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9/10 - Wow! (4.5),
This review is from: L'Enfant Sauvage (Audio CD)
A few weeks ago the French metal band Gojira released their fifth studio album "L'Enfant Sauvage" You might be thinking what is that? What does that even mean? Based on the translation I found online "L'Enfant Sauvage" is French for "The Wild Child" I will admit I am still new to the group. I got into them when I heard the first single, and title song, off of this album. But I was immediately hooked.
Gojira is such a strong band that has such an unique sound when it comes to Metal. I know that may seem like a difficult thing to imagine in today's metal scene, but it's true. Their sound gives a lot more focus to it's instrumentation than it does to it's vocals. Which is something that is very hard to come by nowadays. And, if I may say so, it's enjoyable as hell.
They take all the elements that were present in their first four albums and blend them into what is now "L'Enfant Sauvage." Considering this is their fifth album it's amazing to see just how fresh they sound. Now I realize it may seem like that because I'm still fairly new to the band, but either way I'm sure there are others who could agree with me. The album as a whole has a very distinct sound, but at the same time no two songs sound the same. It's something that's hard to explain in words, but this is an album that's begging to be heard by both old and new fans alike.
The album runs a little over 52 minutes, but if you get the special edition you push it to a little over an hour. There were a few instances where I felt a song felt a little stale compared to the rest, but it wasn't anything that ruined the experience. The bonus songs are just as enjoyable as the main album, with "This Emptiness" being the standout of the two. "My Last Creation" is good, but I felt like they just ended it abruptly which gave me a weird feeling once it was over.
Standout Songs: "Mouth of Kala" & "Pain Is A Master"
Overall Score: 9/10 - As I said there were a few parts where I felt the album became a little stale, which is why it didn't get the perfect 10. However, this is a very enjoyable album and it's right up there with the new Shadows Fall album for my Metal album of the year so far. Whether you're a fan of good Metal, Gojira, or just looking for something new, I recommend you check this out.
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Initial post: Jul 24, 2012 7:17:58 PM PDT
Dons Word says:
Excellent review. very insightful. thanks.
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