GOJIRA – L’ENFANT SAUVAGE
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Death metal is arguably the best adaptation of the Metal sound along-with Thrash, and the sub-genre is very much standing on the foundation of its harsh guttural vocals and is the god-father of many sub-sub genres that were spawned because of it. Since the advent of personalizing and adding unique touches to Death metal, Gojira have in fact taken a different turn, as they successfully bridged a link between Death Metal and modern day groove, which makes them this unique.
Gojira and Cynic are two of the best examples of bands that take the use of a Vocoder (Vocal Processor) to a different level altogether. The incorporation of sample-like death screams running through the vocoder into the traditional death metal sound would never sound so tasty and unique without execution as proficient as Gojira‘s.
Their current offering L’enfant Sauvage is ‘smart’ to describe in one word. The lyrical themes (which Gojira is also known for) supremely surpass all of their previous albums and combine the environment and aggression which lays the foundation to this strong album. Being one of the bands that aims at constantly evolving their sound, taking influences from Death, Thrash and Progressive metal , this album is a good example of the perfect union of heaviness and melody. The fans that they may have lost in their The Way of All Flesh album are bound to be getting back in line due to the way this album has been made produced. For example the track “Born In Winter” has a haunting riff which runs melodically through the entire track with the deep vocoder voice.
On the other hand, the tracks “Explosia”, “L’enfant Sauvage” and “Liquid Fire” are explosive and full of progressive metal, death-metal’s finest elements and gripping melody. So also the drums sound too tasty to believe on this record , especially the “Mouth of Kala” track where the very first snare-hit till the last cymbal crash has a solid journey. The album finishes with elegance as the track “The Fall” has a very catchy chorus and a explosive ending. Production-wise the album has been mixed efficiently but the bass tones could have been more evident.
The concept of ‘band tightness’ takes a whole new dimension because of the twin brothers in Gojira , i.e Joe Duplantier (Vocals, Guitars) and Mario Duplantier (Drums), as they weave their talent yet again in this release. The band which is arguably called one of the finest and tightest bands live , has their secret in the brotherhood of these two talented musicians. Their ever-evolving music and magnetic stage presence is beyond words. See the band’s The Flesh Alive DVD set if you haven’t yet experienced this (It releases in America July 31).
The album was one of the most anticipated and hyped albums of 2012 and it delivers the promises quite strongly. From someone who hears them for the first time to their sworn fans , this perfect merger of brutality and melodic layers will help strengthen and widen Gojira’s fan base to celestial levels. Since every artist is compulsively compared to their prior works (which is not a good routine) and Gojira will be too, the juxtaposition will only bring out the fact that the band is just growing with each release, musically and commercially.