Release date: 22 June 2012
Style: Progressive death metal

Rating:

8.2 | 450 votes

Owners:

421 have it
78 want it


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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (13)


Line-up
Joseph "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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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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infernaldeath87 - 12.10.2011 at 20:44  
Rating: 9 YES
Boxcar Willy - 29.12.2011 at 20:09  
  Hurry up!
Siegreicher - 18.03.2012 at 09:15  
  Why is this still TBA!?!?! i swear they posted youtube teasers like 2 years ago it seems like
Apothecary - 31.03.2012 at 08:06  
  Well, apparently that "March 2012" thing was bullshit since March is almost over
strade - 22.04.2012 at 23:49  
  My anticipation for this release is verging upon near insanity. June 26th can't come soon enough.
kayla - 02.06.2012 at 00:22  
  I can't wait anymore.....
John Shock - 04.06.2012 at 20:01  
  New song "Liquid Fire" is amazing! \m/
strade - 16.06.2012 at 05:13  
  LEAKED. Opinion forthcoming.
Moose - 16.06.2012 at 13:55  
  I'm really trying to enjoy this, but 2 listens in, and i'm still finding it a little... boring. A couple of tracks are standing out, but the rest seem a little bland. I guess because there really is very little 'lead guitar', and even less vocal variation.
Will give it a few more listens before making an official judgement though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 16.06.2012 at 16:01  
Rating: 5 6 tracks in and I'm struggling not to turn it off. So, so boring... seems like nothing more than repetitive mid-paced chugging.

Let down.

Before any fanbois bitch at me, remember that this band once made this...



I really want this album to finish so I can listen to the new Verdunkeln.
InnerSelf - 16.06.2012 at 20:28  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.06.2012 at 16:01

6 tracks in and I'm struggling not to turn it off. So, so boring... seems like nothing more than repetitive mid-paced chugging.
Let down.

I'm halfway through my first listen and it's not as bad as you suggest, I can tell from what I've heard so far that it will not be half as huge as From Mars To Sirius but it's still pretty enjoyable
K†ulu - 16.06.2012 at 20:35  
  Have to agree with Moose and J.O.O.E. after the first listen. To me, this is more of the same: no innovation, no nothing; and this is not a good type of the same. Essentially, they have done all this, only way better. Something else that occurred to me: this album totally lacks dynamics.
infernaldeath87 - 17.06.2012 at 01:23  
Rating: 9 This deeply saddens me to hear all of these negative comments! Now I'm starting to question buying this when it comes out...
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.06.2012 at 01:26  
Rating: 5
Written by InnerSelf on 16.06.2012 at 20:28

I'm halfway through my first listen and it's not as bad as you suggest, I can tell from what I've heard so far that it will not be half as huge as From Mars To Sirius but it's still pretty enjoyable

Try listening to it back to back with From Mars To Sirius. As K†ulu it lacks any of its dynamism and the bits that are good are so far and few between. If you like it though then that's good for you but I doubt I'll ever revisit this one...
J. N. - 17.06.2012 at 02:06  
  Big let down, indeed.
Unhealer - 17.06.2012 at 03:02  
Rating: 8 Checking the songs over the top, Pain Is A Master was great. No other highlights, I'll give it a full listen tomorrow.
Troy Killjoy - 17.06.2012 at 03:05  
  Being that I've never liked these guys, and those who have really liked them are kind of crapping on this, I'm using airtight logic and assuming I'm going to love it.
J. N. - 17.06.2012 at 03:16  
 
Written by Unhealer on 17.06.2012 at 03:02
Checking the songs over the top, Pain Is A Master was great. No other highlights, I'll give it a full listen tomorrow.

That one and "Planned Obsolescence" was the only highlights for me. The rest was "meh".

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.06.2012 at 03:05
Being that I've never liked these guys, and those who have really liked them are kind of crapping on this, I'm using airtight logic and assuming I'm going to love it.

"Challenge accepted"?
embracing - 17.06.2012 at 12:05  
  Also trying to get into it, but it's super boring. Where's the progressive-technical edge Gojira had? Apart from a few good moments, I think a mediocre guitarist could learn all these songs in one day... Sorry, guys!
Moose - 17.06.2012 at 12:44  
 
Written by J. N. on 17.06.2012 at 03:16

Written by Unhealer on 17.06.2012 at 03:02
Checking the songs over the top, Pain Is A Master was great. No other highlights, I'll give it a full listen tomorrow.

That one and "Planned Obsolescence" was the only highlights for me. The rest was "meh".


Hmm, well my favorite song by far was L'Enfant Sauvage...the heavy section at 2:23 is pretty amazing, and had me anticipating a great album.
The only other one which stands out to me is "The Gift of Guilt".
Unhealer - 17.06.2012 at 16:30  
Rating: 8
Written by embracing on 17.06.2012 at 12:05

Also trying to get into it, but it's super boring. Where's the progressive-technical edge Gojira had? Apart from a few good moments, I think a mediocre guitarist could learn all these songs in one day... Sorry, guys!


I don't know what your standards for a good guitarist are, but all Gojira albums are pretty easy for guitar, they never had a technical edge. And I shouldn't even mention that that doesn't say anything about the quality of the music.

Just heard it and it's pretty good, you bitches scared me.
errorcode99 - 18.06.2012 at 16:39  
Rating: 7 Fantastic
JD - 18.06.2012 at 18:42  
Rating: 7
Written by InnerSelf on 16.06.2012 at 20:28

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.06.2012 at 16:01

6 tracks in and I'm struggling not to turn it off. So, so boring... seems like nothing more than repetitive mid-paced chugging.
Let down.

I'm halfway through my first listen and it's not as bad as you suggest, I can tell from what I've heard so far that it will not be half as huge as From Mars To Sirius but it's still pretty enjoyable

Seconded, I'd give it 7\10 though.
InnerSelf - 18.06.2012 at 23:34  
Rating: 7
Written by JD on 18.06.2012 at 18:42

Written by InnerSelf on 16.06.2012 at 20:28

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.06.2012 at 16:01

6 tracks in and I'm struggling not to turn it off. So, so boring... seems like nothing more than repetitive mid-paced chugging.
Let down.

I'm halfway through my first listen and it's not as bad as you suggest, I can tell from what I've heard so far that it will not be half as huge as From Mars To Sirius but it's still pretty enjoyable

Seconded, I'd give it 7\10 though.

Yeah around that for me too, it gets a bit repetitive towards the end
Ag Fox - 19.06.2012 at 08:16  
Rating: 8 I quite like it based upon my first listen. Seems like I'm the only one
I agree it's nothing new being on offer here. But most bands don't anyway and we still enjoy a lot of them.
Spirit Molecule - 19.06.2012 at 12:52  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.06.2012 at 16:01

6 tracks in and I'm struggling not to turn it off. So, so boring... seems like nothing more than repetitive mid-paced chugging.

Let down.

Before any fanbois bitch at me, remember that this band once made this...


I'm a fanboi and I always remember the band for From Mars. Their production has really gotten crazy, but I don't find the music as good as it used to be.
Unhealer - 19.06.2012 at 16:13  
Rating: 8 Now I can say I like it a lot more than The Way Of All Flesh. This one doesn't bring anything new in the sense of experimenting with a totally different sound, but the approach is more melodic than the previous albums.
The production makes this album sound as twice as heavy as it actually is, it constantly punches you right in the face.
Risto - 19.06.2012 at 19:06  
Rating: 8 This came out of fucking nowhere. It'll deserve at least an 8 from me.

EDIT: Haha, just saw the negative responses. How am I not surprised...
Spirit Molecule - 20.06.2012 at 12:53  
  All I can say now after 3 spins is. HUGH production. I think if the production wasn't as heavy and big as it is, it wouldn't stand out so much.
I'm kinda sad though. I knew that I wouldn't like the new album as much as their older stuff, but at the back of my head I wanted them to surprise me :/
Oh well its not a bad album, just not the gojira I like. I would say a 7/10 for me as well. Totally agree about it being repetitive and they have lost a lot of the trademark gojira riffing.
DahliaRock - 20.06.2012 at 14:04  
Rating: 7 Yeah I have been trying to listen to this album, did succeed only twice, rest I just switched to something else! Seriously, if you gave me layered versions of the last 2 albums, I can copy paste and make this album from all those snippets. I wonder if along the way they had an alzheimer attack just forgot what they composed already?

Seriously, being a huge fan of the last 2 albums, this feels like crap and don't understand how people actually like this.. I understand, the production sounds good (can't tell before the cd release tho) and there are some nasty bits here and there, but beyond that, it's a rehearsal tape for concerts gone wrong.

Luckily we have other great music this year.. Going back to Ihsahn now
neonxaos - 20.06.2012 at 21:36  
Rating: 8 Hmm, I'm not really sure about this one... It seems mellower than the previous albums, and I miss the crazy drumming sometimes, but it IS growing on me already after a few listens. I don't know if it's gonna be enough, though. Pain Is A Master is really something, but the other tracks seem a little too similar. But then again, that's how I usually feel about anything coming from bands like Enslaved, and those albums often take many spins to truly reveal themselves to me.

I get the comments about people wanting to be surprised, but think about it. This is Gojira. Who else actually sounds like them, honestly? I have a hard time coming up with a single name, so originality is kind of a subjective thing here. And if some of you DO know more bands in this style, please don't hesitate to enlighen me

[EDIT] OK, it is definitely a grower, but it does not surpass their earlier efforts. I do appreciate the melodic touches, but I am missing the crazy riffing and drumming found on the previous albums.
RockeRoy - 22.06.2012 at 18:49  
Rating: 6 Alot simpler than previous efforts and with very few higlights.
The lack of dynamics throughout the album and to much of the mid tempo riffing is a problem for me.
I think this would be the time to release their masterpice, but insted they give us this .. i have to say shit, becasue i think i never will listen to this album again and i have looked forward to it a long time
Nunzie 69 - 24.06.2012 at 11:31  
Rating: 10 Been highly anticipating this release,I think if this came out before "From Mars To Sirius" many would have better opinions.This album struck a chord with me from the opening sequence and never really let me lose interest.I really enjoy just about everything on here and would place it right in between Mars and Flesh.
R'Vannith - 25.06.2012 at 15:53  
Rating: 8 Not very keen on this band's sound but this seems good. Very straightforward compared to the other one I've heard, "From Mars To Sirius". Its nowhere near as diverse as some have pointed out, it also lacks that that really heavy sound they had going on. But its also more to the point I think, something I didn't like about that other one, it often went places that sounded unnecessary to me. This is much more linear, which I don't think is all that much of problem, though it clearly lacks the creativity of "From Mars To Sirius". Some tracks here are too focused and are an effort to listen to.
But honestly.. that title track is brilliant. "Planned Obsolescence" and "Mouth Of Kala" are really good as well.
Delamortia - 26.06.2012 at 14:03  
Rating: 7 Great album!
Dinruth - 26.06.2012 at 16:23  
Rating: 8 I like it ... gets a bit boring at the end but the first 8 tracks are fire
Prometheus - 27.06.2012 at 12:11  
Rating: 7 Good album.
Unhealer - 27.06.2012 at 16:25  
Rating: 8 Four good/awesome tracks, one videogame soundtrack, three meh songs, another great track and more meh to end the record.

Not bad, but hopefully they'll do something different next time. I believe they are focusing on vocal melodies instead of riffing, and the riffing is what I appreciated more about the previous records.
Ag Fox - 27.06.2012 at 23:24  
Rating: 8 The last two tracks are really rubbish =/
Unhealer - 28.06.2012 at 05:53  
Rating: 8
Written by Ag Fox on 27.06.2012 at 23:24

The last two tracks are really rubbish =/


Yep, and 'Born In Winter' is a rip-off of 'From Mars' and 'Global Warming'.
Risto - 28.06.2012 at 14:19  
Rating: 8
Written by Unhealer on 28.06.2012 at 05:53

Written by Ag Fox on 27.06.2012 at 23:24

The last two tracks are really rubbish =/


Yep, and 'Born In Winter' is a rip-off of 'From Mars' and 'Global Warming'.

I can see the comparison to From Mars, but Global Warming? Nothing wrong with sounding like themselves anyway. It's also one of the best songs on the album
Unhealer - 28.06.2012 at 15:20  
Rating: 8
Written by Risto on 28.06.2012 at 14:19

I can see the comparison to From Mars, but Global Warming? Nothing wrong with sounding like themselves anyway. It's also one of the best songs on the album


I was reminded of 'Global Warming' because the song is based on a tapping guitar riff, I think. Probably is not a bad song, but it bores me since I feel I've heard that a lot already.
Mehdi Taba - 28.06.2012 at 16:54  
Rating: 9 The best songs :

Explosia
L'Enfant Sauvage
The Gift Of Guilt
Diamonds - 28.06.2012 at 17:27  
Rating: 8 I'm seeing a lot of negative feedback and I have to say that I disagree. Though it certainly isn't their best work it also isn't their worst. With the size the metal community has reached making unique music is a struggle for even the most talented of the genre. You can't expect every new release from every band to be better rhan the last. Like moods, albums and bands have their ups and downs. Personally though, I like this album. It had a much more... Sorrowed touch to it. Like the songs are more vengeful from hurt than wrathful from anger like their previous. So, I enjoy it, and it's new, though not exceptionally amazing sound .
Fradd - 29.06.2012 at 15:24  
Rating: 7 Bleh.
Gilads - 02.07.2012 at 11:50  
Rating: 9 I've listened to this album more than 20 times so far..
I think the best songs are:

Liquid Fire - Amazing song!

The Gift Of Guilt - Very very good one, kind of hypnotizing.

Planned Obsolescence - With brilliant ending!!

Born In Winter - Amazing chorus!

The Fall - This is the best song in this album, I think its a WOW, makes me shiver over and over again!
Boxcar Willy - 04.07.2012 at 18:27  
  Not even going to bother with this.
John Shock - 04.07.2012 at 19:55  
  I have to be honest...i don't like this a lot...i don't even care about it! This album is not satisfying me...i can't understand this album...i didn't catch the "thing" of this album! I could even said that i don't like this album, unless 2 or 3 songs: L'Enfant Sauvage, Liquid Fire and Explosia...i have to listen this a few more times but i doubt this enters in my brain on its entirely... disapointed...sorry Gojira!
garface666 - 04.07.2012 at 23:04  
  Bought this on day of release and it's a very disappointing album. They've both ripped themselves off and played it safe with this one. I honestly believe that they could have written the whole album in a week or so (technical metal, really?). There are no memorable riffs. The vocal patterns are predictable and repetitive. They perform exactly the same rhythm figures and tempos throughout the album. It's exactly what music should not be; formulaic and boring. Live performance speaking, I'm sure in that in moderation (and played in and amongst other songs) the songs off L'enfant sauvage will gel with the established set, however, as a stand alone effort, it does nothing for me. Maybe I'm getting old...
sukimin - 05.07.2012 at 09:59  
  Is Jeff Loomis took part in the song The Gift of Guilt ?

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