Gojira
The Way of All Flesh


4.5
superb

Review

by demon of surveillance USER (2 Reviews)
August 29th, 2010 | 338 replies | 42,460 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Creating a unique sound, Gojira fuse several genres and generate a relentlessly heavy extreme metal album.

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Gojira are an extreme metal band from Bayonne, France that combine several genres, most prominently death metal and progressive metal, to form their own type of extreme metal. The Way of All Flesh is their magnum opus, presenting their most mature album, both lyrically and musically.

Many elements of Gojira's music make this album unique. They play heavy, crushing riffs, yet will also play melodic riffs, sometimes combining the two. Melodic riffs appear throughout the album, notably on the songs Oroborus and The Silver Cord. Most of the riffs are tremolo picked, often accompanied by blazing fast blast beats and double bass from the drums; yet on songs such as A Sight To Behold they will play much slower, with a style akin to groove metal. Progressive metal is evident throughout the album, with many different time signatures and constantly-changing riffs.

Most of the band members give amazing performances on this album. Joe Duplantier and Christian Andreu, the band's guitarists, use unique effects with their guitars that help to differentiate Gojira from other metal bands. Their pick slides and pinch harmonics sound very unique, one of the first things that will stand out to someone listening to this album for the first time. Unfortunately, Jean-Michael Labadie's bass is very low in the mix, and is only heard in some less heavy parts of the album. Joe Duplantier's growled vocals are heard and understood more clearly than most death metal vocalists, and definitely fit perfectly with the music. One of the high points on the album is Adoration For None, which features Randy Blythe from Lamb of God on guest vocals. The "duet" between the two clearly shows their vocal prowess.

The best performance of any of the band members is given by drummer Mario Duplantier. Throughout the album, he plays with lightning-fast double bass and blast beats, while also showing rhythmic expertise. Perhaps his greatest show of skill is the song Yama's Messengers, in which he alternates between blast beats and snare triplets at several points in the song.

Lyrically, this album stays with the ecological themes found on From Mars To Sirius, but not in the concept album form. Many of the songs speak of how humans are destroying the planet, even referencing the Pacific garbage patch in the song Toxic Garbage Island. Several of the songs deal with death, however, and how it is a part of life. These lyrics spoke to me personally and are an often overlooked aspect of this album.

Overall, this is a superb album. It combines melody, heaviness, and progressive songwriting perfectly to form a unique sound not found in metal today. While some might be turned off by the albums length, it rarely gets repetitive and boring, a problem found on From Mars To Sirius. This is album introduced me to death metal, and should be listened to by any extreme metal fan.


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    I once heard someone review this album with the sentence "Gojira is so heavy it will kill ...

    fr33convict (4.5)
    The Way of All Flesh is a technical metal masterpiece that I would recommend to any metal ...

    Brendan Schroer STAFF (4.5)
    Gojira proves that they can create a very competent metal album and improve on songwriting...

    Jorn van Schaïk (3.5)
    French high IQ-metallers Gojira release another competent album that pushes the envelope o...

  • EndlessClockwork (4.5)
    A heavy and defining metal album...the best Gojira has to offer....


Comments:Add a Comment 
demon of surveillance
August 29th 2010



757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Any constructive criticism is welcome, but please don't neg this right away.

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Canyons of Static
August 29th 2010



638 Comments


"This is my very first review, so try to go easy on me."
Put this in your first comment, it's unnecessary and unprofessional in the review; Other than that this is a good first, pos'd

morrissey
Moderator
August 29th 2010



1688 Comments


Good work, approved.

eternium
August 29th 2010



16213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure if you can call a band's latest album its magnum opus.

Excellent review. Don't see why a lot of people don't like this.

Photon
August 29th 2010



1288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah this album is really good

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Zip
August 29th 2010



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Art of Dying is sweet

TRMshadow
August 29th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"While some might be turned off by the albums length, it rarely gets repetitive and boring"

123!

Definitely an overlooked and underappreciated band on this site, great review too!

demon of surveillance
August 29th 2010



757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the positive comments guys, I was expecting everybody to hate me for liking this band. Why do people dislike Gojira? There isn't much reason for it.

Mordecai.
August 29th 2010



8257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this. sue me. i can see it's glaring faults though, hopefully their next album is more streamlined.

TRMshadow
August 29th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sadly it ain't coming any time soon, they said they were all taking a minimum 6 month hiatus following their most recent tour.

Mordecai.
August 29th 2010



8257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well, fuck.

TRMshadow
August 29th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but then, think again, that was like 8 months ago........ maybe it'll be sooner than we think...

Mordecai.
August 29th 2010



8257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

soooo, darth vader was luke skywalker's father all along?

Photon
August 29th 2010



1288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what do you guys think about 'the link'? i think its better than this one

Mordecai.
August 29th 2010



8257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they have other albums?

eternium
August 29th 2010



16213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw this band live with In Flames. Impossible to not headbang to the riffs until you have whiplash.

This and From Mars to Sirius are almost equal.

TRMshadow
August 29th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This = FMtS >> Terra Incognita >>> The Link

bloc
August 29th 2010



34500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Toxic Garbage Island is awesome plus I like the production on this album.

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shindip
August 30th 2010



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

production is sick

Mordecai.
August 30th 2010



8257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

siiiiiiiiiiiiick production



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