March 13, 2007

GOJIRA, "From Mars To Sirius"

Gojira was formed in 1996 in Bayonne, France by brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier, who played guitar and drums respectively. They were joined by guitarist Christian Andreu, who had seen the brothers perform live. Originally called Godzilla, they were forced to change their name due to legal disputes. They decided on the closest name to the original, which was Gojira (The original Japanese name of the popular science fiction creature.)

Musically, the band plays a mixture of several different types of music, including death metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, and metalcore, but there are also more atmospheric sections to many songs in a similar style to the American metal band Mastodon. They also utilize a range of different vocal styles, from deep death grunts, to higher pitched screaming, and from coarse singing, to much cleaner vocals.

Lyrically, the band deals with subjects such as the environment and how people treat it. In particular, their latest album From Mars To Sirius has many songs which lyrically show a concern about human-induced climate change and how it could affect our planet.

Easily a saving grace to the current state of metal music. A huge breath of fresh air.

Gojira, From Mars To Sirius
(Prosthetic Records, 2005)

01. Ocean Planet
02. Backbone
03. From The Sky
04. Unicorn
05. Where Dragons Dwell
06. The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe
07. Flying Whales
08. In The Wilderness
09. World To Come
10. From Mars
11. To Sirius
12. Global Warming

1 comment:

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