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Gojira The Way Of All Flesh


01. Oroborus 02. Toxic Garbage Island 03. A Sight To Behold 04. Yama's Messengers 05. The Silver Cord 06. All The Tears 07. Adoration For None 08. The Art Of Dying 09. Esoteric Surgery 10. Vacuity 11. Wolf Down The Earth 12. The Way Of All Flesh
2008 Prosthetic Records
Our score 8

10/12/2008

France's Gojira pounced upon the international stage with 2006's From Mars To Sirius. Blending the tech tendencies of Meshuggah, the grinding lurch of Neurosis, and the formidable virtuosity of Morbid Angel, the band created unique songs out of disparate influences. They staked their claim to a parcel of land in the continually growing real estate of "prog-metal," home to such bands as Isis, Mastodon, Intronaut and Baroness. These are bands flying the metal flag proudly while boldly pushing their songs beyond the outdated borders of death metal, thrash, grindcore, tech metal, etc. These are exciting times in heavy music and Gojira deliver what could be the most satisfyingly multifaceted metal record of 2008. The Way Of All Flesh is a meticulously crafted and expertly executed record: dense in nuances and bursting with dynamics. The record requires undivided attention and thorough examination, an effort that rewards the listener with a bounty of musical treasures buried within. That isn't to say the album lacks immediate moments of total musical ecstasy: opener "Oroborus" features whirling hammer-on guitar riffs that buzz like helicopter blades over the undulating percussion. It's easily the catchiest and most daunting track the band has written. What follows is a vertiginous array of metal, from blast-beat volleys to crunching dirge breakdowns. Vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier drapes the music in his guttural roars, though with more melodic departures than previously heard. Drummer Mario Duplantier seems to benefit most from the dazzling production. He adds jazz flourishes amidst the brutal assaults, sounding like a mix of Buddy Rich and Tomas Haake. Joe Duplantier and Christian Andreu also up the axe ante, piling on frenzied riff patterns and squealing leads. "Vacuity" serves as one of the more extreme examples of the contrasting dichotomy between the guitars and the rhythm section (sounding beefier than ever thanks to bassist Jean-Michel Labadie's aggressive performance). The coalescing of their diverging parts is staggering and majestic. Indeed, Gojira have turned up the tech knob on this album. Only Meshuggah (an obvious influence) better displays such a tenacious grip on precision in the face of spiraling time signatures. Though they've taken their metal to new heights, the band strives to diversify their already varied resume. "A Sight To Behold" introduces an industrial side. The song begins with basic a rock beat, synthesizers and robot-vocals that then collapse beneath aguitar-lathered avalanche. "The Silver Chord" serves as a dark instrumental sojourn and the eye of the musical storm. Perhaps thanks in part to Joe Duplantier joining the Cavalera Conspiracy, the album shows flashes of influence from Roots-era Sepultura, particularly on the didgeridoo and tribal drum intro to "The Art Of Dying." As musically adventurous as The Way Of All Flesh is, the lyrics remain routine for Gojira. They continue their lyrical eco-warrior pursuits. While some of the words paint a picture of despair and hopelessness, they still manage to persevere in the face of rampant environmental degradation and societal devastation. Joe Duplantier shouts like a self-help guru: "Now you know you are the one to change the face of the world" and "You have the power to heal yourself." Those may seem tired sentiments. Yet they exude a hair-standing-on-the-back-of-your-neck electric shock effect when delivered this passionately. At the very least Gojira addresses topics beyond the mundane nihilism of most metal, black, death, thrash or otherwise. Though rich in attributes, The Way Of All Flesh is a long album. Attention spans have attenuated remarkably and it's hard to predict if the audiences in 2008 can fully digest and appreciate a record over an hour in length. Some tracks would have benefited from shedding a minute or two. The second half of the record in particular bulges with questionably long jams. Nevertheless, it's a minor gripe. And Justice For All felt like an eternity yet has stood the test of time. This record lifts Gojira into that pantheon. Bottom Line: Gojira give us their best record yet. It might just be the best metal record 2008. Given their boundless musical talent and artistic vision, it's no surprise this album is so intricate, diverse and kick ass.

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Sarah_Palin_ 10/12/2008 10:20:52 PM

It's good, but I don't know about 8/10 good.


jdsfdsajfoi_ 10/12/2008 11:10:31 PM

More like casey boreland.


anonymous 10/12/2008 11:22:37 PM

15% interesting, 85% boring as shit. 6/10


upperdeckered_ 10/12/2008 11:26:44 PM

Unnecessary Metallica reference at the end there. Solid album though.


HB_Dad_ 10/13/2008 2:41:59 AM

Track 8 is absolutely amazing!!! I love the kind of "tribal" beats in the intro. Great album, one of this year's best!!!


dot357_ 10/13/2008 5:09:55 AM

It's very very good, but still their previous effort "from mars to sirius" is better... (so check out that cd!)


henrock_ 10/13/2008 6:16:52 AM

this band does nothing for me


losh666_ 10/13/2008 7:03:07 AM

this review is a joke!


faggotland_ 10/13/2008 8:03:48 AM

this cdi s definitely better than from mars. this cd surprised the shit out of me at how good it was


anonymous 10/13/2008 8:05:19 AM

Great album! f*ck the haters!


al_czervik_ 10/13/2008 8:31:18 AM

i agree, this album is f*cking sick.


justin_ 10/13/2008 11:00:27 AM

f*cking awesome cd


Godfather_ 10/13/2008 12:11:47 PM

Definitely deserves an 8... fantastic record.


Devin_ 10/13/2008 3:04:25 PM

Not sure if this is "the best metal record 2008," but it is certainly quite good. A well-deserved 8/10.


Rick Rock_ 10/13/2008 3:44:08 PM

Great record.


DickNasty_ 10/13/2008 7:23:47 PM

Painfully long record. Not very memorable. 5/10.


Godfather_ 10/13/2008 7:42:55 PM

You are all insufferable queers.


snortcokeoffmydick_ 10/14/2008 12:00:50 AM

Why the f*ck do we need these long ass reviews? Shit. Just take 100 words and say it's good or bad.


zombiesaretight_ 10/14/2008 4:08:21 AM

this album sucks. big let down compared to the last. new metal at its finest


hotslutswithtits_ 10/14/2008 9:20:32 PM

suck my dck


Dave2112_ 10/15/2008 11:58:14 AM

Ive listened to this album five times and Im convinced this comment "Drummer Mario Duplantier seems to benefit most from the dazzling production. He adds jazz flourishes amidst the brutal assaults, sounding like a mix of Buddy Rich and Tomas Haake" is one of the dumbest comments Ive ever read. 6/10


f28r06a42n12k_ 10/15/2008 1:06:09 PM

"the album shows flashes of influence from Roots-era Sepultura, particularly on the didgeridoo and tribal drum intro to "The Art Of Dying." - stopped after that.


Godfather_ 10/15/2008 1:51:38 PM

Dave mate, you are a chode cretin and frank/bill maybe listen to record instead of being swayed by a review on lambgoat.


Dave2112_ 10/15/2008 9:36:32 PM

Listen guy, you are obviously a fan, and hey, I like them, but comparing their drummer to Buddy Rich and Thomas Haake.... thats stretching reality. Thats like Slipknot fans swearing Joey from Slipknot is the greatest metal drummer on earth.


fuckfuckfuck_ 10/16/2008 4:24:06 AM

are you kidding me? 1.)Gojira give us their best record yet. false 2.)It might just be the best metal record 2008. The best metal record of 2008 gets 8/10. bad year for metal i guess.


Godfather_ 10/16/2008 3:14:29 PM

Actually, i was never taken with them, they bored the everloving shit out of me, this record changed all that so no, no fanboy here.... and Du Plantier is doing some insane off time shit on this record. Granted that comment is a bit strong, but a highly skilled drummer, none the less.


longcoldstare_ 10/16/2008 7:26:05 PM

From Mars to Sirius>Way of the Flesh, but Oroborus>


bob_ 10/17/2008 6:32:52 PM

This album sucks dck. Over produced, boring riffs.....no wonder gays like godfather dig it.


Godfather_ 10/20/2008 9:04:46 AM

Constructive, no really.


Dave2112_ 10/23/2008 7:28:25 AM

Hey, there is no argueing with that. I saw a Youtube clip of them which was Pro-shot and their drummer was incredibly tight and brutal. He has a really good knack for beat displacement and his sense of groove is, honestly, one of the best you'll hear in the metal genre. That said, Gojira is two albums into their career, comparing him to Buddy and Thomas now is more then a little premature. He is a awesome drummer though, no doubt.


Evander_ 10/24/2008 11:02:25 AM

An excellent album that was well worth the wait. The musicianship is off the charts. Please don't listen to the majority of negative comments here, they are baseless. This is excellent, absolutely artistic metal that is as heavy, aggressive, and powerful as the band is original. Cannot wait to see them live again - they overshadow every band they play with.


metaljunk7_ 10/27/2008 9:11:55 AM

15% interesting, 85% boring as shit. 6/10 posted by () on 10/12/2008 11:22:37 PM agleed


ecks_ 10/27/2008 11:14:44 PM

song 5 flip


ecks_ 10/27/2008 11:22:19 PM

^^^ song 3 flipped and took 5 out in the fiery explosion, luckily 6 through 12 seem unharmed in the disaster


Tc1_ 10/28/2008 12:42:40 PM

gojira kills!!!!!!!!


Dave_ 11/3/2008 7:33:44 AM

I hate the totally disgustingly ugly vocal effects they use on some tracks. My god they make it sound like total crap. It's like Cher.


VishxBlood_ 11/24/2008 3:34:47 PM

These guys are a bunch of metal but f*cks. f*ck anyone who likes this metal shit. HARDCORE 4ever mutha f*ckas!!!