Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage

Gojira have celebrated the 10th anniversary of their creation last year, hailing from France the band have released a total of four prior full-length releases and a handful of other things like EPs, singles and a demo. The Way of All Flesh, their 2008 effort, skyrocketed the group into instantaneous fame and soon became the band on the tip of tongues worldwide. L'Enfant Sauvage is the fifth and latest full-length to be added to Gojira's discography, does it deserve to be in yours?

Genre: Progressive/Groove/Death Metal
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
  1. Explosia
  2. L'Enfant Sauvage
  3. The Axe
  4. Liquid Fire
  5. The Wild Healer
  6. Planned Obsolescence
  7. Mouth of Kala
  8. The Gift of Guilt
  9. Pain Is a Master
  10. Born in Winter
  11. The Fall
Total Playtime: 52 minutes, 25 seconds




Rating: 6.0/10






Gojira have celebrated the 10th anniversary of their creation last year, hailing from France the band have released a total of four prior full-length releases and a handful of other things like EPs, singles and a demo. The Way of All Flesh, their 2008 effort, skyrocketed the group into instantaneous fame and soon became the band on the tip of tongues worldwide. L'Enfant Sauvage is the fifth and latest full-length to be added to Gojira's discography, does it deserve to be in yours?

It can go ahead and be said that the entirety of L'Enfant Sauvage has clear production with depth and track separation, the musicians are adept with their respective instruments, and there is a luminous energy and passion that surrounds the music. Gojira have constantly evolved throughout their 11 year reign, and while they still incorporate groove riffs with the heaviness of death styled bass and drumming, the band have moved onto a more heavy melodic death metal sound that is influenced by melodic death legends such as In Flames and Amorphis.


While the content that lies within this recent effort is decent, it's laminated with highly generic overtones and showcases homogeneity throughout. Expect to hear an audible environment thriving with pick slides, alternated picking sections, clean vocal choruses and verses, and minor guitar effects that attempt to bring the listener back to the music. "The Gift of Guilt", being one of the highlight tracks, has a nifty part that incorporates the use of slider effects to bring attention back to the music, sliding down the neck of the guitar before quickly going back up and down again in a sort of jerk sensation.

"Explosia", "The Axe", "Mouth of Kala" and the title track "L'Enfant Sauvage", along with the track mentioned prior, "The Gift of Guilt", have been given the most stand-out composures amongst the eleven songs present. There is some really heavy double bass drumming, wrist snapping fast tremolo picking, a few neat guitar effects, and a driving bass to tie it all together.

Is the content on L'Enfant Sauvage bad? No, it is generically decent material that's sorely lacking anything truly memorable or outstanding. Even though this is one of the shorter Gojira albums, the songs feel elongated with filler and no real defined atmosphere or mood and except for the highlights mentioned above most of the tracks feed off one another, becoming redundant. Gojira fan or not, this one is a pass.

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