Release date: 22 June 2012
Style: Progressive death metal

Rating:

8.2 | 458 votes

Owners:

439 have it
76 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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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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Mattybu - 06.07.2012 at 01:15  
Rating: 4
Written by garface666 on 04.07.2012 at 23:04

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


Old or not, you gave a pretty good description of why this album is a lackluster affair.

How this has an 8.4 average rating, I don't know.
Spirit Molecule - 06.07.2012 at 12:55  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.07.2012 at 18:27

Not even going to bother with this.


But you bothered to post
Ace Frawley - 06.07.2012 at 15:27  
Rating: 6 This album is taking a lot of listens for me to get into it. It's a slow process and I'm not warming to it much. I'm prepared to give it more time though. This is the first album of theirs I've listened to, so I didn't have any preconceptions. My initial thoughts are that there isn't much melody and it is quite technical in parts. The one song I really like at the moment is "Pain is a Master".
Unhealer - 06.07.2012 at 15:52  
Rating: 8
Written by Ace Frawley on 06.07.2012 at 15:27

This album is taking a lot of listens for me to get into it. It's a slow process and I'm not warming to it much. I'm prepared to give it more time though. This is the first album of theirs I've listened to, so I didn't have any preconceptions. My initial thoughts are that there isn't much melody and it is quite technical in parts. The one song I really like at the moment is "Pain is a Master".


Don't waste that much time on this one, go get From Mars To Sirius and you'll be listening to it a lot of times but not to get into it, just because is damn amazing. Oh, and this is album is more melodic than the previous ones and probably less technical, although I don't think this band should be labeled technical at all.
gav1230 - 06.07.2012 at 23:20  
  Oh well, I actually liked it.
CuupcakesInnFayce - 07.07.2012 at 12:49  
Rating: 8 Great album!
Ace Frawley - 08.07.2012 at 02:24  
Rating: 6
Written by Ag Fox on 27.06.2012 at 23:24

The last two tracks are really rubbish =/


Do you mean tracks 10 and 11 or the two special edition bonus tracks? The first time I listened to "Born in Winter" I thought there was a guest vocal appearance by Leonard Cohen.
Ag Fox - 08.07.2012 at 05:39  
Rating: 8
Written by Ace Frawley on 08.07.2012 at 02:24

Written by Ag Fox on 27.06.2012 at 23:24

The last two tracks are really rubbish =/


Do you mean tracks 10 and 11 or the two special edition bonus tracks? The first time I listened to "Born in Winter" I thought there was a guest vocal appearance by Leonard Cohen.
born in winter
Judas The Priest - 11.07.2012 at 07:20  
Rating: 10 Personally I adore this album. Its got some unusual qualities, and some familiar, but thats just what a prog metal band is. A collaboration of new techniques with elements of other subgenres. Though some songs sounded a bit like meshuggah (which I dislike) what you gotta remember is simply: this is gofuckingjira.

Overall this album made a pretty bad first impression on me, but the songs stuck with me after the album ended, and i realised, its like a legion of angels singing deathmetal. which fucking rules give or take. After they stuck with me and whatnot, I took a gander at the lyric booklet, and good god. The lyrics have always been my favorite part of Gojira, they've always been introspective, intensely deep, perspective based and almost cryptic. This album is no exception, I found myself reading the lyrics booklet in the paint shop waiting for paint to dry haha.

As far as the rhythm value of this album goes, although it may draw some characteristics of other subgenres of metal, this album has its own sound, like every gojira album. And thats what makes Gojira my favorite band, that theyre always new, progressing, and that their albums are pure art. Like I always say, these guys are like nature itself, beautiful and brutal as hell. And you simply can't top music that makes you dive into your own mind while thrashing your head.
Ace Frawley - 14.07.2012 at 03:22  
Rating: 6 I'm glad you mentioned the Meshuggah similarity, because I felt that too. It doesn't appeal to me either, in that regard. I also agree with the strong lyrics here. Ultimately, this album has grown on me and that is the sign of a good album. My initial rating was 6 - average, but I have increased that to 7 - good. Highlights for me are the tracks "Planned Obsolescence" and "Mouth of Kala".
Mattybu - 16.07.2012 at 05:55  
Rating: 4
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.
Metalex - 17.07.2012 at 14:35  
  Excellent album remind me a lot of from mars to sirus \m/ cheers!
blackend - 25.07.2012 at 23:41  
Rating: 8 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.
John Shock - 01.08.2012 at 22:28  
  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 ...
BloodTears - 11.08.2012 at 21:16  
Rating: 8 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.
bloodwrage - 20.08.2012 at 20:00  
Rating: 6 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.
John Shock - 02.09.2012 at 14:38  
 
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! :\
BlueMobius - 02.09.2012 at 22:28  
Rating: 6 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.
Regolith - 10.10.2012 at 20:52  
Rating: 7 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.
Ajay Singh - 02.01.2013 at 14:28  
Rating: 8 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...
_deepblack - 29.01.2013 at 23:49  
Rating: 7 Very nice album yet i think the 2005 album is the best
Sepulnation - 08.02.2013 at 01:22  
Rating: 8 I really love this band, nut IMO it's just more of the same. no creativity, no feeling...
Illog1cal - 28.05.2013 at 15:39  
  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.
Northern Danger - 16.03.2014 at 18:21  
 
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
deadone - 17.03.2014 at 00:45  
Rating: 5
Written by Northern Danger on 16.03.2014 at 18:21

coz Progressive/Melodic Death Metal



I think the word "Progressive" nets you an automatic 8/Very Good on most metal websites these days.


Personally I found this album boring and overlong. I think From Mars to Sirius is it for these guys.
Mattybu - 17.03.2014 at 08:00  
Rating: 4
Written by Northern Danger 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
deadone - 18.03.2014 at 01:41  
Rating: 5
Written by Mattybu on 17.03.2014 at 08:00

guess I have had a falling out with Gojira in general cause I really don't like any of their stuff anymore



I'm kind of the same.

I liked them when I initially heard them and I don't mind them as background music.


But once I tried really listening to them (my so-called Iron Test*), they just didn't cut it for me - albums are too long and repetitive and the sound is too dense for my liking.


*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.
Mattybu - 18.03.2014 at 17:59  
Rating: 4
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...
Ilham - 21.06.2014 at 13:15  
Rating: 5 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.
Desire - 22.07.2014 at 16:51  
Rating: 10 What a masterpiece! progressive death at its best...
Ganondox - 22.07.2014 at 18:56  
 
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.
Ganondox - 22.07.2014 at 18:56  
 
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.
MichaelAngeloT - 09.08.2014 at 13:53  
Rating: 8 Relaxing...The Way I foqin LIKE IT
..wish i could rate it with 8.6.. :/

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