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Album Review

Rarely ones to work with the most accelerated of timetables to begin with (especially when touring opportunities kept on beckoning) France's Gojira kept fans waiting all of three years between their breakthrough album, From Mars to Sirius, and its all-important successor, The Way of All Flesh. Luckily, by the time it finally emerged in late 2008, Gojira's fourth full-length successfully met most all of the understandably heightened expectations head on, opening strong with a pair of typically syncopated, groove-driven numbers in "Oroborus" and the harmonics-punctuated "Toxic Garbage Island," then repeatedly upping the compositional ante with a string of imaginative progressive headbangers (e.g., "All the Tears," "Wolf Down the Earth," and album-best "The Art of Dying") that were rife with technical fireworks and songwriting variety. Yes, there were also a few failed experiments and indifferent offerings, including instrumental interlude "The Silver Cord" (which barely even registers amidst the surrounding sonic beatings), and the techno effects, jumpy chords, and whiny clean vocals that make the first half of "A Sight to Behold" sound like a bad imitation of hip-hop rockers Cypress Hill (clean vocals are a limiting factor throughout, actually, also contributing to the dull grind of "Vacuity"). But whereas first-time listeners were likely suffering from some serious metal fatigue by the arrival of the 75-minute album's 17-minute title song (give or take a few interruptions and tacked-on "hidden tracks"), devoted Gojira fans were surely grateful to have this much music to digest while beginning the likely long wait for the band's next offering. Until that day comes, The Way of All Flesh provides another fascinating chapter in Gojira's ever more impressive catalog.

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable right from first listen

Takes you on a journey from first riff to odd time changes with actual catchy melodies you can sing along to.

Mind blowing

Gojira are top class in every way. They are stupidly tight, and burn through every song with amazing preccision. Joes vocals are so good on this album. You can feel every word they are delivered with sheer force and power. Mario keeps up his record of being masterful behind his kit and the guitars and bass are very well delivered with nice clever riffs that give the band reason to stand tall above all others. P.s. Love the artwork on gojiras albums if they were to make a book full of there artwork and pictures I would buy it *hint*

BEST ALBUM

my favourite gojira album, amazing

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Bayonne, France

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Taking their name from the original Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla, French heavy metal quartet Gojira have risen from utmost obscurity during the first half of their career to widespread global recognition in the second, including regular mention amongst the genre's leading new millennium upstarts. Originating from the town of Bayonne, on France's southernmost Atlantic Ocean coastline, Gojira recorded the first in a sequence of almost yearly demos in 1996, gradually honing their sound until the...
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