Gojira - Magma



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Release date: 17 June 2016
Style: Progressive death metal

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01. The Shooting Star
02. Silvera
03. The Cell
04. Stranded
05. Yellow Stone
06. Magma
07. Pray
08. Only Pain
09. Low Lands
10. Liberation

The Best Alternative Metal Album Of 2016

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

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musclassia
Rating:
7.4
Across their career thus far, and most notably on From Mars To Sirius and The Way Of All Flesh, Gojira have developed a reputation for playing an intensely heavy, percussive, and groovy brand of progressive metal, relentless yet hooky with ambitious, often lengthy songwriting. Whilst a sizeable number of bands have at some point in their career softened and/or streamlined their approach to develop a more widely accessible sound, for a band so renowned for their heaviness and, to a lesser degree, complexity, as Gojira, toning down those aspects of their sound could be considered a real risk. However, with 2016's Magma, they deliver an album that is by no means soft or simple, but which is a clear sonic departure from the likes of "Backbone" and "The Art Of Dying" from previous albums. How has this decision paid off for them? Well, in this humble reviewer's opinion, while this album doesn't rival the aforementioned albums as the band's best work, there are more than enough positive and interesting things about the new approach for it to avoid being classified as a failure.

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06.09.2016 - 18:47
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Guest on 06.09.2016 at 18:10

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 06.09.2016 at 10:23



You mean they weren't comfortable with "L'Enfant Sauvage"/"The Way All Flesh"?! I think they were very technical and the complexity has given those records a boost for Gojira. Oversimplifying is what has actually put them behind their previous works. Nothing pretty bad about "Magma", it's a very strong record but disappointed on catalyzing the sound.

L'Enfant Sauvage was probably one of the most boring albums I've ever heard. No sense of songwriting whatsoever, just aimless waffle. I thank Poseidon that they made a catchy and memorable number in Magma after that.


Exactly and tbh The Way Of All Flessh already had almost no sense of songwriting and was just technical show-off thus it becoming a boring album. From mars To Sirius, The Link, and Terra Incognita were also technical but at least those albums possessed some great song writing. With Magma they have toned down on the technical aspect without ditching it all together and focussed on writing compact, even catchy songs, which they pulled off brilliantly.
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06.09.2016 - 18:49
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.09.2016 at 18:47



Exactly and tbh The Way Of All Flessh already had almost no sense of songwriting and was just technical show-off thus it becoming a boring album. From mars To Sirius, The Link, and Terra Incognita were also technical but at least those albums possessed some great song writing. With Magma they have toned down on the technical aspect without ditching it all together and focussed on writing compact, even catchy songs, which they pulled off brilliantly.

Exactly.
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06.09.2016 - 18:57
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Guest on 06.09.2016 at 18:10

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 06.09.2016 at 10:23



You mean they weren't comfortable with "L'Enfant Sauvage"/"The Way All Flesh"?! I think they were very technical and the complexity has given those records a boost for Gojira. Oversimplifying is what has actually put them behind their previous works. Nothing pretty bad about "Magma", it's a very strong record but disappointed on catalyzing the sound.

L'Enfant Sauvage was probably one of the most boring albums I've ever heard. No sense of songwriting whatsoever, just aimless waffle.


Yeah, totally right. It could be the most boring record for you and many people who was wondering what the fuck they just did in "Sauvage"?!

It's vastly different, produce out of the comfort zone and songs took a shape that many people were baffled( may be like you?) that it really doesn't appeal as much as "From Mars To Sirius"/"The Way Of All Flesh". What "Magma" comes out to be a modernized version of "Sauvage".

Yes, band has really stepped onto new direction and made catchy tunes doesn't mean they scored high on originality. I'm still listening to "Sauvage" in "Magma" which is little bit disappointing considering the fact that they already have two great releases(excluding Sauvage) which shown us typical Gojira sound.

No doubts with Magma as it still kick pretty hard with numbers and it delivered it fantastically but on the "set-staged" platform.
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13.10.2016 - 02:24
Rating: 9
Thanosminion
First listen over the summer I was very disappointed. Came back to it mid-Sept. and started to appreciate it despite being a very different animal from past albums. Songs are more straightforward and to the point with a mix of floating AND driving riffs, a few atmospheric lulls that build the anticipation, some interesting fills, time sig changes, and of course the crushing guitar and drums we've come to expect. Overall feel for the album though is more compact with less exploration then we've seen from them in past... and definitely not as EXPLOSIVE. There's no fat anywhere here and sometimes I like the fat... where the wild excursions and heavy progressive moments hang out. If you listen carefully you'll hear the sonics and tones are varied throughout tracks which is appreciated. It adds some variety while still bearing the Gojira heaviness we all love.

I'd say go back and listen to it again if you were like me and disappointed at first. You'll come around. I actually crave these songs filling my airspace so I can bang my fucking head against the wall and growl like a hungry beast.
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09.12.2016 - 04:47
Rating: 9
Maco
Handbanana
Yeah this album is incredible.
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09.12.2016 - 07:09
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
But way too simplified that it almost is nothing but groove metal most of the time.
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06.01.2017 - 03:47
Rating: 6
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by flightoficarus on 23.06.2016 at 18:25

If we're rating this in terms of being a progressive metal album, it's not very good. If we're rating it in terms of being a hard rock record, it's one of the best this year.

Good point.
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06.01.2017 - 21:15
Rating: 7
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Written by Jaeryd on 06.01.2017 at 03:47

Written by flightoficarus on 23.06.2016 at 18:25

If we're rating this in terms of being a progressive metal album, it's not very good. If we're rating it in terms of being a hard rock record, it's one of the best this year.

Good point.


Word.
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06.01.2017 - 21:56
Rating: 6
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by flightoficarus on 06.01.2017 at 21:15

Written by Jaeryd on 06.01.2017 at 03:47

Written by flightoficarus on 23.06.2016 at 18:25

If we're rating this in terms of being a progressive metal album, it's not very good. If we're rating it in terms of being a hard rock record, it's one of the best this year.

Good point.

Word.

I mean, I still find it to be dull, and not because I want Gojira to put out more of the same. While I like the previous two albums, my rating goes back and forth between a 7 and a low-8, because while I can sometimes really enjoy them, other times I only like half of the tracks and get irritated by all the filler. I would've been disappointed if they kept doing the same old shit, really.

But yeah, I just listened to it recently and it's slightly better when viewed as a hard rock record. I really enjoyed a few parts of it, even.

Still, I only really liked the two singles, Stranded and Silvera, plus Lowlands and maybe one or two others. The rest was really dull, or even annoying (Magma's meandering high-pitched pentatonic-scale guitar thing got on my nerves). I tried to keep an open mind, but it simply doesn't do much for me. Chalk it up to my shitty taste, I guess.
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07.01.2017 - 01:24
Rating: 7
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Written by Jaeryd on 06.01.2017 at 21:56

I mean, I still find it to be dull, and not because I want Gojira to put out more of the same. While I like the previous two albums, my rating goes back and forth between a 7 and a low-8, because while I can sometimes really enjoy them, other times I only like half of the tracks and get irritated by all the filler. I would've been disappointed if they kept doing the same old shit, really.

But yeah, I just listened to it recently and it's slightly better when viewed as a hard rock record. I really enjoyed a few parts of it, even.

Still, I only really liked the two singles, Stranded and Silvera, plus Lowlands and maybe one or two others. The rest was really dull, or even annoying (Magma's meandering high-pitched pentatonic-scale guitar thing got on my nerves). I tried to keep an open mind, but it simply doesn't do much for me. Chalk it up to my shitty taste, I guess.


Love that Stranded guitar riff. Like the definition of a hook. But yeah I agree with you 100%
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