Never failing to deliver magmatic eruptions of lyricism with a satiating instrumental technicality, French progressive death-metal band Gojira is an alternative act not to be missed through the periscopes of discerning metal fans. In their iconic 2005 album, From Mars to Sirius, Gojira marked a thoughtful instant in metal meiosis when the soul-wrenching rumble of electricity and guttural vocals conjoined with annotations on environmental destruction and social catharsis. With the earlier album as a decisive factor in putting Gojira on the map, the result is an articulate movement into the introspective 2012 release of L’Enfant Sauvage.
Characteristic of the band, the lyrics on L’Enfant Sauvage are a realistic, and rather intimate, portrayal of personal conflict and the desire to thrive as a conscious and complete human. Gojira graciously avoids delivering self-consuming messages of decay and fascinations with the morbid that tend to promiscuously abound in the genre. L’Enfant Sauvage serves rather as a potent elixir that, without indulgence, explores inner paradox and the desire for righteous life. It may initially seem absurd to call Gojira an incarnation of positivity, however, a peek at their astute lyrics makes such a venture enormously justified.
The album’s namesake track forms an exposition to L’Enfant Sauvage with a startling clarity that many can relate to. The critical motif comes in recognizing that suppressed anger, caused or fueled by lack of direction in an incomprehensible world, is only temporal. If anything, this prevalent theme indicates to a very healthy mentality advocated in Gojira’s lyrics, where in recognition of the negativity we all harbour and are capable of, it is possible to transcend human-created conditions. The overcoming power, made especially evident in the cornerstone album From Mars to Sirius, is always nature in all her organic justice and balance.
The band’s personal evolution is reflected in the diminished presence of existential fear reflected in their lyrics– in its place, an increase of soaring confidence in human potential. “Planned Obsolescence“ is a breathtaking testament to hope for renewal and unification in the face of crumbled illusion, a message which projects itself into the rousing tides of “Born in Winter“. All the spirited reminders and pep-talks of the previous tracks, and even fore-running albums, become all the more emotionally urgent with the conclusive track, “The Fall“, which scorchingly disassembles even as we are reminded of the fleeting nature of being.
Constructing an ambitious pedestal for its genre, Gojira’s compelling lyrics rely on flawlessly executed composition that is well-constructed and smooth to anticipate. Earlier albums have been noted for a pervading groove that makes it easy to amble along the full course, and this is certainly not an aspect lacking in L’Enfant Sauvage. What really sets this band apart is how easy it is to correlate the eruptive complexity of the instrumentals with the sensitivity of the lyrics. Not once does it seem like an awkward mess of emotive sludge pretentiously tacked onto a demanding genre. Gojira’s L’Enfant Sauvage is raw and accessible, embodying a message of soulful perseverance and personal growth in the face of fear and change.
Joe Duplantier – vocals, guitar
Christian Andreu – guitar
Jean-Michelle Labadie – bass
Mario Duplantier – drums
For more information on Gojira:
Official Website: http://www.gojira-music.com/