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L'Enfant Sauvage

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The French metal act Gojira, easily one of the most buzzed about and beloved extreme bands of the past five years, have revealed L'Enfant Sauvage as the title of their Roadrunner Records debut. The title translates to "The Wild Child." The album, which features 11 mind bending metal tracks, is scheduled to land in stores on June 26.
"With freedom comes responsibility, so I'm asking myself, 'What is freedom? What does it mean to me?' L'Enfant Sauvage reflects on that. There's no answer though. There's just life and questions." Regarding the musical direction of the new GOJIRA material, Duplantier said, "It's more mature . . . There's less bulls**t. [laughs] There's more intensity and simplicity at the same time.


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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B007XHWNTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on June 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Some might be wondering how (and if) Gojira's music has been affected by their move to Roadrunner Records from Prosthetic Records on which they released their finest albums, From Mars to Sirius and The Way of All Flesh. Here's my 2 cents...

L'Enfant Sauvage (roughly translated as The Savage Infant) retains all the characteristics of the Gojira sound their fans have come to love and respect over the years. It just puts on display another side of their current sonic vision. On first listen, the songs may feel like they lack a clear melodic focus or the maelstrom of fierce riffing complemented by aggressive vocals. However, the album does present strong melodies and details upon repeat listens. The compositions still bear all the hallmarks of the band's unique brand of metal while perhaps branching off into more experimental territory in places. Rather than focusing on achieving single-minded fury, aggression, or heaviness, the songs are more nuanced, constantly shifting and evolving. The stream of melodious riffing of the opening track "Explosia" is broken down into hypnotic instrumental passages informed by an enchanting clean guitar harmony which slowly morphs into a repetitive guitar drone cast over a landscape of sound textures and background effects towards the finale. Perhaps this is not their greatest album opener, but a very fitting one for this particular album nonetheless.

Still, even in the initial plays, there are moments that will catch your attention. The second the title track kicks in, it presents an infectious guitar theme. It is simplistic but very effective due to its 'catchy' main riff and embodies the band's unmatched songwriting skills. The bass-centric "Liquid Fire" boasts an intoxicating guitar riff that is epic in scope and brilliant in execution.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By electricphase on April 20, 2013
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This band is more than just music... it's an experience. The music is perfectly crafted. Evoking lyrics. Supreme musicianship. Perfect sound. No other band is more powerful, yet so different from death, hardcore, black, whatever metal name you wanna name it.

Gojira proves you don't have to be a tattooed devil-worshipping moron to play the most EXQUISITELY BRUTAL music on the planet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teyad on September 27, 2013
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Four insufferably long years since releasing their last full-length effort, 2008's "Way Of All Flesh," Gojira, who have long since established themselves as France's bastard children of Meshuggah, Morbid Angel, Mastodon, Fear Factory, and Neurosis, return with album number five. But even if they signed to a new record label (Roadrunner Records) to release 2012's "L'Enfant Sauvage," their sound remains the same as it ever was: Thrashy, sludgy deathgrind with industrial metal overtones. There is plenty of the thoroughly brutal and uncompromising stuff on tap, here. "Liquid Fire," which has smashing, thundering power chords complemented nicely by robotic-tinged vocals; "Planned Obsolescence," with its massive, towering, doom-laden riffage and quick, smashing blast beat drumming; and the deeply, thunderously grooving "Mouth Of Kala" are but three examples. And, on the other end of the sonic spectrum, there is also some purely experimental fare. Consider, for example, "The Wild Healer," a song that might be less than two minutes in length, but is nevertheless a big standout. After all, it is a very innovative and jazzy instrumental interlude that, with mesmerizing melodic guitar leads and even a few keyboards sprinkled in for added ambiance, provides a richly-textured contrast to the brutality that surrounds it.

But, as with Gojira's other albums (especially the first two: 2001's "Terra Incognita" and 2003's "The Link"), "L'Enfant Sauvage"'s best and most interesting tracks draw equally from both wells. Opener "Explosia" begins with a hardcore-tinged yell of "go!" while the guitarists pound out chunky, mosh-pit-ready -- and at times buzzsaw-fast -- riffing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bilbo21 on September 27, 2012
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Gojira has been my favorite band for 6 years, ever since From Mars to Sirius was released. That album opened my eyes to what metal and music could be. This is similar to the "music" that Meshuggah creates. While Gojira doesn't sound anything like Meshuggah, I feel the same way about both bands. Each band refuses to settle for convention when it comes to song structures, drum patterns, and guitar riffs. Perhaps that is why some comparisons have been made between the two bands. Gojira does have a much more natural and coherent flow than Meshuggah. I've listened to Catch-33 about a hundred times and I still don't know what the hell is going on.
I feel like Gojira has one rule that they will always follow...every beat and every note must be able to be played HEAVY and HARD.
On this album, "L'Enfant Sauvage", every note, every beat, and all of the vocals have a sense of necessity and urgency. Joe Duplantier does not waste any breath on any vocals. Every word is screamed, growled, or cleanly sung from the mountain top for everyone to hear.
They completely do away with conventional riffs that mush be played with a certain type of finesse and reduce them to riffs that evoke rhythm and composition over musicianship. That is not to say that the members of Gojira are not talented musicians at all. I just believe that they have mastered the technique of composing death metal while showing a great deal of restraint.
The opener, Explosia, reminds me of another of my favorite bands...ISIS. The guitar tones feels very sludgy and post-metally, which is great because a lot of Gojira's earlier work seems to incorporate some elements of sludge. That is what is awesome about this band. They are able to incorporate so many different styles of metal into their work.
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