GOJIRA
Death Metal / Progressive Metal • France

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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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.. Album Cover 3.06 | 13 ratings
Terra Incognita
Death Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.24 | 13 ratings
The Link
Death Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.72 | 32 ratings
From Mars to Sirius
Death Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 34 ratings
The Way of All Flesh
Death Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 19 ratings
L'Enfant Sauvage
Death Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 3.87 | 6 ratings
Magma
Progressive Metal 2016

GOJIRA EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maciste All Inferno
Death Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Gojira/Kvelertak Live
Death Metal 2013

GOJIRA live albums

.. Album Cover 4.02 | 2 ratings
The Link Alive
Death Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Enfants sauvages
Death Metal 2014

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

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

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

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GOJIRA Magma

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.

GOJIRA The Way of All Flesh

Album · 2008 · Death Metal
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Gojira's The Way of All Flesh is an interesting experiment in producing progressive death metal. It is not an exercise in technical complexity to such an extent that you'd call it technical death metal; rather, it works in some prog metal and prog rock song structures and compositional approaches and motifs into the tunes here. Keeping the emphasis on high-quality compositions rather than technical showboating ensures that, despite being a 75 minute album, it never really drags, with the end result being a release which both brings the death metal thunder and uses it carefully and artfully for maximal effect. Great stuff.

GOJIRA Magma

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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Necrotica
If Gojira’s last effort L’Enfant Sauvage presented a more streamlined sound, Magma is the next step in stripping it down. Abandoning the technical death metal sound that got them popular in the metal world might seem like a betrayal to some, but I’ve always seen Gojira as more of a progressive metal band anyway. They’ve often eschewed the modern tech-death tag in favor of a sound that, while brutal, is heavily textured and dripping with atmosphere all the same. Gojira’s way of combining beautiful textures, chunky riffs, and impressive instrumental skills is simply infectious, especially in albums like The Way of All Flesh and The Link. But Magma is a bit of a different beast, as it opts for an alarmingly simple approach to their signature sound. The groove metal element is still retained, but there’s almost a post-metal quality about the way the album is presented. We now have much more buildup and subtle dynamic shifts in many of the tunes, and this is clear right from the slow-burning opener “Shooting Star,” a song which immediately brings a sense of minimalism to the forefront. During the verses, a single guitar/bass note is repeatedly being played at the bottom while Joe Duplantier’s clear vocals take charge above it. While “Silvera” picks up the pace substantially with Mario Duplantier’s technical drumming and swifter guitar chugs, “Shooting Star” is a clear foreshadowing of the album’s tone. Speaking of vocals, Joe’s clean vocals are much more prominent. Harsh singing is still present, but it’s more thrash-based in nature instead of being gravelly; basically Joe’s shouted vocals are especially frequent. In any case, it’s not like Gojira’s technical side has been entirely erased here, as moments like the punchy-yet-melodic “Silvera” or the amazingly intricate polyrhythmic intro of “The Cell” demonstrate.

But strange moments do pop up more than once as a result of the band’s stylistic shift. The somber instrumental piece “Yellow Stone” is certainly in character for the band, given how their melancholic guitar-driven interlude “The Silver Cord” from The Way of All Flesh sounded. But it still seems completely crazy that they would place an acoustic ambient/folk song at the very end of the album, especially one that lasts for as long as it does (almost 4 minutes, in this case). But “Liberation” does represent this album’s experimentation nicely, and the preceding track “Low Lands” is another odd song that emphasizes a doom-laden atmosphere and somber melodies over outright heaviness. If there are any songs here that represent Gojira’s more traditional sound from past albums, they would be “Silvera,” “Stranded,” and “Only Pain.” Here, you get to hear all the intense double-bass drumming, heavy guitar distortion from Duplantier and Christian Andreu, and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie’s monstrous grooves. This is most notably heard on the fantastic chorus of “Stranded” which subtly slides into a 6/4-time riff while Joe Duplantier belts out some of his most intense harsh vocals yet. But I feel as though the more adventurous songs are also the most exciting ones; they may seem simplistic at first, but despite (and partially because of) their minimalism, they command the listener’s full attention through their subtleties. It would also be sensible to mention the event that likely influenced much of this album’s tone and style: the tragic loss of Joe and Mario Duplantier’s mother, Patricia Rosa. So the somber and downbeat vibe of Magma would certainly make sense because of this as well. While I don’t think this is Gojira’s best record, and it definitely seems like a transitional one, it’s an incredibly exciting one at the same time. It can be tonally inconsistent once in a while, but the unusual experiments and minimalist songwriting choices definitely stick out in a genre filled with technical wizardry and complexity. Magma may be from a different Gojira than we’re used to, but it’s still an excellent piece of work.

GOJIRA Terra Incognita

Album · 2001 · Death Metal
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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.

(Originally published on Sputnikmusic)

GOJIRA The Way of All Flesh

Album · 2008 · Death Metal
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Best Gojira album

Stronger songwriting than The Link but more consistent and immediate than From Mars To Sirius. The Way of All Flesh contains some of the highest points Gojira has ever recorded. There are some great songs, a few good ones and a couple mediocre ones (by their standards). It is progressive death metal, but their sound is completely their own and unlike anything else in the genre. This album will be an instant winner among genre fans, and has that "it" factor that will keep even the non-metal fans intrigued. There is just something so fresh about this album that makes it insanely re-playable. The lyrics are passionate and intelligent - something I truly love about it. It's Gojira at their finest. Great for headbanging, great for contemplation, great for blasting through you car's stereo, great for anyone who appreciated good music.

Oroborous - 4

Toxic Garbage Island - 4.5 (best riff on the album)

A Sight To Behold - 5 (an atypical gojira song, but fabulous - do not miss)

Yama's Messengers - 3.5

Adoration For None - 3 (weakest song on album)

All The Tears - 4

The Art of Dying - 4.5 (an 8-minute epic, dem drums)

Esoteric Surgery - 4.5

Vacuity - 4.5 (catchy)

Wolf Down The Earth - 4

The Way of all Flesh - 3.5

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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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