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4 stars Gojira seems to progress and flourish with every album.

Well, the Link and Terra Icognita were good, but they definitely had they're flaws. I especially saw problems in the production department in particular. From Mars to Sirius was their big breakthrough in terms of songwriting and development in their music. So now we come to this album, the anticipated successor, and I must say that the anticipation was definitely worth it.

1. Orborus: Great opening track. It has a good sense of groove to it. This is a great preparation for the other tracks finely woven withn. 4/5

2. Toxic Garbage Island: A total change. It goes from something very melodic to something absolutely technical and brutal. Drummer Mario Duplantier keeps his rhythm very nicely. 4.5/5

3. A Sight to Behold: Hmm. Not the best track here. Gojira isn't the best with groove metal. it's still a good song. Yet in particular, I got a bit tired with the whiny vocals and the repetitive songwriting. 6/10

4. Yama's Messengers: Much better than the last. This starts out as a bit of a sludge song, but of course with more prog. Then it starts using blastbeats to a large extent. Good track. 8/10

5. Silver Cord: Just an ambient instrumental. Nothing too special.

6. Adoration for None: Randy Blythe of Lamb of God fame does voacls in this one. His vocals add a nice touch to the extreme metal added. 9/10

7. All the Tears: A good progressive headbanger. Not much to say except that it's another good track by them. 8/10

8. Art of Dying: Best track here. This is pretty much the centerpiece of the album, with many progressive passages and melodic extreme metal, making this one a classic. 10/10

9. Esoteric Surgery: This one switches tempos a lot, yet is also pretty straightforward. Vocalist Joe Duplantier has a good range in this one. 8.5/10

10. Vacuity: A bit bland and more straightforward, but nonetheless a good track. It usually maintains the same slow tempo overall. 7/10

11. Wolf Down the Earth: This song has a good heavy riff. The slower part can remind one of "Death of Me" from the Link. Good song. 7.5/10

12. Way of All Flesh: The epic title track. The only real gripe I have on this one is the fact that they stop at 6:40, and then have 5 mins. of silence, and then have a bunch of noise. Overall, though, it's a very well-made track. 9.5/10

Overall, this was a giant leap for Gojira, one that has propelled as one of the more elite prog groups right now.

pinkpork | 4/5 |


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