Gojira
Magma


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (127 Reviews)
June 17th, 2016 | 812 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Magma” solidifies the fact that Gojira are in a league of their own.

Over the course of a decade, France’s Gojira have grown to represent the next stage of heavy music’s evolution. If you’ve seen them live then nobody can dispute the fact that for all the technical brilliance of their peers such as Mastodon and Lamb of God, there’s something so emotive and soulful about whatever the Duplantier brothers do that makes it seem like Gojira are in a complete league of their own. With their sixth album, “Magma”, they continue to traverse to further lands that are so eloquently dominant over the ocean of modern metal bands out there.

Just like the layered tectonic structure of the Earth, “Magma” has been crafted upon foundations of varying emotions. On the surface you've got Gojira simply evolving their hammering sound into more simplistic rhythms, like ‘Stranded’, while sounding just as heavy as before. But, beneath the surface is a natural ebbing progression that lies deep in the roots of the Mt. Gojira. On ‘The Cell’ and title track you’ve got Mario’s inevitably stellar technicality on drums but it’s the wisps of guitar from Christian Andreu on the title track or Jean-Michel Labadie’s murky bass in the previous song, ‘Yellow Stone’ that boils the intensity towards the special, heated captivation that only Gojira can conjure.

With “Magma”, the relationship of music and melody is solidified by the sad passing of the Duplantier brother's mother in 2015. Compared their brazenly heavy catalogue, this loss has impacted the mood of this album greatly. The intense emotions contort from a slow kindling fire to blazing infernos of rage that characterize the title of the album: something boiling and ready to erupt. The serene intro, ‘The Shooting Star’, with its longing lyrics of “When you get to the other side, please send a sign” and pensive riffs exemplifies the calmer and reflective side of the album while transitions between imposing vocals and explosive guitar slides on ‘Pray’, plus the screeching whammy hooks on ‘Only Pain’, identify the extreme and severe cascade of emotions from the same tragedy. Having been immortalised within this album, “Magma” feels more like a celebration rather than a mournful eulogy of Patricia Rosa Duplantier.

Though far from accessible, the music on “Magma” is just as diverse as ever. Mario’s drumming is endlessly meandering round each guitar hook that his brother, Joe, can throw at him and the sound of the bass lines-when exposed- can only be described as the echoes of the Earth’s plates grinding. Joe Duplantier also maintains the elasticity of his own riffing with death metal influences on ‘Silvera’ and progresses the flexibility of his tender clean vocals in various occasions throughout “Magma” with success, particularly in ‘Low Lands’.

Would Gojira be the same beast that they are now without the conviction behind the music? No. Their ferocious environmental beliefs and maternal spiritual guidance on “Magma” are matched only by the sophistication of their instrumentation. Here, the music acts as a medium to which their messages are conveyed in a way that only makes Gojira’s songs all the more compelling. Music and passion: one cannot live without the other.



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SacredSerenity
June 17th 2016


518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Exactly my thoughts on the record

Moge
June 17th 2016


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really well written review, album is dope.

Have a pos.

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KevinKC
June 17th 2016


613 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a well written review (posed), although, your closing statement feels a bit forced in my opinion.



And God am I tired of hearing of their mother's death ! The subject was tackled in every single interview or article that announced the album since last year. This album should have been called "Mum died and we are sad."









parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album, good review.



"for all the technical brilliance of their peers such as Mastodon and Lamb of God"

bad line, this band is far more technical than bland of god, even going back to their first two albums, and occasionally more technical than mastodon as well.

anyway pos'd

Crysis
Emeritus
June 17th 2016


17229 Comments


for all the technical brilliance of their peers such as Mastodon and Lamb of God


wat

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parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

woah it's crysis m/

Moge
June 17th 2016


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah

Tunaboy45
June 17th 2016


14789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very excited to give this a listen later on today, great review.

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bgillesp
June 17th 2016


322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just checked it out on Youtube and I definitely plan on picking it up later today at the cd shop. I'd put this one above TWoAF, but I need more listens to decide if I like it as much as Terra Incognita or From Mars to Sirius. Great review as well.

Dizchu
June 17th 2016


254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I dunno man, Lamb of God's guitarists are definitely no slouches.



Most technical thing about Gojira is the drumming, by far. Their riffs are actually quite simple and they're even simpler on this album. I never really understood why Gojira got the "technical" label.

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MO
June 17th 2016


21623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

album is solid enough



only pain, t/t and pray are fucking bangers

parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I dunno man, Lamb of God's guitarists are definitely no slouches."



i dunno man, these guys shit on them. although i agree the riffs on this are weaker. drums rule hard tho.

craigtotheposta
June 17th 2016


40 Comments


I didn't dig the first two singles but I'm amped to give this a try.

parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

silvera might be the best song on this all things considered, but give it a try regardless

MO
June 17th 2016


21623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

haha comparing lamb of god to gojira is fuckign retarded. they play complete different styles



parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah one of em chugs and the other is actually good

Rastapunk
June 17th 2016


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the the smaller revs like this one, straight to the point yet full of arguments. Well written, have a pos. Album is AOTY so far for me.

parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

woah

bloc
June 17th 2016


41083 Comments


Lol damn RYM is harsh on this

parksungjoon
June 17th 2016


5130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

to no one's surprise...



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