Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage (2012)

Gojira continues to make a huge impact in the metal scene as they drop their long awaited new album, Entitled "L'Enfant Sauvage." The band manages to keep their sound where you can recognize that it's them immediately however they also get very creative with their structures and patterns along with each bridge and breakdown. You'll definitely want to get up and mosh to this one.

The album opens up with "Explosia" sendin harsh guitar riffs screeching with distortion. Booming double bass pedals roll in with complex riffs leaving you bobbing your head for sure. There's a groovy bass line in the background that will completely knock you on your ass. The tempo switches up constantly keeping you at the edge of your seat the entire time. Rough shouting growls pick up the verses with an aggressive delivery. Chugging guitars take over during the bridge as they throw bone crushing riffs at you from all direction. This six and and half minute track is definitely the way to open up an album.

Up next is "L'Enfant Sauvage" which starts out quiet but quickly shatters you speakers with a mixture of crashing cymbals, fast pace double bass pedals and thunderous guitar riffs. The cool thing about the vocals is that even tho they are violent and blaring in your face, they are pretty clear and easy to understand the actual lyrics. Another element that you'll definitely want to pay close attention to is the drumming in this track. Crazy patterns of toms and snares beat you into the grown with overwhelming speed and power. The guitar work is amazing as well. They constantly throw in short melodies in between verses giving it a catchy tune. Then the vocals come through and completely destroy you.

Songs like "The Axe" and "Planned Obsolescence" will completely sweep you off your feet with the damaging guitar riffs and ridiculously fast double bass pedals. Each track runs through you faster than you'll even realize. They give you absolutely no time to breathe as they stay relentless throughout their entirety. There is also some haunting clean vocals in "Planned Obsolescence" with strange filters on top adding a very odd sound to the voice. They then switch right back to the brutal growls they you know and love. The track will definitely get your blood pumping. "Mouth Of Kala" is another must hear track. This one pounds away at you with constant double bass pedals while messy distorted guitars take over the background with beastly riffs. The vocals rip you to shreds with more wicked shouting growls. Don't be surprised when you find yourself hitting the repeat button multiple times.

Gojira has continued their diverse art work giving you tons of strange and unusual sounds with their guitars and other instruments. It seems that they get better and better with every new album. "L'Enfant Sauvage" definitely goes above and beyond their previous work. The song structures are complicated and filled with surprises as the music constantly knocks you down and picks you up again. This is definitely an album you don't want to miss.


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