Gojira
The Way of All Flesh


4.5
superb

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (179 Reviews)
August 9th, 2009 | 80 replies | 10,644 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gojira proves that they can create a very competent metal album and improve on songwriting skills.

To recap Gojira in detail: Gojira is a French death metal band who actually do speak English (a big surprise). They've also been known for using eco-themes effectively in their music. Gojira are:

1. Joe Duplantier: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
2. Christian Andreu: Lead Guitar
3. Jean-Michael Labadie: Bass
4. Mario Duplantier: Drums

Gojira's scorching head banging metal may turn some off, but others, notebly extreme metal or prog metal enthusiasts, will be begging for more. The album opens up with Oroborus, a very groovy and high-quality track. It is probably the most melodic metal song on here too. Then, when you get to tracks like Art of Dying and Adoration for None, then you're really listening to the good Gojira songs. Until then, we have Toxic Garbage Island, which opens up with a pummeling riff that Meshuggah might have tried. It has a great, heartpounding chorus, too. A Sight to Behold is a bit of a failed experiment. While Gojira show a bit of experimentation and creativity, they don't seem to be very cut out for groove metal. They definitely showed this style better in The Link.

The problem I seem to have with the album is that Gojira at times run out of ideas and go for repetitive songwriting. Sure, it's much better than From Mars to Sirius, but it definitely needs work. I got a bit tired of listening to a song and hearing a part that goes on for 30 sec. of the song. They did improve on this a lot, though, from their third offering of their career.

Otherwise, this is a solid album overall. The production was toned down a bit but for more favourable, clean production to songs. Gojira shows us that they can make a good album that sends them up among prog OR extreme metal's more elite groups with outstanding musicianship. I give them applause for what they've done to prog music for us, and they're next album should be able to stand out from their others.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ConorMichaelJoseph
August 9th 2009


1870 Comments


Damn its been so long since I've listened to some Gojira. Decent, to the point review for a first but try to have a little more detail in future. But since its your first I'll pos

Greggers
August 9th 2009


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

notebly

notably

then your really

you're

failled

failed

needs work, though

the tough isn't really needed

favorable

favourable

aapplause

applause

they're next

Should be 'their'

Theres a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes, and there isn't really a lot of detail. This needs a
lot of work.

KYZAR
August 9th 2009


513 Comments


wow massive post greg

ThyCrossAwaits
August 9th 2009


3052 Comments


VIVA LE FRANCE!!!

TrojanWhore
August 9th 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album owns, band own and they especially pwn hard live.

Streetvulture
August 9th 2009


361 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the art of dying is such a GOOD SONG

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2009


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review doesn't really justify your 4.5 superb rating.

Album is awesome, though.

Zip
August 10th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is WAY TOO LONG

Zip
August 10th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found myself unable to enjoy this titan.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2009


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While there are a lot of albums which you should give a full listen, this is an album that you should listen to in bits and pieces.

Zip
August 10th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

anyone besides me think that the new Ulcerate was garbage?

OllieS
August 10th 2009


2031 Comments


Zipper i think you listen to too many albums abd naturally not enjoy some because of it (despite the fact they're probably really good albums).

Fugue
August 10th 2009


7353 Comments



Your review doesn't really justify your 4.5 superb rating.


This.

Although saying that just seeing this be reviewed has made me want to listen to it again.

ThyCrossAwaits
August 10th 2009


3052 Comments


I thought the new Ulcerate was decent.

Review doesn't justify rating, too short, blah blah blah...

Wizard
August 10th 2009


19389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

failled

failed


Oh the irony hahahahaha.

Soundoff.

Digging: Mistigo Varggoth Darkestra - The Key to the Gates of the Apocalypse

FiveLeavesLeft
May 5th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, my first review was shit :[

oltnabrick
May 5th 2013


30785 Comments


posd


Digging: Monte / Magnétophonique - Split

Spec
May 5th 2013


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol Greg.

FiveLeavesLeft
May 5th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks oltna :']

killth3p00r
October 2nd 2013


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

besides gorguts i freaking love this this is an amazing album i listen to this alot i didn't much like "the link" that much but decent overall



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