winter" and "The Fall") is "The Gift Of Guilt" This song possesses more of what I love from Gojira, and was my instant favourite off the album. It's starts of with a light tapping guitar part, into the heavier version of the same riff, much like From Mars To Sirius' "Global Warming", and goes into the bulk of the song. The contents of this song is more heavy and extreme Gojira, with the riff holding on to more of Joe's awesome ability to morph the sounds coming from his guitar into unique squeaking and yelling. Despite all technical elements of the song, it holds on to a fairly simple chorus, though the chorus delivers well and displays little room for disappointment, if any were to be found if looked for anyway.

All in all, this album is quite simply a 7.5/10; yes it contains an incredible amount of awesome, and is definitely worth the wait of four years since The Way Of All Flesh, but it still lacks something. It's difficult to say what it needs, but I find it slows down a bit after the middle point; L'enfant Sauvage opens very well, and holds on to its intensity easily into the middle, but starts to slip a bit towards the end. This does not mean that it becomes anywhere near bad towards the end, I just feel that they should close the album as, if not more, powerful as they opened. Despite this, however, upon seeing them play selected tracks from the album live, I can say the live performance of any songs played were beyond awesome. These songs are definitely meant, whether intentional or not, to be played live. I can say I look forward to next release, being the the EP "Sea Sheppard"

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3.68 | 57 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "L'Enfant Sauvage" is the 5th full-length studio album by French metal act Gojira. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in June 2012. Gojira have experienced a constantly rising popularity curve since the release of "From Mars to Sirius (2005)". "The Way of All Flesh (2008)" only cemented their position as one of the leading hybrid death/thrash metal acts and they've toured extensively in the wake of that album, which has further helped gain them popularity and a reputation as one of the tightest playing live acts out there.

...while some artist opt to release a new album each year or maybe every second year, Gojira are not as productive, but listening to "L'Enfant Sauvage" it's pretty obvious why that is. These guys are perfectionists. Not only have they honed they technical skills but they have also spend valuable time on songwriting details that ultimately makes "L'Enfant Sauvage" another very strong release by the band.

The music on the album pretty much continue down the same progressive hybrid death/thrash path as they've travelled for a couple of albums now. Sharp precision drumming, heavy rythmic groove based riffs, atmospheric sections (which often remind me of Killing Joke and their melancholic sound) and those trademark semi- growling/raw yet strangely melodic vocals by lead vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier. He probably has one of the most characteristic extreme metal vocal styles on the scene today. That mix of rawness and melodic sensitivity is rare. I'm thinking of a vocalist like Phil Anselmo in his prime. Not that Joe Duplantier sounds like Anselmo, but his vocal style features some of the same raw/melodic qualities as the former Pantera vocalist also did/does. In addition to his raw vocal delivery, Joe Duplantier's vocals are often doubled with more melodic sounding vocals. I'm not sure if it's vocoder created vocals, but there is a robotic quality to them.

The 11 track, 52:25 minutes long album features quality tracks throughout, but tracks like "Exlosia", "L'Enfant Sauvage", "Liquid Fire", "Pain is a Master" and "Born in Winter" (where Duplantier tries his hand at singing clean vocals and comes away pretty successful), stand out to me.

"L'Enfant Sauvage" not only features excellent musicianship and quality songwriting, but also features a strong, clear and powerful sound production to boot. All in all "L'Enfant Sauvage" is a very strong release by Gojira and a 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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 L'Enfant Sauvage by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 57 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Illmatic0000

4 stars 4.5 stars.

Gojira. Just the mention of the band's name will cause a plethora of scattered opinions ranging from adoration to disgust, as rarely does there come a band as polarizing. With the previous four records, it was clear that Gojira's sound wasn't exactly bound to change, to many people sounding like a more passionate take on Meshuggah-style extreme metal. However, it seems we've finally seen a break from many of the norms this band is known for. L'Enfant happens to be a bit of a rarity in the current state of metal, pulling off brutality and elegance almost perfectly.

What we have here is the band's sound finally coming together and reaching a peak lyrically and musically. Instrumentally, more variation is brought to the table, with the chunky guitar/bass duo being balanced out with the aforementioned elegance, with an extra- melodic side producing a nice atmospheric flavor. The album also happens to be among the band's darkness, only rivaled by The Way of All Flesh; correct me if I'm wrong, but the lyrics seem to convey a sense of freedom and its cost in this world. Songs like "Explosia" and "Liquid Fire" certainly seem to put that concept on display.

Speaking of "Explosia", that happens to be the grand opener, and what an impression it makes! While the song starts out in typical Gojira fashion, with all the thick guitar chords, extremely precise drumming patterns, and Pantera-esque squeals, the second half reveals something more... an identity and a heart. This is especially prevalent in the cathartic moment right in the middle portion where a dark textural feel edges out the brutality and Joe Duplantier sounds very passionate in his near-desperate-sounding shouts.

The "identity" and "heart" are exactly what sets this apart from a lot of the other work Gojira's released; it sounds like Gojira have finally found a sound they're content with, and songs like the reflective "Born in Winter" and the eerie suspenseful "The Gift of Guilt" sound generally more enticing than previous efforts. Much of the reason is that there sounds like a drive and a flow to these songs; more feeling if you will.

Again, though, if you're looking for that heavy edge that originally made this band so notable, the album should appeal to those in that camp as well. "Planned Obsolescence" emphasizes Mario Duplantier's nimble double-bass drumming while the aggressive title track definitely has that "chugga-chugga" feel in the rhythm section as the guitars synchronize and put the riffs into overdrive.

There really isn't much more to say. This has been a long time coming for Gojira, but they seem to have finally found their identity and made a fantastic album that's equal parts bloody and beautiful. What came of this is progressive extreme metal with a real sense of atmosphere and melody to balance out the pummeling brutality. Highly recommended.

(Originally written on Sputnikmusic.com

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 The Way of All Flesh by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 141 ratings

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The Way of All Flesh
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by SoundsofSeasons
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4 stars A headbanging, cheek clenching, horn-throwing beast of an album.. bogged down somewhat by an overly long clock-in time, freikin' amazing and pretty-good mixed bag of songs, and ideas that work better than one would dream in most songs.. and fail to hold attention in a few.

.What i wrote above sums up this album, quite simply. No need to read on.. however if you must..

Highlight: the songs. I dont usually mention my favorite songs, but because this particular album looses its 'essential' rating almost solely by the fact that it should have removed the middle part of the album, and 15 minutes off its final running time, i will list the best songs... the ones that MAKE this album.

. However on a side note i would like to highlight that the mathmatically brutal drums drive this band (and as a drummer myself this is a must listen album) with guitars matching every herta and sixteenth/thirty-second note played by the kick drums. So drummers take note.. these kick drum patterns can be your daily practices

Yes. i am going to just copy and paste.

1. Oroborus (5:21) 2. Toxic Garbage Island (4:06) ***** if you are to buy one song from Gojira. This is IT. 3. A Sight to Behold (5:09) 4. Yama's Messengers (4:03)

5. The Silver Cord (2:31) ... pretty much to catch your breath, which i think is important in an album such as this where you can develop auditorial overload and end up tuning out half way through.

8. The Art of Dying (9:54) 9. Esoteric Surgery (5:44)

11. Wolf Down the Earth (6:25) 12. The Way of All Flesh (17:03)

.. so thats 9 songs maybe 8, that are absolutely amazing... and 3 that just weren't on par.

4 stars. If you are a fan of Extreme/ Prog Metal genre add a half-star. If you answered yes to the previous statement, consider this essential, and the band for that matter very much worth your time.

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 L'Enfant Sauvage by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 57 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

3 stars Gojira have been one of my favourite bands in the past few years. When I first bought From Mars To Sirius, it became one of my all time favourite albums. Such a powerfull album and it literaly was the most unique metal album I had ever heard. It literally sounded like it came from outer space. Their follow up, The Way Of All Flesh was a great follow up, and contained my favourite Gojira song...The Art Of Dying.

So when I heard they where releasing a new album, I automatically looked back on their past, and how epic and amazing it was. The 2 songs that where released from this album made me excited for what was to come...sadly...I was let down.

Now the album isn't that bad. If any other band had realised it, it would be their best probably. But because your trying to follow up 2 of the best albums released in the past 10 years?yea it can be a difficult task.

One thing that grabbed my attention was that the album itself is a little bit more melodic than their previous 2, but to be honest, the power has gone away. The melodic touches to some off the riffs do give the album a certain characteristic, but it does feel like some of the Gojira trademarks have been lost. It also feels like the band have been listening to a lot of modern metal bands, and imitating their styles. But the thing was that Gojira's uniqueness was what made the band so good. They didn't sound like anything?ever!

Musically the band are always on par. With spectacular riffs, powerfull grooves and amazing vocals, the bands formula is as strong as ever. Sadly some of the material is lack lustre.

Lyrically the band has never been better. In fact, I was really surprised at how poetic the lyrics where. Always take the French to speak better English than English speakers can.

Production wise, the album has a very modern sound, which to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of. The thing that attracted me to Gojira was that the production literally made the drums and guitars sounded like planets smashing into each other. Now it just sounds like everything else.

1. Explosia - A very average intro, especially for a Gojira album. Definitely no Ocean Planet, The Link or Oroborus. And the song goes on for a bit. 6/10

2. L'enfant Sauvage - One of the most melodic songs on the album. As usual, there is cool riffs and powerful moments. 10/10

3. The Axe - One of the most powerful songs on the album. Some pretty cool and kick ass moments. 8/10

4. Liquid Fire - The best song on the album. And probably one of my favourite Gojira songs. Love the use of vocoder on Joe's vocals. Has great vocals and very powerfull moments. 10/10

5. The Wild Healer - This song is actually really cool. A short tapping based instrumental with some nice tribal beats. Pretty cool. 9/10

6. Planned Obsolescence - An odd song with some interesting changes. Shame it's a bit bland still. 7/10

7. Mouth Of Kala - Anything to do with Kali, usually I love. But it's a pretty standard Goira song. Great lyrics though. 7/10

8. The Gift Of Guilt - One of the most interesting songs on the album. With a slower pace and less rhythm, the guitar bits really are pretty interesting. 8/10

9. Pain Is A Master - Another interesting moment. The eerie intro its really cool, and one of the oddest riffs is in this song. One of the best songs on the album. 9/10

10. Born In Winter - A bit slower and more eerie, but still a bit bland. 7/10

11. The Fall - A very disappointing intro. Definitely not as powerful as Global Warming or The Way Of All Flesh. 6/10

*bonus tracks

12. The Emptiness - A nice more upbeat moment. This should have been on the album. 8/10

13. My Last Creation - Pretty standard Gojira, but still should have been on the album. 7/10

CONCLUSION: It's just not the same. The power, the flair and the style of Gojira that attracted me to the band has now weakened and replaced with something, still listMoienable, but is a bit bland to me.

6.4/10

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 The Way of All Flesh by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 141 ratings

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The Way of All Flesh
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by EatThatPhonebook
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 7/10

"The Way Of All Flesh" is a ferocious grip, fast-paced like no other album by the band.

Gojira's fourth album is the first one after the seminal "From Mars To Sirius", and shows that they still are a strong band that can release solid efforts. While not as well developed and written as the previous album, "The Way Of All Flesh" is nevertheless an album enjoyable from beginning to end, with only very few, slight bumps during the ride.

This last effort is a somewhat return to the band's older days: a more thrashy, groove metal influenced take on Death Metal, with extremely tight compositions and a high level of technicality. Joe Duplianter's vocals are, as usual, perfect growls, strong, powerful, and mighty, and give yet another touch of violence to the sounds. The production is top notch, better than ever before, with almost flawless mixing (some moments I wish the vocals were louder).

With more than an hour of music and with twelve, average-length pieces, "The Way Of All Flesh" keeps the entertainment rate high, starting with the first two tracks, "Ouroboros" and "Toxic Garbage Island", this last one definitely the best, most brutally technical song of the record. Then, we have songs like the energetic, quasi-metalcore feeling of "All The Tears", "Vacuity", the tribal "The Art of Dying", or the mighty title track that boasts amazing performances by all the musicians. Some songs like "Wolf Down to Earth" or " A Sight To Behold" are little too plain and don't add much to the album, same for "Yama's Messenger", a plain, destructive episode that simply doesn't add anything at all.

Despite the few flaws "The Way of all Flesh" is another extremely impressive piece of work from Gojira, a band that so far has shown immense talent and absolutely worthy of their reputation.

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 From Mars to Sirius by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.97 | 140 ratings

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From Mars to Sirius
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by 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.

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 Terra Incognita by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.76 | 30 ratings

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Terra Incognita
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by EatThatPhonebook
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 6/10

"Terra Incognita" is an overall successful mix of technicality, heaviness, and aggression.

Gojira are a French Progressive Death Metal band that have a loving fan base, thanks to albums like "From Mars To Sirius" and "The Way Of All Flesh", both of them regarded as modern Death Metal/ Progressive Metal classics. Before their rise to recognition, "Terra Incognita" was released, back in the year 2000, overshadowed by so much more brilliant music despite being an overall decent listen.

The level of maturity in this debut album is already quite impressive: the production is top notch, the riffs are nice and heavy, some even worth of an album like "The Way Of All Flesh". There is a flavor of Nu Metal/Alternative Metal in the concept and image of this album: it almost feels like a much heavier, technical, and fierce version of a Sepultura album, also because of it's Latin American mysticism-inspired lyrics. The heaviness of the album is what would turn on metalheads: the vocals are also extremely brute, and they truly feel shouted from the inner guts of singer Joe Duplianter. This in-your-face take is accentuated with a strong, technical feeling: the riffs can be extremely fast, or heavily syncopated to the point where calling it Progressive Metal is more than a safe thing to do.

The flaws this album has, however, are a few, the first one is the one that mainly kills some more potential entertainment this album could have had: it doesn't feature as much variety as the following albums by the band. You might enjoy quite a bit the first half hour or so, but then, it's not hard to notice, eventually, how the musical diversities from song to song aren't very many, making the listen a rather monotonous ride. By the end of the album, the listener can easily feel sick of that kind of music, and would wish to lay off it a bit.

Some of the songs here though are extremely enjoyable for one who enjoys this kind of music, starting from the straight-to-the-point opener, "Clone". "Lizard Skin" and "Blow Me Away You(niverse)" are great concerts pieces that give further blood rushing in the listener's veins. But the best song is easily the closer, "In The Forest", the most fiercely technical piece here, added with a potent dose of heaviness.

"Terra Incognita" has some standout moments and tracks that could have become Gojira classics, but as a whole, it stretches out a little too much and doesn't offer much more than aggression. Still something worth while listening to, especially if you're a fan of the band, and want to hear their earlier days.

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 The Way of All Flesh by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 141 ratings

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The Way of All Flesh
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

4 stars The way I see things is so simple...

...original tech/extreme prog metal of high quality. This, in a nutshell describes Gojira's latest (at the time of writing) album. Within the 75 minutes of the album (65min of pure music), Gojira manage to present a solid, brutal style encompassing virtually all the sides of the extreme sound (death, thrash, black, hardcore and the list goes on), executed with memorable musicianship and definite "character".

The chaotic vocals blend nicely with the sound and are counteracted with clean melodic ones when needed. The speeds vary from slow, crawling patterns (e.g. Yama's Messengers) to black metallish blast beats (Adoration for None). There are times when the sound turns to industrial/hardcore as in Toxic Garbage Island and times when the riffs resemble to the big bands of the Swedish Death Metal scene (i.e. At The Gates) - particularly towards the end of the album (Esoteric surgery, Wolf Down the Earth). Among these connections, influences from Slayer/Machine Head and Meshuggah/Death can be observed: the former concerning the slow-to-medium speed passages and the latter the more technically challenging riffs (e.g. title track opening).

The complex arrangements are however built beyond mere influences and exert a tone of originality. The same applies to the guitar techniques: especially the "tapping" and "picking" techniques, used in the opening track and reappearing here and there during the course of the album, raise the interest of the listener. In addition to the above, the band is able to produce catchy tunes (A Sight to Behold) and also introduces more melodic parts to bring the album to a balance (The Silver Cord, second half of The Art of Dying).

I am always sceptical about long records but in this case the quality of the recordings is so high that I overcome my reservations. Truly this is a top-notch album of the extreme genre and can grow on you with every listen. This should only be avoided by those "allergic" to brutal vocals and extreme aspects of metal.

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