Gojira | The Way of All Flesh (Prosthetic)

cd_gojira.jpgIn a sense, the album is a continuation of their previous album.







For those worried about what singer Joe Duplantier has been saying about the Gojira’s new album The Way of All Flesh being more mellow, or hinting that they have taken a different approach and that fans of the Terra Incognita days are going to be disappointed, have no fear. For this album is far from that — unless, of course, you count following the likes of Meshuggah and Morbid Angel going soft. From the opening riff of "Oroborus" to the closing of the title track, Gojira takes you on a journey of death, not straying too far from the path of their previous albums. Duplantier states, "The whole album is about death; death is like a step on the path of the soul. The mystery surrounding this phenomenon is just so inspiring, and death is the most common thing on earth."

In a sense, the album is a continuation of their previous album From Mars to Sirius. Not only do Duplantier’s lyrics focus on the death of humanity, but also the death of our planet, in hopes that it may help change the way people treat the earth. Songs like "Adoration for None," the collaboration with Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, shows this best. Such lines as "everyone is doing their best to destroy it" make it clear: Not only does Duplantier have a passion for his land, but has a great knowledge as to what is going on in the world around him.

This album has what it takes to be a metal album that goes down in history as being influential for up-and-coming bands. Duplantier and Christian Andreu have written guitar riffs that fit in with elements from each of their past albums; these are complimented nicely with Jean Michel Labadie’s bass and Mario Duplantier’s drumming, the latter of which will knock you off your feet at first listen. There’s a beast coming and its name is Gojira. | Nick Licata

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