Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage



8.3 | 595 votes |
Release date: 22 June 2012
Style: Progressive death metal

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Disc I
01. Explosia
02. L'Enfant Sauvage
03. The Axe
04. Liquid Fire
05. The Wild Healer
06. Planned Obsolescence
07. Mouth Of Kala
08. The Gift Of Guilt
09. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall
12. This Emptiness [Special edition bonus]
13. My Last Creation [Special edition bonus]

Disc II [DVD: Live At Les Eurockéennes 2009] [Special edition bonus]
01. Oroborus
02. The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe
03. Backbone
04. Love
05. A Sight To Behold
06. The Art Of Dying
07. Drum Solo
08. Clone
09. Flying Whales
10. Toxic Garbage Island
11. Vacuity

The best Alternative Metal album of 2012

Line-up
Joe Duplantier - guitars, vocals
Christian Andreu - guitars
Mario Duplantier - drums
Jean-Michel Labadie - bass

Additional info
Produced by Josh Wilbur and Joseph Duplantier.
Engineered by Josh Wilbur and Paul Suarez.
Mixed by Josh Wilbur.
Recorded and mixed at Spin Studios, Long Island City, NY.
Mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.
Artwork by Joseph Duplantier.

Guest review by
s7mon
Rating:
5.8
Gojira have marked their position on the map of great metal bands with two records: 2005's From Mars to Sirius and 2008's The Way of All Flesh. I consider myself a huge fan of the French commando and these two albums are among my all-time favorites. So you can imagine that my expectations were incredibly high and I expected something absolutely out of this world with Gojira's fifth full-length. And probably this is one of the reasons I found this album to be just…decent.

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published 08.12.2012 | Comments (6)

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
7.7
This album is essentially Gojira in a box, one which is tightly and neatly packaged for your convenience. There is little room for maneuvering yet it has sides strong enough to withstand the onslaught of chugging riff savagery contained within. Where previous albums such as From Mars To Sirius were more sprawling affairs this is by far more concise in sound. It is a precise taming of that ear denting chaos the band has exhibited in previous efforts.

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published 10.12.2012 | Comments (29)

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16.07.2012 - 05:55
Mattybu
Written by Ace Frawley on 14.07.2012 at 03:22

I'm glad you mentioned the Meshuggah similarity, because I felt that too.


Yeah, I agree. Felt some serious poor man's Meshuggah happening on this one.

Just feels so weak compared to From Mars to Sirius.
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17.07.2012 - 14:35
Metalex
Excellent album remind me a lot of from mars to sirus \m/ cheers!
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25.07.2012 - 23:41
Rating: 8
blackend
I'm not too much into this kind of metal, but this is just absolutely fantastic!
I can't really explain why, but everything fits perfectly to me instrumentaly.
Make sure to check my key song from that album Liquid Fire.
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01.08.2012 - 22:28
John Shock
I think this is too overrated for an 8.4...this is nothing special at all! Really mediocre album...i don't get most of those ideas on the album! Maybe the problem was me...i did very much hype and got super-high expetations before this was released...if i we're to vote, which i will not, it could be 5/6 ...
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11.08.2012 - 21:16
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Definitely a good album, still trying to figure out if it's great or not. A couple more listens and I will know, hopefully. But I'm enjoying what I hear it so far.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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20.08.2012 - 20:00
Rating: 6
bloodwrage
Pagan Angel
I have no idea why people like this album, it slides right off me. Even after I've listened to it all the way through four times, I can only remember a few memorable parts that weren't crap.
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02.09.2012 - 14:38
John Shock
Written by bloodwrage on 20.08.2012 at 20:00

I have no idea why people like this album, it slides right off me. Even after I've listened to it all the way through four times, I can only remember a few memorable parts that weren't crap.

I'm in the same situation that you are, but for me, i prefer to say that even with the few good moments, i have to say....i hate the album, and i looooove Gojira past stuff, they rule, but this is a face full of shame, fuck! :\
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02.09.2012 - 22:28
BlueMobius
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I'm giving this a 6. In a sonic sense, it's not all that bad. I didn't really cringe or anything listening to this. The thing that really bothered me about this album (disclaimer: this is my first exposure to Gojira) was that it seemed like a one trick pony. There was too much chugga chugga chugga then strum the harmonic 10 times on a lot of the songs. Also, it seemed like they had some really epic parts that they just killed. Take "The Gift of Guilt" for example. That song starts out soo good, then they go into that awful riff where the singer comes in and it just kills the build up of that song's intro. Like I said, not an bad album, just could have been a lot better.
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10.10.2012 - 20:52
Rating: 7
Regolith
Personaly I think The Way of all Flesh is their best album, and so far I'd rather listen to this than Mars to Sirus. Not joking here but my favorite track is The Wild Healer. Seriously, love the major feel and the drums. Next to that tracks 1 and 7. Overall I expected more neck-breakage.
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02.01.2013 - 14:28
Rating: 8
Ajay Singh
How many of you found 'Mouth of Kala' little similar to Ghost Brigade's 'Divine Act Of Lunacy'.... Listen both again,... something similar you will find.... Love both tunes...
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29.01.2013 - 23:49
Rating: 7
_deepblack
Very nice album yet i think the 2005 album is the best
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08.02.2013 - 01:22
Rating: 8
Sepulnation
I really love this band, nut IMO it's just more of the same. no creativity, no feeling...
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fuck shit up!
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28.05.2013 - 15:39
Illog1cal
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There is a distinguishable difference between this and previous efforts. A much stronger focus on vocal performance and overall feeling rather than including a variation of parts in songs to create impact like they did in 'The Way Of All Flesh', this album is perhaps more akin to 'From Mars To Sirius'. The songs are simpler and it also comes off as their most gentle album, there is little aggression to be found, with less angry riffs and complex guitar + drum attacks which was significant in 'From Mars To Sirius' and 'The Way Of All Flesh'. This album is probably not for everybody, not even some Gojira fans, but for me it was an intriguing journey.
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16.03.2014 - 18:21
NorthernDickhead
Written by Mattybu on 06.07.2012 at 01:15

Written by garface666 on 04.07.2012 at 23:04

*Description of why album isn't good* Maybe I'm getting old...



How this has an 8.4 average rating, I don't know.

coz Progressive/Melodic Death Metal
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Olen täys idiootti jätkä.
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17.03.2014 - 08:00
Mattybu
Written by NorthernDickhead on 16.03.2014 at 18:21

Written by Mattybu on 06.07.2012 at 01:15

How this has an 8.4 average rating, I don't know.

coz Progressive/Melodic Death Metal


Wow, different times... I think 2012 me put a little too much emphasis on what other people rated things I still think the album is a pile of rubbish, mind you. And From Mars to Sirius as well which I seemed to be jocking back then... guess I have had a falling out with Gojira in general cause I really don't like any of their stuff anymore
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18.03.2014 - 17:59
Mattybu
Written by deadone on 18.03.2014 at 01:41

*Iron Test - listen to music whilst ironing clothes. For some reason it's where music really clicks with me or not. I think it's cause ironing is mindless so I can focus on the music whilst my hands are occuppied with the ironing.


Funny you mention that because a lot of the time I give albums a sort of similar test and listen to albums while washing the dishes. I have a very low attention span and it's difficult for me to even just sit and listen to even my favourite albums start to finish sometimes so occupying myself in a way that doesn't use too much brainpower helps absorb it all in.

To be totally honest if I put Gojira on I would be getting more focused on the dishes than the music...
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21.06.2014 - 13:15
Rating: 5
Ilham
Giant robot
I think they go lost on the journey back from Sirius. This sounds like a watered down Meshuggah. It even made me laugh during track #4 with that ridiculous robot voice. I would love to hear Stephen Hawking do guest vocals on a metal album though. I got tricked into listening to it by the rating. Once again.
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22.07.2014 - 16:51
Rating: 10
desire
What a masterpiece! progressive death at its best...
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22.07.2014 - 18:56
Rating: 7
Ganondox
Written by Mattybu on 18.03.2014 at 17:59

Written by deadone on 18.03.2014 at 01:41

*Iron Test - listen to music whilst ironing clothes. For some reason it's where music really clicks with me or not. I think it's cause ironing is mindless so I can focus on the music whilst my hands are occuppied with the ironing.


Funny you mention that because a lot of the time I give albums a sort of similar test and listen to albums while washing the dishes. I have a very low attention span and it's difficult for me to even just sit and listen to even my favourite albums start to finish sometimes so occupying myself in a way that doesn't use too much brainpower helps absorb it all in.

To be totally honest if I put Gojira on I would be getting more focused on the dishes than the music...


Heh, I also do dishes. Another thing I do is listen to music while sorting my favorite gallery in deviantart.
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22.07.2014 - 18:56
Rating: 7
Ganondox
Written by Mattybu on 18.03.2014 at 17:59

Written by deadone on 18.03.2014 at 01:41

*Iron Test - listen to music whilst ironing clothes. For some reason it's where music really clicks with me or not. I think it's cause ironing is mindless so I can focus on the music whilst my hands are occuppied with the ironing.


Funny you mention that because a lot of the time I give albums a sort of similar test and listen to albums while washing the dishes. I have a very low attention span and it's difficult for me to even just sit and listen to even my favourite albums start to finish sometimes so occupying myself in a way that doesn't use too much brainpower helps absorb it all in.

To be totally honest if I put Gojira on I would be getting more focused on the dishes than the music...


Heh, I also do dishes. Another thing I do is listen to music while sorting my favorite gallery in deviantart.
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17.12.2014 - 07:42
Rating: 7
Ganondox
Did I comment on the actual album yet? Anyway, I like it, but it lacks the variety of From Mars to Sirius. Fav track is Liquid Fire, Mouth of Kala also stood out.
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22.08.2015 - 01:42
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
I think with this album, Gojira did the best follow-up to The Way of all Flesh possible, which to me must have seemed quite the task at the time for the band. The music here, in my opinion, feels more streamlined and simplistic, more straight to the point, but with that still distinguishable progressive/technical twist that makes the band instantly recognizable. It's not as immediately satisfying for some people as From Mars... or its successor might have been, but it still manages to deliver the goods and a little extra at times. Favourite tracks for me are the title track and "Born in Winter", the latter of which having excellent guitar work as its real drive.
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23.11.2015 - 18:18
Rating: 10
desire
Exceptional shit!
one of the best Progressive death metal ever.
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18.04.2016 - 10:58
Rating: 9
Tiz
Fantastic album \m/
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24.05.2016 - 00:38
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
I like this album more than even I give it credit for... I also think it gets a little more shit than it deserves.
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