Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh


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Release date: 13 October 2008
Style: Progressive death metal

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01. Oroborus
02. Toxic Garbage Island
03. A Sight To Behold
04. Yama's Messengers
05. The Silver Cord
06. All The Tears
07. Adoration For None
08. The Art Of Dying
09. Esoteric Surgery
10. Vacuity
11. Wolf Down The Earth
12. The Way Of All Flesh

Top 20 albums of 2008: 14

Staff review by
jupitreas
Rating:
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Without a doubt, Gojira is one of those bands that are being talked about a lot in the metal community these days and with good reason. The Frenchmen are taking part in progressively higher profile tours and their albums are achieving respectable notoriety all over the world, something that is made all the more impressive by the fact that the band's music is far from commercial sounding or easy to digest. The Way Of All Flesh, Gojira's latest album is supposed to be the next step in the band's ascent into super-stardom and I can say with a degree of certainty that it will serve this purpose successfully, even if it is not an entirely flawless release.

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published 15.10.2008 | Comments (19)

Guest review by
Necrotica
Rating:
10
I wrote in my review of The Link that every Gojira album has a certain atmosphere and feel to it; while the progressive groove/death formula remains, the vibe is ever changing. Well, with The Way Of All Flesh, it doesn't take too long to realize what vibe Gojira are going for: frigid, tundra-like dread. Frontman Joe Duplantier once said in an interview with Total Guitar magazine that the entire album is the band's reflection on the concept of death and its many facets: the taboo of it, the inevitability of it, and the repercussions of it. And considering how doomy and dark much of the record is musically, there's no doubt that this concept had a huge impact on its writing and recording. From the very beginning, the tightly-coiled melodic guitar tapping of "Oroborus" immediately conjures images that suggest both vitality and despair in equal measure, and that's a pattern that continues throughout. But that's not the only tone "Oroborus" sets for the album... it also sets the tone by being an exceptionally high-quality opener for Gojira's best album.

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published 17.05.2020 | Comments (7)

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12.11.2011 - 23:05
Rating: 9
Regolith
This album changed my perception of metal - for the better.

In my inmost being I was beginning to run dry on music to feed my power-hungry, musical soul....and then this came along.

Gojira have something that is quintessential metal: POWER. Speed and flashiness are cool traits to have in metal but power is the key. There are many passages in this album that are packed with power. 'The Art of Dying' is an amazing song. Great album.
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02.12.2011 - 04:22
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Regolith on 12.11.2011 at 23:05

This album changed my perception of metal - for the better.

In my inmost being I was beginning to run dry on music to feed my power-hungry, musical soul....and then this came along.

Gojira have something that is quintessential metal: POWER. Speed and flashiness are cool traits to have in metal but power is the key. There are many passages in this album that are packed with power. 'The Art of Dying' is an amazing song. Great album.

shit son... thats deep.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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01.03.2012 - 21:06
Rating: 10
Pelagial
The best french band
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31.05.2012 - 23:36
Rating: 10
neiluria
Great music, great cover! I say more?
Perfect!
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20.11.2012 - 02:44
Saiyanity
Great music, Great tracks throughout except for maybe Yama's Messengers which is a bit dull in my opinion. Fantastic album regardless. Wolf Down The Earth is one of my all-time favorite metal tracks, dat brige <3
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29.11.2013 - 07:31
Lit.
Account deleted
Randy Blythe does a damn good job on Adoration For None.
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01.07.2014 - 18:28
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Their albums began losing their identity starting with this one. Occasionally there can be some boring riffs, but most of the album is great.
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16.10.2014 - 01:20
Rating: 8
Kuroboshi
Written by LeKiwi on 01.07.2014 at 18:28

Their albums began losing their identity starting with this one. Occasionally there can be some boring riffs, but most of the album is great.

They've olny released one since, don't you think that is a pretty rash conclusion at this point?
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16.10.2014 - 01:26
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Kuroboshi on 16.10.2014 at 01:20

They've olny released one since, don't you think that is a pretty rash conclusion at this point?

A trend is a trend
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21.08.2015 - 19:28
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
I've consistently been flitting in between this and "From Mars..." to determine which is better, and more to the point which is my favourite Gojira album, and at the moment my mind is sort of swaying to the former record. But that's very slight indeed, because a lot of the moments on The Way of all Flesh are at least on par with, if not sometimes better than its predecessor. It's just that at this point in time, From Mars... to me is slightly more consistent by a song or two. But there's no real difference, as both albums are near flawless in my book. I love that spiritual ambient note which is recurrent as the intro/outro (sometimes halfway through as a backdrop to the instrumentation) to many of the songs here, and the crushing aggression of "Toxic Garbage Island" and the epic closing title track really impress me each and every time. My personal favourite is "All the Tears" however-that song, though one of the shortest on this album, is also the most concise for me.
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