Saturday, December 27, 2008

Gojira - The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

Ah, the mighty Gojira. Where do we start with this one? If you were impressed with From Mars to Sirius, then watch out.

If you haven't listened to this French prog/death outfit, you're probably already familiar with the drill: it sounds like Opeth at times, like Meshuggah at others, and it's overloaded with melody and insane syncopations; only Gojira is unreal, killer-good.

The Way of All Flesh is rooted in death metal but not limited to it. The records has diverse and numerous vocal styles in addition to the artful arrangements. Gojira is a musically-smart band.

The song "Toxic Garbage Island" is an epic. "A Sight to Behold" sounds almost like the sort of thing Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails were trying to do back in the 1990s, but with balls this time. "Yama's Messengers" sounds like Morbid Angel's mid-paced, but not sludgy, moments.

Speaking of "A Sight to Behold", listen to the lead. It's not a solo. It's the lead guitarist playing a lead track that leads the band, but also blends into the mosaic of the song. I love band that can pull that off.

Gojira blasts. They have somber, acoustic passages. They're weird as fuck and heavy as shit. What's not to love?

Here's the Mediafire link. Stay tuned for Hatred Surge-Collection 2005-07 and the Top Ten of 2008, coming up next!

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