Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Initial Impressions: Gojira: L'Enfant Sauvage
I was a big fan of Gojira's album From Mars to Sirius, but for some reason I just never checked out The Way of All Flesh. I have no idea why that is. I never heard anything that dissuaded me from checking it out. I certainly liked the band previously. I guess I just missed it. Well that did not happen again. I have been eagerly anticipating Gojira's fifth album this year and picked it up just as soon as I saw it. I am very late in getting this review up mostly due to being busy this summer.
I am very glad I did, because this album is phenomenal. I honestly think it is a contender for my Album of the Year.
Gojira still do what they have always done so well. They are monolithically heavy with bass-driven riffs and harshly shouted vocals. Gojira is a very rhythmic band. Many of the guitar riffs are almost percussive in sound. There is not usually a lot of melody, though that is not to say that there is none to be found. More than anything, Gojira just beats their listeners into submission with a constant wall of riffs.
Gojira is a little more bleak this time around. On past albums there has always been a brightness shining through their music. Sort of a ray of sunshine. This time, the band is as depressive as possible. Gojira has always been known for their environmentally-conscious lyrics. This time it is as if the band has given up. The world is coming to an end in the eyes of Gojira.
This is a terrific album, but it's definitely not uplifting in any way, shape, or form. Best to listen to this on a cloudy day.