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Gojira is a progressive death metal band from Bayonne, France. Their lyrics focus on life, ecology, and spiritual themes. They were formed in 1996 by brothers Joe Duplantier (vocals and lead guitar) and Mario Duplantier (drums), Christian Andreu (guitar) and Jean-Michel Labadie (bass guitar).

They had initially named their group Godzilla, but due to legal constraints had to change their name. They therefore chose to re-name their band Gojira - the original Japanese version of their name (in Japanese Gojira means gorilla-whale or gorilla the size of a whale). Some of the content of their music is focused on the ecological effects of human activity on the Earth.

Joe and Mario Duplantier also play in an experimental metal band called Empalot. In 2007 Joe also became the bass player for former Sepultura members Max and Igor's project, Cavalera Conspiracy.

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GOJIRA Discography

GOJIRA albums / top albums

GOJIRA Terra Incognita album cover 3.44 | 17 ratings
Terra Incognita
Death Metal 2001
GOJIRA The Link album cover 3.64 | 17 ratings
The Link
Death Metal 2003
GOJIRA From Mars to Sirius album cover 3.77 | 39 ratings
From Mars to Sirius
Death Metal 2005
GOJIRA The Way of All Flesh album cover 4.04 | 38 ratings
The Way of All Flesh
Death Metal 2008
GOJIRA L'Enfant Sauvage album cover 3.72 | 22 ratings
L'Enfant Sauvage
Death Metal 2012
GOJIRA Magma album cover 4.03 | 12 ratings
Progressive Metal 2016

GOJIRA EPs & splits

GOJIRA Maciste All Inferno album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maciste All Inferno
Death Metal 2003
GOJIRA Gojira/Kvelertak Live album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Gojira/Kvelertak Live
Death Metal 2013

GOJIRA live albums

GOJIRA The Link Alive album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
The Link Alive
Death Metal 2005
GOJIRA Les Enfants sauvages album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Les Enfants sauvages
Death Metal 2014

GOJIRA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

GOJIRA Victim album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 1996
GOJIRA Possessed album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Death Metal 1997
GOJIRA Saturate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 1999
GOJIRA Wisdom Comes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wisdom Comes
Death Metal 2000
GOJIRA All The Tears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All The Tears
Death Metal 2008
GOJIRA Vacuity & A Sight To Behold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vacuity & A Sight To Behold
Death Metal 2008
GOJIRA L'Enfant sauvage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
L'Enfant sauvage
Death Metal 2012
GOJIRA L'Enfant Sauvage Tour - Live In Europe 2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
L'Enfant Sauvage Tour - Live In Europe 2012
Death Metal 2012
GOJIRA Explosia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 2012
GOJIRA Live At The Studio At Webster Hall, NYC 8/14/12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Studio At Webster Hall, NYC 8/14/12
Death Metal 2012
GOJIRA 2014 Tour Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2014 Tour Sampler
Death Metal 2014
GOJIRA Silvera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 2016
GOJIRA Stranded album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 2016

GOJIRA re-issues & compilations

GOJIRA singles (4)

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Death Metal 2003
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End of Time
Death Metal 2011
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Of Blood and Salt
Death Metal 2011
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Another World
Progressive Metal 2020

GOJIRA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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The Link Alive
Death Metal 2004
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The Flesh Alive
Death Metal 2012

GOJIRA Reviews


Album · 2003 · Death Metal
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"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. It´s 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, it´s 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 hadn´t 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 it´s 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.

GOJIRA The Way of All Flesh

Album · 2008 · Death Metal
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"The Way of All Flesh" is the 4th full-length studio album by French metal act Gojira. The album was released through Listenable Records/Prosthetic Records in October 2008. It´s the successor to "From Mars to Sirius" from 2005, which was the album, which gave Gojira their international (metal scene) breakthrough. "The Way of All Flesh" was predominantly recorded at the band´s own home studio Studio des Milans with lead vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier acting as producer. The drums were recorded at Undercity Recordings in Los Angeles and engineered by former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader.

The musical direction hasn´t changed that much since "From Mars to Sirius (2005)". It´s still crushingly heavy, angular, and relatively complex and technically well played progressive metal featuring powerful, raw, and aggressive yet occasionally melodic tinged singing. The pace varies both within tracks and between tracks so the album features everything from slow to really fast-paced parts. The music is mostly mid-paced and heavy though. The tracks, while generally featuring relatively accessible vers/chorus structures, do often go beyond that format to explore more adventurous song formulas, which is part of the reason why this music can be labelled progressive.

The material are well written and the album is consistent in quality and style, which makes it hard to pick standout tracks. I´d mention tracks like the opener "Oroborus", the brutal "Adoration for None", the catchy "Esoteric Surgery", and the 9:54 minutes long "The Art of Dying" as some of the highlights, but I could have picked just about any track off the album as the quality is high throughout. The music is played with great technical skill and Gojira seamlessly combine elements from death metal, thrash/groove metal, and progressive metal to create a sound that is their own.

"The Way of All Flesh" features an intense, powerful, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. If he hadn´t opted to become a musician, Duplantier could easily have landed the job as professional producer/engineer (he is a bit of a multi-artist, as he is also credited for creating the cover artwork for the album). So upon conclusion "The Way of All Flesh" is a great follow-up album to the much praised "From Mars to Sirius (2005)". It´s also a bit "safe" though, as it sounds a lot like "From Mars to Sirius (2005)" number 2, but there are differences, and it would be wrong to say that Gojira haven´t evolved in the three years between the two albums. "The Way of All Flesh" is sligthy more catchy and the tracks are generally a bit more memorable than the tracks featured on the predecessor, but it´s little details really. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

GOJIRA From Mars to Sirius

Album · 2005 · Death Metal
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"From Mars to Sirius" is the 3rd full-length studio album by French progressive death/thrash metal act Gojira. The album was released through Listenable/Prosthetic Records in September 2005. It´s the successor to "The Link" from 2003. While "The Link (2003)" had already made the world well aware of who Gojira were, "From Mars to Sirius" further helped raise the band´s profile on the metal scene. They took the successful formula of the predecessor and expanded upon it. When listening to the stylistic development between the first three Gojira albums, it´s obvious the band were going through a fast moving development process and "From Mars to Sirius" was the culmination of the early stage of the band´s career. The next upward step to greatness and success.

Stylistically the music on "From Mars to Sirius" is technically well played and progressive death/thrash metal. The main vocal style is raw shouting/semi-growling, but there are sections featuring clean vocals on the album too. The music is rooted in the groove laden part of the thrash metal movement of the 90s and artists like Sepultura, (early) Meshuggah, and Machine Head, but there are some death metal traits in the music too. Considering all the heavy and sharp riffs and rhythms featured on the album, "From Mars to Sirius" is actually a very atmospheric release though. There´s often a melancholic "the world will go down the drain if we don´t do something to stop the environmental issues and world conflicts" type atmosphere present, and I´m reminded of an artist like Killing Joke. So the various elements which make up the whole, aren´t necessarily that original, but the way the elements are combined and the tracks are constructed, provide Gojira with a relatively unique sound.

Highlights include tracks like "Backbone", "Where Dragons Fall", "The Heaviest Matter of the Universe", and "To Sirius", but "From Mars to Sirius" is a highly consistent release. It´s both a positive and a negative, but more about that in the conclusion below.

The musicianship is on a high level on all posts. Gojira are obviously very skilled, but they are also passionate about delivering their music and that´s audible too. "From Mars to Sirius" features a powerful, detailed, and well sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion it´s a high quality release by Gojira. Featuring 12 tracks and a full playing time of 66:58 minutes it outstays its welcome a bit and a few tracks could have been left off the album and it would most likely have been a little more concise and "sharp", but as it is, it´s still a great quality release and the extra minutes of playing time is a minor issue. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

GOJIRA Terra Incognita

Album · 2001 · Death Metal
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After spending the latter half of the 90s beginning with their formation as Godzilla, this band from Bordeaux, France changed their name to the Japanese romaji pronunciation of Godzilla which became GOJIRA just before the release of their debut album TERRA INCOGNITA (Latin for “unknown land”) in 2001. While the band was founded by brothers Joe (vocals, guitars) and Mario Duplantier (drums) along with Christian Andrea (lead guitarist) and Alexandre Cornilon (bass), Cornion would be replaced by Jean-Michel Labadie before the first album which has been the same lineup to the present day. While these guys began their journey as a rather run-of-the-mill death metal band with some groove and alternative elements, around the turn of the millennium the floodgates opened and they began adding more progressive and experimental elements to the mix and by the time they debuted their first album, they had acquired a rather unique style in the crowded world of extreme metal.

While still Godzilla, the band cranked out several demos that clearly showed their ties to the thrash metal world of early Metallica, the groove metal world of Pantera and the early thrash likings of Slayer and Sepultura. Somewhere around the time of the name change to GOJIRA though, something happened with the addition of Labadie and the band found an effectively unique chemistry which allowed them to hone their craft rather quickly. TERRA INCOGNITA expands beyond the Morbid Angel death metal with thrash and groove elements and adds alternative, some industrial and even enters progressive metal territory although on this debut they would not be fully ripe in that department for a couple more albums. Despite the lack thereof in comparison to future releases however there are many signs of unorthodox compositional constructs, interesting time signature changes and playful polyrhythms laced with tempo shifts and unexpected deviations from the norm.

While later more progressive albums such as “From Mars To Sirius” embark on highly progressive workouts wrapped up in a cloak of conceptual storytelling, TERRA INCOGNITA is more of a collection of extreme art metal tracks that are often stylistically unrelated but nevertheless provide glimpses into the expanding progressive tentacles reaching out in myriad directions. Tracks vary in style and approach but crunchy alternative metal riffing in tandem with death metal blastbeat drum abuse is a common strategy for eking out the extreme aggressive fury that GOJIRA so deftly crafts into metal magic none of which is absent on album number one. TERRA INCOGNITA is laced with addictive guitar riffs that are repetitive in nature but vary distinctly from one track with some being bantering bass lines and others registering high in the upper treble range. The bass often provides a groovy counterpoint to the guitar riffing and Mario Duplantier’s drumming skills are of the highest magnitude as he attacks the skins in a multitude of playing styles ranging from the straight forward metal beat to full-fledged jazz infused technical workouts.

While Joe Duplantier’s vocals typically are utilized in the growly death metal style, he occasionally contrasts with clean vocals as well as semi-spoken segments. I seem to be on the opposite side of the fence than most regarding GOJIRA’s under appreciated debut release TERRA INCOGNITA. True that it is not as sophisticated as the more illustrious masterpieces that would follow but taken on its own, this is one extremely tight unit of one brilliant track after another. There is a more freeform “anything goes” approach to TERRA INCOGNITA. There is the instrumental workout on “04” which takes a siesta away from the death metal brutality and creates a counterpoint workout on strings (as well as other ambient breaks), there is the Korn-esque nu metal sound heard on “Blow Me Away You(NIVERSE)” as well the strange hypno-space trance interlude of “5988 Trillions De Tonnes.” Also on board is the strange alternative / thrash riffing hybridization of “Space Time” and bizarre guitar licks that begin tracks such as “On The B.O.T.A.” GOJIRA really knew how to mix and match various metal elements that leave you wondering exactly what’s going on. While this is death metal at its core, it is so much more varied than the average band in the genre. Perhaps too weird for the uninitiated but if you approach this more as extreme death art metal than you would be on the right track. I find this one to be underrated and misunderstood. Excellent debut by this one of a kind band from France! I really love listening to this one.


Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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"Magma" is the 6th full-length studio album by French progressive/groove metal act Gojira. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in June 2016. It´s been four years since the release of "L'Enfant Sauvage (2012)", but it´s not an unusual release cycle for Gojira as there were also four years between "The Way of All Flesh (2008)" and "L'Enfant Sauvage (2012)". They have always been a meticulous act, who would rather spend a few more years perfecting their material rather than release an album a year they aren´t completely satisfied with.

Stylistically there have been a few changes since "L'Enfant Sauvage (2012)", although Gojira´s trademark progressive/groove metal style is overall intact. This time around lead vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier experiments quite a bit with clean vocals in addition to his more regular raw vocals, and that is pretty new in Gojira´s musical universe, and it has a great impact on the band´s sound on "Magma". The tracks are also generally a bit more simple and atmospheric compared to the more riff heavy and often relatively complex structured material of the past.

The change is heard right from the opening track "The Shooting Star", which is quite an atmospheric slow building track featuring clean vocals. "Silvera" follows and is a much more riff heavy and aggressive track though (the main riff is absolutely killer), so it´s not all mellow and melancholic atmospheres. Even the more heavy tracks like "Silvera" and "Only Pain", feature a good portion of atmospheric parts though. Other noteworthy tracks include "Stranded", which features quite the distinct sounding pitchshifter riff ("Only Pain" actually features a very similar sounding riff), and the atmospheric title track, but "Magma" is generally a consistent high quality release.

"Magma" features a powerful and detailed sound production, which suits the material well, and upon conclusion, it´s another intriguing and adventurous release by Gojira. Compared to the preceding releases by the band, it´s a lot more accessible and instantly catchy, and I think that´ll win them a new audience, but don´t make the mistake of thinking this is mainstream hook laden material, because that´s after all not true. There´s still a good degree of complexity in the songwriting and execution of the music, which should ensure that older fans of the band, should be able to enjoy it too. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Because it´s not really neither and a discussion led to us moving them back to thrash.
Wilytank wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Wait, why is it thrash metal then?
graphix wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Moved to Death Metal. Thanks for having reported.
NorseGangsta wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I would suggest posting Gojira under death metal.


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