Gojira – ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’


If Gojira were an applicant for a job, they would be the ideal candidate. Despite a four year break from creating their previous masterpieces, it’s apparent that they are consistent, reliable and ridiculously hard working when it comes to producing extreme metal that is hard to pigeon-hole into a certain sub-genre. In fact, the patience we had to endure for ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ was probably due to the perfectionism of the Frenchman and it was totally worth it. Their death metal tendencies are contrasted by lyrical themes of life and the environment, creating a sonic relationship similar to that of beauty and the beast.

Opening track ‘Explosia’ proves Gojira won’t delay in starting from where they left off on the previous ‘The Way of All Flesh’, with an explosive start of the signature guitar picking and mammoth riffs. Title track ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ was released as a taster for the album earlier on, getting fans’ tongues wagging and ears ringing, as the ideal example of what was to come from the album regarding speed, strength and Mario’s super polyrhythms. The rest of the album manages to impersonate the ocean waves, breaking from the calm into a musical storm, as tracks like ‘The Wild Healer’ and ‘Pain Is A Master’ show the more mellow and trippy atmospheres which are reminiscent of parts of ‘The Link’.

The finale comes in the shape of ‘The Fall’, a longer tune which manages to create possibly the most psychedelic aura of the album without losing any brutality. Admittedly, Gojira have kept to a structure and style that has followed them from their debut but quite frankly, if they did change, they wouldn’t be Gojira. The fact their ideas, talent and general presence in the music scene is something that should be praised and it’s unlikely you’ll find a live act that can top them, they are true all-rounders.

Reviewed by Lily Randall

‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ is out June 25th on Roadrunner Records

You’ll like this if… you agree the band are Gojiramazing. Or just if you want something made of pedrigree heaviness.

This was published for Soundshock.com


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