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The Way of All Flesh

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Following the immense praise of From Mars To Sirius and recurring trips across the Atlantic for North American touring alongside the likes of Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, and Behemoth among others, GOJIRA established its stranglehold on the extreme metal spectrum with a linguist s touch, a lyricist s finesse, and a crushingly heavy live show that left audiences astounded, establishing the band s live performance as a spot-on recreation of the band s increasingly adept and intelligent studio output.

While 2007 wrapped with GOJIRA again touring North America on the Radio Rebellion Tour alongside Behemoth to the best reaction yet, the dawn of 2008 saw a nearly 10 month wait for while the band assembled The Way of All Flesh, one of the year s most anticipated records. This time revolving around the undeniable dilemma of a mortal demise, GOJIRA s soundtrack to the situation seems fitting. Shifting ever-so-slightly from the eco-friendly orchestra of impending doom on From Mars To Sirius to the band s new message of the equally uncontrollable inevitability of death, The Way of All Flesh melds the open and airy progressive passages GOJIRA has become famous for with the sonically dense sounds and bludgeoningly heavy rhythms that makes the band an equally intelligent force as it is unmatchably heavy.

Featuring a guest vocal spot on Adoration For None from Lamb of God s Randy Blythe one of GOJIRA s most vocal supporters from their first moment making an impression in the Americas and the now familiar Morbid Angel-isms of The Way Of All Flesh s title track join the angular riffing more akin to Meshuggah on Esoteric Surgery and the epic, artful plodding of the nearly 10-minute The Art of Dying, showing that GOJIRA have indeed opened a new bag of tricks for The Way Of All Flesh, while not abandoning the sound that first showed a massive promise of potential on Sirius.

It s more inventive than From Mars To Sirius and at the same time more straight to the point, GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier says of The Way of All Flesh. 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.

1. Oroborus
2. Toxic Garbage Island
3. A Sight To Behold
4. Yama s Messengers
5. The Silver Cord
6. All The Tears
7. Adoration For None
8. The Art of Dying
9. Esoteric Surgery
10. Vacuity
11. Wolf Down The Earth
12. The Way of All Flesh

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • ASIN: B001F7XIJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hot Sauce on October 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Gojira is a band that is very unlike others in a scene where a lot of extreme bands seem to be just carbon copies of other extreme bands. On this particular outing Gojira are finding their voices and wearing their influences a little less on the proverbial sleeve. Well, I first heard of Gojira in an interview that Randy Blythe gave and he highly recomended these french men, so it is to say the least and to make a long story short, I purchased From Mars to Sirius soon after. At first I really couldn't wrap my head around fMtS and considered it a waste of hard earned cash. I gave the disc a few chances and put it away. Well Gojira didn't stay put for long because one I was pretty bored and wanted to listen to something different and fMtS was there staring at me, daring me to give it another go and this time it was a truly different experience! From that moment on I was a fan, and much like fMts, The Way of all Flesh is 100% original and a breath of fresh air! There is no other band out there just like them, if you haven't heard them yet give Gojira a chance! You won't be disapointed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By funktion on October 31, 2008
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As some other reviewers have indicated, Gojira takes a few listenings in order to be fully comprehended and appreciated. I believe this is a quality of really great music. Even I did not like this album the first time I heard it and I am a huge Gojira fan. I think this initial dislike of Gojira's music is due to preconceptions of music. If it doesn't sound similar to something you liked in the past it may produce an initial aversion. But if you give it some time you will begin to pick up on the qualities that make this band and this album great such as their composition, aggression, and technically awesome musicianship. Another thing that makes this album a must buy is that it is a great whole album. Contemporary music today is filled with artists that release one hit single and fill the rest of the album with garbage. Gojira is like Pink Floyd, one of my other most favorite bands, in many ways such as musical innovation and producing great albums that need to be listened to from beginning to end. Do yourself a huge favor and buy this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Archaengel on August 23, 2011
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You know, it's so crazy because i was on youtube looking for the song "die trying" by the art of dying, and accidentally clicked on the art of dying by gojira. i listened to maybe half the song but thought, this guys voice sounds way too heavy for me to enjoy becuase i couldnt really understand what he was saying, and i like some metal. The next day, i had the music entirely stuck in my head and i couldn't get rid of it, so i looked up that song again and tried muscling through the voice. Clicking on more of their stuff, i found i really enjoyed their music and tones and feeling of their music. I finally bought the album and holy crap, this is one of the best albums i have ever listened to. the music is heavy, yes, but you have got to listen to them numerous times. Their lyrics are simply brilliant! Its amazing how deep these lyrics can be while sounding so amazing. I recently bought the other 3 albums now, and i think the way of all flesh is still my favorite, but these guys have got to be my favorite band now! These guys music proves that music can be powerful and meaningful and sound great, front to back. All music artists everywhere, pay attention to greatness!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2008
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Well, there isn't much more I can add to most of the on point comments below other than... If you are a fan of heavy, creative music. Are sick of the played out typical 'breakdowns' common in the current metal genres and can appreciate a little experimentation in your music, THIS is a cd you should own. The production is top notch, the musicianship is excellent, and the lyrics actually have a point.

Whats great around this release, just like their last, is that its ALOT to digest in one sitting. In todays world of terrible music, both metal AND pop, its nice to feel like you are getting your money's worth. MUSIC INDUSTRY TAKE NOTES. Gojira's cd may not be the MUSIC that you need to promote, but it is an example of how to take a played out genre and spin it to give it a breath of fresh air.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julio Caicedo on March 3, 2009
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Gojira - The Way of All Flesh

It's is incredibly rare to find new, fresh and original bands these days and Gojira is unique and talented and totally fills out the description.

Directly from France with hate, make no mistakes these guys are here to stay. I personally discovered their music with the album From Mars To Sirius and automatically got hooked. Now with TWOAF they brought the game to another level.

Gojira's music it's just too damn original!! It's a little prog and heavy as hell, melody and depending on the song even sing along choruses.

Here are some highlight songs from TWOAF: Oroborus, A sight to Behold, Vacuity, Toxic Garbage Island. After listening to those you will experience firsthand what's Gojira's all about.

Great album from a promising band indeed, can wait for the next one.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mr etalay on October 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Really, only 3 reviews?
If you're here, just buy it.

F*#% me...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NoMoreMrNiceGuy on December 6, 2008
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Gojira's 'The Way of All Flesh' is 12 songs of heavy chugging metal riffage.

Compared to From Mars to Sirius, the musicianship is tight and the record sounds warmer, the drums do sound better. In terms of ingenuity, the album does little things to sound different. It is not as slow and heavy sounding as FMTS but it is probably slightly more creative, a little more clever, and rather than the environmental focus that FMTS had, this record seems very much spiritually influenced.

This is not the Soulfy-esque brand of spirituality, but really touching upon the topics of the soul, kundalini, the astral body and topics found in hinduism and theosophy.

There are some notables here. While most songs are as good as each other, the controversial track is A Sight to Behold, which is more like something you may find on a Cynic album. It sounds very 'French' to me, and I can't seem to really get my head around the annoying electro-vox. But I've read many other opinions from people who say they like it.

The Silver Chord is basically 'filler'. The Lamb of God frontman opens up Adoration for None, however I don't feel it works to benefit the album as the depth of both singers voices are markedly different.

Wolf Down the Earth sounds like it came right from FMTS, and the the title track, the Way of All Flesh is a fast-paced chugger which eventually finishes off at the 6-7 minute mark followed by a fairly pointless seague.

Despite the above critisisms, the other tracks are atypical Gojira. They begin with a massive bang, blowing you off your feet and then take you through their usual gattle-gun type of riffage.
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