GOJIRA

(FRANCE)

MAGMA

(2016)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

DEATH METAL

TAGS:
Hovering, Intimist, Melancholic
"Gojira offers a record of great emotional strength, full of mysticism, becoming more atmospheric and accessible without ever losing its musical identity."
NOISE (03.06.2016)  
5/5
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If there is a very awaited record, it is the one of Gojira, four years after "Enfant Sauvage" which, although hard to digest, had confirmed their status of great international band.  For this last album, Gojira had come to the end of a process and it seemed necessary (if not vital) that they open a new chapter in their career. So he has been on the road relentlessly and used this time to compose his sixth album, trying to push the limits of this wall of sound that characterizes him.

"Magma" is very different from its predecessor. The Gojira touch is of course instantly identifiable, but the band chose to explore a new way. The record is a perfect example of the band's art. It allows to find all the elements making its strength with an important place made to the atmospheres and the ambiances, always with this power which characterizes it, but more in retreat. The songs are also shorter, going straight to the point.

The mystical journey begins with 'The Shooting Star'. This track sounds like the soundtrack of a science fiction movie and impresses with Joe Duplantier's pure clear vocals and a dark and chilling atmosphere.  After this opening, the band makes us dive into the heart of their soul, being vulnerable as rarely, but always keeping this huge strength. On 'Silvera', 'The Cell' and 'Only Pain', Gojira show their metallic side on short tracks featuring drums and mastodon riffs that they have the secret of. Joe presents his perfectly mastered screamed vocals. But even on these tracks, the wall of sound is no longer appropriate and the violence is tinged with atmospheric. Only in the middle of the album, 'Stranded' shows a Gojira with a more classic death metal face for an excellent result.

Because next to it, mysticism is the main thing: from 'Yellow Stone', a very aerial interlude, to 'Pray' and 'Low Lands', Gojira explores its atmospheric side. Between a very pure clear vocal, very cold atmospheric moments and some more violent passages like on the final of 'Low Lands', Gojira takes us to the guts. The quintessence of this journey is done with 'Magma', a long and very melancholic piece leaving the violence aside in favor of ethereal atmospheres. The journey ends with a very beautiful and fragile 'Liberation'.

With "Magma", Gojira offers us a more accessible record. The power is there but it has diluted in this mystical journey of a rare intensity. We were waiting for the ultimate opus of the band, the one that could make them change dimension again: "Magma" could be that album!
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Shooting Star
02. Silvera
03. The Cell
04. Stranded
05. Yellow Stone
06. Magma
07. Pray
08. Only Pain
09. Low Lands
10. Liberation

LINEUP:
Christian Andreu : Guitares
Jean-Michel Labadie: Basse
Joe Duplantier: Chant / Guitares
Mario Duplantier: Batterie
   
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