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Gojira

Gojira: From Mars to SiriusFrom Mars to Sirius (2006)
Prosthetic Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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France is not well known for her metal. That could change if Prosthetic Records has any say. The U.S. label that brought us Red Chord and Lamb of God saw fit to release long-running French metal titans Gojira's latest opus. Such a move could prove quite the boon for U.S./France metal relations, or a.
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France is not well known for her metal. That could change if Prosthetic Records has any say. The U.S. label that brought us Red Chord and Lamb of God saw fit to release long-running French metal titans Gojira's latest opus. Such a move could prove quite the boon for U.S./France metal relations, or at least bolster Gojira's career. With over a decade of existence, they've proved their mettle/metal with two prior albums. Both garnered lavish critical praise and sowed the seeds for the band's flowering following across Europe.

Now it's time for the band to prove themselves on our shores, and as we know, it isn't easy to persevere around here. From Mars to Sirius explodes upon hitting play with the immense "Ocean Planet." Cooing sounds begin, perhaps the mating calls of whales or dolphins or some other sea-faring creature. This is quashed by a walloping riff and careening drums. It's off time in that mechanical Meshuggah way, with a delicious guitar squeal like that of a stuck pig. The vocals arrive triumphantly like a Viking of yore traipsing upon and pillaging faraway lands and peoples. They roar in a keenly Neurosis fashion, yet it still sounds distinct. Throughout the song, the tempos shift and sway, as if the tune was a vessel lost on a stormy sea. Yet the band never lets up, hitting home hammering riffs layered atop lurching beats. It's a tremendous opener.

"Backbone" continues the crunching majesty of Gojira. They play it a bit more routine in a Machinehead mode. The opening riff is chugged beautifully. This crashes into speed-of-light drummed parts. Again, the music evokes images of medieval warriors stampeding in some pastoral setting, legions of men pounding into one another. Hints of a tamer Strapping Young Lad can be detected, though again, Gojira manage to manufacture a uniquely Gojiran twist on the form.

Just when it seems like the metal album of the year, the rest of the songs play on. And they keep playing on. Nothing holds a candle to the blaze of the first two burners. Gojira fails to infuse a healthy chunk of the album with any definable hooks. There's nothing to grasp onto. Instead we're caught sliding into a quagmire of repetitive, hulking chords and shouted vocals.

It's the bane of both ends of the metal spectrum. The crazed, three-dozen-riffs-to-a-song bands lack any hint of cohesion, while the stoner rocking bands bow at the altar of Sunn O))) and just bore the fuck out of us lesser weed-minded individuals. Gojira dip their toes in the waters of both, and prove they can crank out their own satisfyingly brutal hybrid when they want to. The band also deserves credit for the save-the-environment theme of the lyrics (which has always been their cause). Let's hope Gojira catch on around here and inject much-needed consciousness in the meathead metal scene.

 

 
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Kursk (December 11, 2006)

i said "Flying Whales" below and I meant the next song "In the Wilderness" but Flying Whales is awesome too as is the entire album.

Kursk (December 11, 2006)

My friend gave me a copy of this last week and it is an incredible album. Definitely one of the best of the year. It flows very well from start to finish and the band from what i can tell enjoys playing heavy music, not breakdowns which is always a good thing. Listen to the song "Flying Whales" and you'll get the idea, fucking epic and heavy as hell.

Anonymous (October 13, 2006)

This is absolutely the best album I have heard in years.

Don't believe the nonsense in the review about the first songs being the only decent ones.

Heaviest matter in the universe and Global Warming are both incredible tracks, just to name two.

There are no weak songs on here - not sure it fits under punk though!

Ianw (October 1, 2006)

I have only heard a couple sogs off of this, but it sounds rightious. very Meshuggah.

Anonymous (October 1, 2006)

I like how they spread the "title track" across 2 songs at the end. The opening sound does sound fucking huge, I love this.

Anonymous (October 1, 2006)

i haven't heard these guys, but that is a kick ass bandname

Gojira is the direct translation of the character "Godzilla."

To make it clear- if you say "godzilla" in Japan, people might know what you are talking about, but probably wont. If you say "Gojira," they will know exactly what your are talking about.

Then they'll probably be pissed off that Gojira is all you know about their culture.

SilentStorms (October 1, 2006)

Holy crap, I just listened to these guys and they are actually pretty sick. Sounds kinda like Examination of the... and Back When. Wicked.

SilentStorms (October 1, 2006)

Isn't Casey Boland in Hot Cross? Or is the name a deceptive one?

ejkier (September 29, 2006)

Prosthetic had nothing to do with The Red Chord. Robotic Empire released "Fused Together In Revolving Doors."

Sorry, I had to clear that one up.

I like what I hear of this band though.

sirens (September 29, 2006)

hey Brendan Kelly, I care.

mikeinflames (September 29, 2006)

to the guy below me ... because you touch children

Anonymous (September 29, 2006)

arent we supposed to be on "punk" news.org ? so why do we have to see such horrible metal stuff around here.

maverick (September 29, 2006)

This CD rules. Totally brutal.

-Scott

NoControl (September 29, 2006)

score is for the album cover.

BrendanKelly (September 29, 2006)

noone cares

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