I've heard a lot of negative things about this record. I've heard that it's long, it can be boring, and the music is repetitive. After listening to this record and giving it time to sink in, I can understand why someone would think this would be boring. But, at the same time I would only think that only an impatient listener would consider this boring. This concept album, is too interesting once you understand the story to ever be called boring. The record can be long but only if you are not used to listening to bludgeoning metal or if you aren't interested in the lyrics. Can the music be repetitive? Only if you are half listening to the music. The drumming may be a little bit repetitive at times but not one song on this album sounds the same as the next. This album is a great album but you have to give it time to sink in. It's probably not going to come to you immediately and will require multiple listens. However, once it does finally sink in, this is one of those albums that will reward your ears for doing so.
Gojira are one of the few death metal bands as of late that I can say are unique and doing something new and creative. From Mars To Sirius is certainly the band's best release to date and will please metalheads of all sorts in one way or another.
So little variation leaves a lot to be desired here. The pro is that it's like listening to a mountain actually spawn from the earth's crust. The con is that it's just a boring mountain. Huge in scope, ferocious in style, but just plain boring in the end.
This is a great album. Anyone who is looking for something different, as well as anyone who can appreciate great metal should check them out. I can't think of anyone to compare them too, maybe slightly (and please don't take this the wrong way) but slighty Mastodon-like with the vocals, mainly in the sense that he can really sing his growls. Perhaps a comparison to Phil Anselmo could even fit. As for the music, well, just check them out. The only reason I didn't rate this higher is because it is a long album with some long songs, and I get a little A.D.D. with some of the tracks. Regardless, this album is awesome, and a must own for the true metal-head.
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