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Album Review

While Gojira's 2000 debut album, Terra Incognita, left many listeners confused about what to make of its schizophrenic combination of extreme metal styles (death, groove, thrash, prog, even metalcore), the French band's second full-length, 2003's The Link, helpfully revealed that this was simply how Gojira "rolled," man. Deal with it, or move on. And so, as it was the first time around, here too, simultaneously intricate and sonically punishing compositions like "Death of Me," "Remembrance," and "Embrace the World" consistently challenged listeners to withstand their dizzying array of Cuisinart-ed styles, presented with a quasi-industrial aesthetic and near-atonal brutality. To enlightened metal heads, such songs will mostly recall Sweden's Meshuggah, minus the distinctive, exotic rhythmic patterns; to neophytes they'll seem like the work of angry machines, grinding along eternally in a post-humanity future. But the aforementioned versatility was also reflected in a few brief, gear-shifting interludes ("Connected," "Torii," "Wisdom Comes"), slower songs augmented by evanescent melodies and white noise sound effects (the title track, "Dawn"), and a pair of unusually concise and less oppressive "singles" in "Indians" and "Over the Flows." All in all, there was just enough variety and discernible human emotion on hand to broaden Gojira's creative reach; though not yet as much as the band would develop on subsequent albums, beginning with the eye-opening leap forward of 2005's From Mars to Sirius.

Customer Reviews

What Are You Talking About?!!

Anyone giving this a low rating is clueless. Great precursor to From Mars To Sirius. Intricate and technical metal without losing it's edge or it's groove. Amazing live band as well. Can't wait for the new album.

just as good as all their albums

Everyone giving this album a bad score for reasons like the recording quality or the clean lyrics being a problem is really missing the point. First of all this album has no swearing in it anyways so i don't kno why they called it "clean". I'm pleasantly surprised to see this album on itunes. There are two more albums missing from these guys tho. COME ON THIS IS CLASSIC GOJIRA. The way it is SUPPOSED to sound!

amazing album

this is really some of Gojira's best work. Although I would have to say everything they have done continues to amaze me, i realy like this album. my favorite song off it is Rememberance, for those of you who like brutal, confusing breakdowns that is your song. but the one thing i dont get is why the album is marked clean...i read a couple comments about people complaining about it, but i read through all of Gojira's lyrics and they have not even used a curse word in any song, off any album. this album was not explicit in the first place, so if that is your deciding factor, don't let it stop you.


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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