Gojira
The Flesh Alive


4.5
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Review

by Alex Newton USER (43 Reviews)
September 9th, 2012 | 14 replies | 4,154 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Flesh Alive not only puts you in the front row of the show, but gives an eye-opening account of the mind and heart of Gojira.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Gojira did not take the quick path to stardom. Formed in 1997 around brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier, the quartet spent nine years in relative obscurity until their third album From Mars to Sirius really made a splash in the international metal community. The band’s first live set, The Link Alive, was a solid take on their first two albums, but came too soon to capture Gojira’s creative explosion. 2012’s The Flesh Alive, however, takes full advantage of the strength and diversity of From Mars… and successor The Way of All Flesh.

After a three-year gestation period, expectations were high for The Flesh Alive, and it certainly lives up to the billing. Included are two full live sets (93 and 80 minutes), a 3-song show, an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary, and a CD of the first show…basically enough Gojira to make your head spin and your face melt. The biggest disappointment here is that both concerts have nearly the same setlist, with the second adding “Toxic Garbage Island”. In both shows, centerpieces “The Art of Dying” and “Flying Whales” highlight a selection chock full of high-octane songs, including three from their debut. The music really comes to life on stage, with Mario’s polyrhythmic drumming standing out in particular. The band makes up for a lack of stage presence by hammering out the songs with a rare mix of precision and power, with Joe’s vocals set low in the mix to let the atomic-clock instrumentation shine through.

The shows are all filmed in high-definition, so the spotlights and sweat seem like they’re right in front of you. A multitude of camera angles and crowd shots also add to the at-the-show vibe. Short of feeling Mario’s helicopter-like bass runs rattling your teeth, this is about at as close to the band as you can get. The documentary includes show footage, home-movies of van trips, plane flights where the band contemplates wing malfunctions, interviews with fans and people who have helped them along the way, and snippets of the members just being silly and colorful.

The Flesh Alive leaves you feeling like a part of the whole Gojira experience; you’re watching not just a band, but the personalities and ideals behind their music. The word “spiritual” comes up a number of times, and sums up the marriage of personal and worldly ideas that lead to Gojira’s intimate yet bone-crushing music. The Flesh Alive is a convincing argument that Gojira deserve every bit of respect and praise that they’ve worked for over the years, and should be of great interest to fans of heavy and thoughtful music.



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macadoolahicky
September 9th 2012



1835 Comments


Gojira always crush nuts live

KILL
September 9th 2012



71402 Comments


eh i found em kinda boring

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FearThyEvil
September 9th 2012



12480 Comments


I want to see them pretty badly. Unfortunately, they aren't on the LOG tour anymore.

pedro70512
September 9th 2012



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I had tickets to that...i hope they reschedule it soon =/

FearThyEvil
September 9th 2012



12480 Comments


They made a whole new tour I believe.

TortoiseShell
September 9th 2012



266 Comments


damn i really need to go see gojira

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2012



1860 Comments


I saw Gojira at my first ever gig when Trivium headlined in 2007, which also featured a blistering set from Annihilator. I can't really remember how good Gojira were though to be frank. The review really convinced me to buy the DVD however, it was well written.

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Raz0rGrind23
September 10th 2012



423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got the blu-ray of their latest live release. Utterly amazing....

KILL
September 10th 2012



71402 Comments


hm

pedro70512
September 10th 2012



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

In case anyone's curious as to the locations/dates of the shows, I did some research on setlist.fm (since nowhere in the packaging does it list the venue or date).

DVD 1:
4/4/09 @ Garorock Festival, Marmade, FR
7/17/10 @ La Prairie de Kerampuilh, Carhaix-Plouguer, FR

DVD 2:
2/9/09 @ Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, FR

BloodandRainbows
September 12th 2012



221 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

New album was great, now we just have to wait another four years for new stuff since Gojira gave us everything in one summer.

Spudbud
October 25th 2012



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Worth buying this bluray!!! TIGHT

xist
November 30th 2012



171 Comments


The vocals are completely buried in the mix...it's a shame as this would be stellar if they were more audible, or even audible half the time.

pedro70512
December 2nd 2012



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

the CD version seems to have them higher in the mix. not sure why they moved them down for the DVD and cut "Toxic Garbage Island" from the CD setlist.



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