Well its Gojira’s new album. Yea, GOJIRA’s NEW ALBUM. Okay enough said. Show’s over. Go home. Wait wait! Let’s talk about this new album. Its almost autumn and if you are here with me then I suppose you are in a desperate need of a good metal album. Aren’t you? Hang with me for 2 more minutes and you will get your martini.
Usually I don’t find French metal bands appealing. But when I heard Gojira for the first time, I was balled over. I still remember the day when I heard Gojira’s “global warming” from the album “From Mars To Sirius”. That killed me. That starting guitar riff. God, I was floored. If you haven’t heard this track yet, stop whatever you are doing, listen global warming, then come back. It was “From Mars to Sirius” in 2005 and “The Way of All Flesh” in 2008 which made Gojira to come into metal picture. And since then, Gojira has consistently received praise from both critics and fans and now that they are getting global recognition, getting what they deserve, makes me feel more happy.
After a long tour of three years for their chaotic album “The Way of All Flesh,” Gojira returns with a great new album, as intense as its predecessor, their debut album on Roadrunner Records, titled ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’. “When you become a musician, you don’t have a boss telling you what to do so you have to be very responsible,” said Joe Duplantier, singer/guitarist/songwriter of Gojira, exuviating a little light on the title and its meaning. “With freedom comes responsibility, so I’m asking myself, ‘What is freedom? What does it mean to me?’ ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ reflects on that. There’s no answer though. There’s just life and questions.” Lyrically, this is what the album is all about.
Vocally, Gojira hasn’t lost anything. Joe is a bit more melodic this time. And emotions in his voice are still the same. Some say he has a robotic kind of voice but I feel his singing became a little better. A bit more human this time. Personally, I always like joe’s voice and it perfectly fits into their sound.
The first single of the album, the title track ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ was released on this 27th April. In this, Joe describes his relation with society, indulging power with emotions. I heard it the day it was released. Mario Duplantier’s drums at the start. They knocked me out. I mean they will immediately hit you. Because they are for real. Mario is a much underrated artist but he is a great drummer in the metal world. Then on 4th june they released their 2nd single of the album, titled ‘liquid fire’. Catchy guitar riffs. Lyrically awesome: “The second I was born I found a shelter deep in my own. I ventured further out on the edge of the glacier. This is how we talk to the world”. Finally, album released on 26th of June. Here is the track by track album brushup:
Explosia. Bloody Explosion! Awesome track to start off an album. A pretty long track for your vein prolusion. Total chaos.
Axe. Starts with astounding guitar riffs. “I’ve been a victim to the blade against myself. Bloodletting all of my soul”. “All ghosts dwelling in, inside, in the heart I see them all, release their shadow”. Basically ‘Axing’ your suck-up life.
The Wild Healer. This, in the middle of the album, very much different than other tracks, inducing repetitive guitar riff, with some flirting in between, creates a full atmosphere of the track.
Planned Obsolescence. Very thrashy at start. But in the middle of the track somewhere, becomes completely different from what it had begun with, open and screamy at the same time.
Mouth of Kala. Describing river of time, which goes so fast, changing over and over, terrorizing youth and humanity. The music is awesome too, rightfully portraying the terror.
Gift Of Guilt. Guilt is filled with every aspect of the society. Either you can die with shame or sorrow or cause devastation with your power. Musically, it’s the proper ‘Gojira’ version of The Wild Healer.
Pain is a Master. Plainly, it has Pain, Life, Survival. Slow intro, which apparently goes heavy afterwards. Manifestly experimental music throughout.
Born in Winter. Nice, calm, post-rock type music with toppings of Joe’s melodic voice [Yea there is ‘Gojira’ in between but just for a while 😉 ].
The Fall. Well, to keep it simple, the album started with a chaos and ends with chaos with some romancing in between :D.
Overall, the album is a masterwork. I expected much from this album and it has over-lived up to my expectations. It is rare to find an album so drove, yet so darling. I hope your martini tasted good! 😉