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Top 10 Songs Gojira

Working alphabetically, each week The Monolith staff vote for their favourite iconic bands, and once a winner has been chosen, the experts go to task on voting for the top ten songs for your enjoyment and discourse. After a 2 week hiatus, the recurring feature is back with a vengeance. Today we’re tackling the mighty Gojira!

This week’s special guest is Ian from Gyre!

If you ask what is Gojira to a group of metalheads you’ll probably get a slightly different answer than you would if you asked a group of film students. Gojira (previously known as Godzilla) are a French groove metal band that have had a slow and steady rise in the world of metal since the turn of the century. Originally they existed in absolute obscurity, whereas now they are constantly mentioned as one of the leading bands in all of metal.

The band is comprised of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass. They are a rare of example of a band that have never changed their line-up since their first studio release, and if they’re not in the studio, they’re probably on the road. Gojira travel the world, bringing their unique form of environmentally conscientious groove metal far and wide. Their music balances complex, heartfelt emotion, and some of the heaviest grooves you’re likely to hear. They currently have five albums under their belt, and they’re a band that keep getting better, and much like the Japanese monster they share their namesake with – they show no sign of stopping. Check out their discography below:

Terra Incognita – 2001

The Link – 2003

From Mars To Sirius – 2005

The Way Of All Flesh – 2008

L’Enfant Sauvage – 2012

10. “Liquid Fire” – L’Enfant Sauvage

Ian from Gyre

The fourth song on Gojira’s most recent effort L’ Enfant Sauvage starts out with one of Mario Duplantier’s drum beats that make you feel drunk (if you weren’t already). This first tiny section (that foreshadows a later part of the song) is then complete juxtaposed by an abruptly stop when Joseph kicks in with his famous harmonic picking that mimics the groove bomb that is about to explode upon your face. And……….. boom, there it is, another memorable mid-tempo groove bomb riff courtesy of Gojira. But, to be honest I think the thing I love most about this song is the delivery and note selection of the lyrics. When the chorus kicks in for the second time and Duplantier growls, “this is how we talk to the world,” and then switches to the catchy vocoder voice saying, “pure liquid fire runs through our veins,” the mind is hooked. The next sentence is probably my favourite in the song and feels so angry and proud at the same time. Joseph screams, “we’re in this alone, we bow to no one,” and the message and aesthetic of Gojira is firmly stamped on this really well constructed song.