Gojira possess distinct modern elements and can be compared to a host of peers. I hear Fear Factory during the latter half of Ocean Planet and Strapping Young Lad in The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe. Mastodon are included, too, as well as a production reminiscent of Meshuggah. Out of twelve songs, most contain sections that are verifiable earthquakes. Unlike earthquakes, however, the onslaughts are predictable but no amount of preparation will ready you for the upheaval. Besides the gentler Unicorn and From Mars, every other opus fully encapsulates what Gojira are about and what kind of damage they are capable of inflicting. Whatever the case, From Mars To Sirius is exemplary in a number of ways. Adorers of any of the bands mentioned in this review are encouraged to take a stab at this, because Gojira are simply too powerful and competent to ignore. Though much of the record's appeal leaves me searching for descriptive words and phrases, rest assured that the impact and subsequent devastation are both unavoidable and irreparable. You might see it coming, but it'll still knock you on your ass. It's one of the better things I've heard this year. - Metal-Observer.com.
About the Artist
Originally dubbed Godzilla, after the scaly green Japanese film star of yore, the Duplantier brothers (guitarist/vocalist Joe and drummer Mario) and fellow band members Michel Labadie (bass), and Christian Andreu (guitar) quickly released several demos, ultimately changing the bands name due to legal concerns, yet still relentlessly tearing forward towards the bands first album, Terra Incognita.
Sounding as heavy as the sci-fi film artillery used against the bands namesake back in the 60s, GOJIRA followed up its debut with The Link, a huge and utter success throughout France and all of Europe. So successful was the bands take on the worlds earthly state of affairs, the environment, and plenty more, that GOJIRA followed it up with The Like Alive, a DVD capturing the bands massive concert sound, solidly-executed live show, and showcasing the throngs of French and European fans the band has gained since its humble beginnings.
With over 8,000 copies of The Link and more than 2,500 copies of its DVD companion sold domestically in France without large distribution, Listenable Records took note and released a remixing of the record, and in 2005 released From Mars To Sirius, GOJIRAs most concise, thoughtful, and heavy record to date. Recorded at home in the studios of the Milans, From Mars To Sirius may feature mentions of dragons, the angers of the ocean, the threats to the worlds environment, and it does feature a flying whale on the albums cover, but it all ultimately meets the bands goals. All the while, GOJIRA continues to barrel forward hand-in-hand with revolutionary insights and a heavy-as-concrete sound, going against the grain and creating a sound uniquely their own.