Review Summary: I once heard someone review this album with the sentence "Gojira is so heavy it will kill you, burn down your summer home and eat your pets". I couldn't have said it better myself.
I'm going to start with a bold statement: This album is fantastic.
I'm not one to be overly hyped by stuff, nor to just give out perfect scores, but this album truly deserves it.
This is why:
The first song I heard from this album, and, at the same time, the forst Gojira song I heard at all, was Vacuity. I instantly fell in love with it, so much that I heard it from YouTube from my computer standing on a closet near my bed, pressing "play" everytime the song had finished, until I fell to sleep. THat's how much I loved that song, and it was the only reason I bought the album.
I didn't really expect much from "the other songs" but I was blown away: Vacuity, despite instantly being one of my favourite songs, bleaked in comparisson to the rest of the album.
First off, the CD is very, very heavy. It's agressive, and it's heading straight for you. The drums are especially outstanding on this album.
The starter, Oroborus, shows off some amazing guitarplay, as if to give a taste of just how good Gojira is technically, while progressing into a very catchy death-metal song.
The follow-up, Toxic Garbage Island, is extremely heavy and well executed. It never gets boring and just pounds away like a freight-train going from the music to your brain.
A Sight to Behold is the weirdest song on the album, as it sounds like a cross between death metal and techno; something I normally wouldn't care for, but Gojira really pulls it off and creates perhaps one of the best tracks on the album.
Yama's Messenger and All The Tears are straight-forwards, no bull***, balls to the wall death metal songs, something that Gojira does extremely well. Enough said.
Dividing them, however, is The Silver Cord, which seems to be an interlude. It's very soft, melodic and peacefull, with no singing, as if to make you calm and relaxed. It somehow doesn't seem out of place, it's just different from the rest of the album. You know that "soft" song that's always on a metal-record" Perhaps this is meant to be it, just simplified and cut short. It could easily be compared to Unicorn from From Mars to Sirius.
After All The Tears comes Adoration For None, which blew me right out of the water. It is difficult to pick the best song from the album, but this is a strong contender. The singer from Lamb of God sings in duet with Joseph Duplaniter, and it works flawlessly. It starts off heavy on stays that way to the end.
Next is the ten-minutes long The Art of Dying, which starts out with tribal-style drums, building up to the first chaotic verse and then into a more melodic main-part of the song. A lot of the track is purely instrumental, and it works great with musucians of this level. The drummer, Mario Duplantier, really shows off some highly impressive skills on this track, and it is perhaps my favourite of the bunch.
Esoteric Surgery is faster and more melodic than most of the others, which is not at all a bad thing as it is executed properly, as I would expect from Gojira. It is perhaps the most accesible song on the album, together with Vacuity, but it's still heavy as hell.
Vacuity is a pounding, heavy, ear-smashing track, and I love every second of it. If you haven't heard it, go now: It's a great way to be lured into the magic world of Gojira.
Wolf Down The Earth is nothing special, and is propably the most "boring" song on the disc (that's not saying a lot, mind you).
The last song, The Way of All Flesh, is like extremely heavy and classic Gojira. It's a great song, nothing more needs to be said.
I once heard someone review this album with the sentence "Gojira is so heavy it will kill you, burn down your summer home and eat your pets". I couldn't have said it better myself.
All ion all, this is my favourite album of all time. So there you have it; a flawless 10/10