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Gojira

July 2nd, 2012

Formed:
1996 in Bayonne, France

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Gojira

Biography

Taking their name from the original Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla, French heavy metal quartet Gojira have risen from utmost obscurity during the first half of their career to widespread global recognition in the second, including regular mention amongst the genre's leading new millennium upstarts. Originating from the town of Bayonne, on France's southernmost Atlantic Ocean coastline, Gojira recorded the first in a sequence of almost yearly demos in 1996, gradually honing their sound until the year 2000, when bandmembers Joe Duplantier (vocals/guitar), Christian Andreu (guitar), Jean-Michel Labadie (bass), and Mario Duplantier (drums), felt ready to record their first album, Terra Incognita, relying solely on their own devices. And despite its independent status, the aptly named LP made significant waves with its unpredictable blend of death, thrash, groove, progressive, and math metal — recalling bands as diverse as Pantera, Meshuggah, Suffocation and Sepultura. Still, it took several years (and a curious detour into soundtrack music on 2003's Maciste All Inferno EP) for the metal world to catch on, and even Gojira's second album, The Link, had to be released through tiny independent, Boycott Records, before being reissued by Listenable. (This was followed by 2004's The Link Alive live album and DVD, whose audio component was limited to 500 copies — a parting shot for Boycott.) Now finally gathering steam, Gojira saw their third full-length, From Mars to Sirius, enter the French charts at number 44, while collecting the most enthusiastic reviews of their career — a level of acclaim that led, in turn, to numerous key European festival appearances, and lengthy European and North American tours with bands like Obituary, Hatesphere, Children of Bodom, and Machine Head, to name but a few. By the end of the album's long promotional cycle, Gojira were widely acknowledged as a force to be reckoned with, on-stage and in the studio, and their much anticipated fourth LP, The Way of All Flesh (released stateside by Prosthetic Records), made a strong showing by debuting at number 138 on the American charts, in October 2008.

Top Albums

L'enfant sauvage (Special Edition), Gojira
1. L'enfant sau..
L'enfant sauvage, Gojira
2. L'enfant sau..
The Way of All Flesh, Gojira
3. The Way of A..
From Mars to Sirius, Gojira
4. From Mars to..
The Link, Gojira
5. The Link
L'enfant sauvage - Single, Gojira
6. L'enfant sau..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
L'enfant sauvageL'enfant sauvage (Speci..4:17$1.29
2.
This Emptiness (Bonus Track)L'enfant sauvage (Speci..3:59$1.29
3.
ExplosiaL'enfant sauvage (Speci..6:39$1.29
4.
My Last Creation (Bonus Track)L'enfant sauvage (Speci..4:08$1.29
5.
AxeL'enfant sauvage (Speci..4:34$1.29
6.
Born In WinterL'enfant sauvage (Speci..3:51$1.29
7.
Gift of GuiltL'enfant sauvage (Speci..5:56$1.29
8.
L'enfant sauvageL'enfant sauvage - Sing..4:17$1.29
9.
Planned ObsolescenceL'enfant sauvage (Speci..4:39$1.29
10.
Art of DyingWay of All Flesh9:54$0.99
11.
Ocean PlanetFrom Mars to Sirius5:32$0.99
12.
FallL'enfant sauvage (Speci..5:25$1.29
13.
Mouth of KalaL'enfant sauvage (Speci..5:51$1.29
14.
Liquid FireL'enfant sauvage (Speci..4:17$1.29
15.
VacuityWay of All Flesh4:51$0.99
16.
Toxic Garbage IslandWay of All Flesh4:06$0.99
17.
Flying WhalesFrom Mars to Sirius7:44$0.99
18.
BackboneFrom Mars to Sirius4:18$0.99
19.
Pain Is a MasterL'enfant sauvage (Speci..5:07$1.29
20.
FallL'enfant sauvage5:25$1.29
21.
Born In WinterL'enfant sauvage3:51$1.29
22.
Pain Is a MasterL'enfant sauvage5:07$1.29
23.
Gift of GuiltL'enfant sauvage5:56$1.29
24.
Mouth of KalaL'enfant sauvage5:51$1.29
25.
Planned ObsolescenceL'enfant sauvage4:39$1.29

Top Music Videos

L'Enfant Sauvage, Gojira
1. L'Enfant Sauva..


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