Gojira has had an amazing career and their latest Magma continues this trend.
Formed in Bayonne France in 1996 Gojira is one of those awesome bands that you’ve never heard of but are absolutely massive in their niche and their sixth full length album, Magma which hit the airwaves on the 17th of June 2016, recorded at the Silver Cord Studios in Queens New York and released through Roadrunner
Records has cemented their place as one of the top groups within their genre. Gojira began recording in April of 2015 but sadly the passing of Joe and Mario Duplantier’s mother put their plans on hold and wasn’t finished till sometime in February 2016.
What we have is nowhere near as epic is what they normally put out but brilliant nonetheless. ‘The Shooting Star’ opens up Magma and is the perfect choice with its slow but powerful intro before it swings into what I can only call groove rock similar both musically and lyrically to Ghost. While the lead single ‘Stranded’ is the true gem here, with its Pantera-ish riffs it sets itself apart from and is a true joy to listen to. ‘Pray’ was the one that really took me by surprise though, some of Gojira’s hardest hitting sounds are here and the track really reminds me of a heavier version of Tool.
Since this was the first time I’ve truly sat down and listened to their work I was shocked that something of this calibre isn’t on more of the mainstream stations. But that is sadly the way the music world cookie crumbles, artificial groups and acts are passed onto the masses only to make a quick buck. While true artists linger in the background struggling, don’t get me wrong I know there are stations, websites and magazines out there dedicated to Metal, but bands like Gojira and Ghost which continually revolutionize their music every few years deserve more. Magma is that one album that Metalheads play to their non-Metal friends to show the genre is actually quite intelligent.