L'Enfant Sauvage
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L'Enfant Sauvage

June 26, 2012

  Song Title
L'Enfant Sauvage
The Axe
Liquid Fire
The Wild Healer
Planned Obsolescence
Mouth Of Kala
The Gift Of Guilt
Pain Is A Master
Born In Winter
The Fall

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Copyright: 2012 The All Blacks U.S.A., Inc.
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  • Total Length: 52:24
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  • ASIN: B0088HMCHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,161 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Gojira album? It's hard to choose. September 27, 2012
By Bilbo21
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense March 29, 2014
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Great sound, breakdowns, the intros and outros are what you'd expect. Born of winter is amazing, as well as l'enfant sauvage and pain is master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gojira's wild new album September 27, 2013
By Teyad
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars what else to say
I've seen Gojira twice, the only band who I think can come close is the holy Mastodon. Gojira is that tight. This record is awesome but they are all awesome. Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars killer, as usual
I absolutely LOVE Gojira. So versatile, so very talented. Every CD different from the last (I know, amazing, right? Read more
Published 1 month ago by davezilla
5.0 out of 5 stars The mastery continues
Absolutely phenomenal. Gojira continues their journey as a band and they've never sounded better. Pain is a Master and Born in Winter have quickly become my favorites from these... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Keaten
5.0 out of 5 stars Back Again
Gojira is back and in better form. The songs are slightly more memorable and just as heavy. Gojira's last two albums have been great.
Published 7 months ago by K. McKissick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Great album, great musicianship, great overall performance and production. Definitely worth the purchase even if you have never heard of these guys before! You won't regret it!
Published 7 months ago by Jon Pienkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of '12
France, how can such good metal come from france? Well, this album proves it and there are more amazing bands like Gojira to come.
Published 9 months ago by Patrick Gerhart
3.0 out of 5 stars It's got the beef but it gets old fast...
This is a heavy record with a couple good songs, however, that little slide-thingy the guitarists do on the first song...it's practically on every track. It gets old fast... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sherie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Metal band, getting better
If you have followed Gojira, you will not be disappointed in this latest album. They are continuing their evolution, and it's looking good. Highly recommend this!
Published 10 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic metalscapes.
I can listen to this while doing intense yoga, studying, or cycling, and it is both charging and non-intrusive. Really diverse sounds both brutal and elegant.
Published 11 months ago by Brandon Haydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Buy!
The French's have done it again. L'Enfant Sauvage is a great work of music. Speaking to the mind and the body.
Published 12 months ago by Justin I. Neely
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