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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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2.79 | 33 ratings
Terra Incognita
2001
3.30 | 42 ratings
The Link
2003
3.97 | 146 ratings
From Mars to Sirius
2005
4.15 | 157 ratings
The Way of All Flesh
2008
3.80 | 64 ratings
L'Enfant Sauvage
2012

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3.92 | 6 ratings
The Link Alive
2005
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Flesh Alive
2012

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Gojira/Kvelertak Live
2013

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 From Mars to Sirius by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.97 | 146 ratings

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From Mars to Sirius
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Necrotica

3 stars Gojira are something of an anomaly in the metal world; they've influenced countless new extreme metal bands in their wake, and yet very few artists have been able to successfully replicate their style. To the newcomers of the band, they may initially come off as Meshuggah with a more emotional (and of course environmental, when referring to the lyrics) side to them. While this can be true at times, the ambient interludes (such as "Torii" or "The Silver Cord") and moments that showcase the brutality of their classic death metal roots suggest more influences beneath the surface. Additionally, each album has its own personality and sound: Terra Incognita was more akin to the band's demos, containing more full-on death metal than their later releases; The Link had both a more tribal and progressive feel; The Way of All Flesh is extremely grim and focuses on the relationship between life and death; L'Enfant Sauvage has a tighter sound and the songs are less drawn-out. So where does From Mars to Sirius fit in? Well, it's a giant sprawling mess of a record, that's for sure.

The longest album by the band at this point, From Mars to Sirius focuses on longer compositions while increasing the guitar distortion and heaviness to the highest degree. Also worth mentioning is this record's special attention to an environmental message, even going as far as making an album cover that looks eerily similar to the logo of the organization Sea Shepherd, which aims to preserve marine life. The typical Gojira trademarks are all present; you've got the low-tuned chugs, a nice variety of tempos, and melodic guitar lines that cut through the wall of distortion. Unfortunately though, the record also emphasizes one of the band's trademarks a little too much: the repetition. Repetition can be fine if it's executed tastefully, but here it just sounds like it was incorporated to fill up the running time. While songs such as the aptly titled "The Heaviest Matter of the Universe" and the simultaneously melodic and harsh opener "Ocean Planet" do an efficient job of trimming the fat, songs like "Global Warming" and especially "Where Dragons Dwell" honestly don't. The latter is seven minutes long, but while the first half holds a nice sludgy groove with some nice vocal variety, the second half is the same riff repeated... over and over and over and over until it fades out. Other songs are guilty of this as well, and it doesn't enhance them in any way. There aren't any subtle changes in the songwriting except for a few different drum fills here and there or some vocal shouts, so there isn't much to invest in.

Luckily the album's strengths do make up for this, if barely. The soft interlude "Unicorn" is a well-paced break from the constant heaviness, and the songs that combine heaviness and frequent instances of melody (like "Ocean Planet" or "Flying Whales") balance the two elements very nicely. "Flying Whales" is certainly a standout in general, with a peaceful clean-guitar interlude setting the stage for the bludgeoning distortion and overall intensity that follows. In fact, "In the Wilderness" ends up being a great follow-up as well, despite returning to the one-dimensional heaviness and having an overly long ending. Luckily, the chromatic riffs and higher-pitched vocals during the chorus are effective and evoke a sense of chaos, saving the tune from the same fate as some of the other ones on here. The lyricism is well-done too; while the environmental message can occasionally be a bit overbearing, it's evident that the band really care about their cause and put a lot of thought into the poetry being sung (or growled/screamed) here. In songs like "Flying Whales" or "Where Dragons Dwell," fantasy themes indirectly provide symbolism related to the environmental theme and are sung with just the right amount of conviction.

There's nothing really terrible about From Mars to Sirius, but it really would have benefited from being pared down. Many of the songs feel a bit directionless because of weak, unnecessarily repetitive endings and their overall length. The album constantly seems to tread the fault line between being resonant and being completely uninteresting. While not a bad record by any means, I can unfortunately call it the band's worst.

(Originally published on Sputnikmusic)

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 The Link by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.30 | 42 ratings

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The Link
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Necrotica

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.

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2.79 | 33 ratings

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Terra Incognita
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Necrotica

3 stars Most bands have some sort of progression in their particular established sound (be it good or bad), and it seems perfectly understandable to mix things up once in a while. Even with a band like Metallica, who obviously received a large amount of backlash for simplifying their music and following more unfavorable trends during the 90s, at least took a gamble and tried something different. Gojira, the progressive death metal darlings of Bayonne, France, definitely took a slower and more subtle approach to evolution; whereas some bands are completely abrupt in their musical shift(s), Gojira always retain their death metal brutality while mixing a few new tricks with each passing album. Most notably, each album has gotten more melodic and featured more vocal variety. Proof of that? Terra Incognita, the band's first record (after numerous demos, of course) is primarily rooted in straightforward death metal, during the early days before they starting branching out their sound at bit more.

While containing many hints of the group's future and still being both technical and progressive to an extent, Terra Incognita is also a lot more raw and rough around the edges. Songs like "Love" and "Clone" are extremely pummeling numbers and showcase Mario Duplantier's double-bass pedal work quite extensively during the heaviest sections. Of course, even early Gojira material isn't complete without certain soft interludes to balance out the intensity, with sparse bass-driven "04" and the two "De Tonnes" songs fitting the bill. None of this stuff is really what makes the record as unique as it is, however; what really makes it stand out is just how bizarre and dark the whole vibe is. Perhaps some of this comes from how isolated and slightly murky the production sounds, but it's also from the weird experiments that are attempted. For instance, while "Love" is primarily a very heavy death metal song, the intro is this weird chromatic clean guitar segment that sets a different tone for the song entirely. "Blow Me Away You(niverse)" is another good example; while most of the song is your average midtempo song (albeit with a large emphasis toward high screams), a complete instrumental freakout comes out of nowhere with atonal guitar playing rushing forth and odd clear vocal harmonies combining with intimidating growls. It's a frantic change of pace, but one that's refreshingly in its unpredictability. Moments like these are what really make the album work.

Sadly, it comes at a price: inconsistency. While this album isn't completely disjointed-sounding, some songs should have been left out of the final product altogether. "Satan is a Lawyer," aside from having possibly the most ridiculous Gojira song title ever, has Joe Duplantier attempting this weird rapping during the verses. That's awkward enough, but the song never really catches fire; the riffs are tired, the drumming is a little dull, etc. Other songs suffer from bad musical concepts as well, such as the plodding "Lizard Skin" and the (quite frankly boring) clean "eerie" interlude "On the B.O.T.A." No song on here is terrible, but bad track placement and half-baked ideas take away from what works so well. This also extends to the other problem, being that the album is a little too straightforward sometimes. While it's already ahead of the game since many death metal debuts are more generic than this, the complaint I'm mentioning is more from a retrospective standpoint. After listening to the band's other efforts and hearing how much they've progressed, some of the music on here starts to sound a bit "cookie-cutter" after a while. Regardless, Terra Incognita was still a very solid first step for the band. While many bands struggle to find their footing with their first efforts, Gojira already found a sound they could expand upon with each successive release. Even if this only provides a glimpse of what the band would become, it's still a great standalone effort and deserves more attention.

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 L'Enfant Sauvage by GOJIRA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.80 | 64 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by SteveG

4 stars Members familiar with this French band will know that they play Progressive Death Metal with a heavy emphasis on Thrash. Their last studio album, 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage, is as good as it's predecessor, 2008's The Way of All Flesh.

The big jump in the quality of the band's music from 2005's From Mars To Sirius was that it was improved by two factors: better songwriting and greatly improved production values. The improved production values remain for 2012's L' Enfant Sauvage as does the improved songwriting. My only problem with this is that it feels like the band might have hit their plateau in progressing, which always gives me cause for concern with Progressive Death groups.

What is an improvement over 2008's The Way Of All Flesh is the band's improved playing skills. These four gents are firing on all eight cylinders and songs like the lead track Explosia are just what the name implies. The playing, songwrting and vocal performances are explosive on several tracks of this album and are evened out by relatively 'calmer' numbers like Born In Winter before the fireworks start up again.

The album ends on a high note with the strong closing track The Fall. I just hope this band does not get sterile with over producing and other distractions that really is not called for in Extreme/Tech metal.

Now, I have to go back and pretend that I only like old prog. 4 stars for this fine effort.

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3.80 | 64 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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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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3.80 | 64 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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3.80 | 64 ratings

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L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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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
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
4.15 | 157 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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3.80 | 64 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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