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Taking their name from the original Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla, French death metal quartet Gojira have risen from utmost obscurity during the first half of their career to widespread global recognition in the second, including regular mention among the genre's leading new-millennium upstarts. Originating from the town of Bayonne on France's southernmost Atlantic Ocean coastline, Gojira recorded the first in a sequence of almost yearly demos in 1996, gradually honing their sound until the year 2000, when bandmembers Joe Duplantier (vocals/guitar), Christian Andreu (guitar), Jean-Michel Labadie (bass), and Mario Duplantier (drums), felt ready to record their first album, Terra Incognita, relying solely on their own devices. And despite its independent status, the aptly named LP made significant waves with its unpredictable blend of death, thrash, groove, progressive, and math metal -- recalling bands as diverse as Pantera, Meshuggah, Suffocation, and Sepultura. Still, it took several years (and a curious detour into soundtrack music on 2003's Maciste All Inferno EP) for the metal world to catch on, and even Gojira's second album, The Link, had to be released through the tiny independent Boycott Records before being reissued by Listenable. (This was followed by 2004's The Link Alive live album and corresponding video set, whose audio component was limited to 500 copies -- a parting shot for Boycott.) Now finally gathering steam, Gojira saw their third full-length, From Mars to Sirius, enter the French charts at number 44, while collecting the most enthusiastic reviews of their career -- a level of acclaim that led, in turn, to numerous key European festival appearances, and lengthy European and North American tours with Obituary, Hatesphere, Children of Bodom, and Machine Head, to name but a few. By the end of the long promotional cycle for From Mars to Sirius, Gojira were widely acknowledged as a force to be reckoned with, on-stage and in the studio, and their much anticipated fourth LP, The Way of All Flesh (released stateside by Prosthetic Records), made a strong showing by debuting at number 138 on the American charts in October 2008. The extensive touring schedule that Gojira then undertook meant that fans would have to wait nearly four years for the band’s next studio album, although they did get the expansive The Flesh Alive video set to tide them over. In 2012, the band moved up to the big leagues, signing to major-label Roadrunner for the release of L'Enfant Sauvage ("The Wild Child"), inspired by the Truffaut film of the same name. It earned wide critical praise, as well as a Top 40 showing on the U.S., Canadian, Swedish, and French charts. Long years of touring and occasional recording -- including another live album, Les Enfants Sauvages -- were followed by the release of Gojira's sixth album, Magma, released on Roadrunner in 2016. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  2.   Toxic Garbage Island
  3.   L' Enfant Sauvage
  4.   The Wild Healer
  5.   Explosia
  6.   The Axe
  7.   Stranded
  8.   Silvera
  9.   Vacuity
  10.   Flying Whales
  11.   The Art of Dying
  12.   Pray
  13.   Magma
  14.   Oroborus
  15.   The Gift of Guilt
  16.   Backbone
  17.   Only Pain
  18.   The Cell
  19.   Rise
  20.   Adoration For None
  21.   Embrace the World
  22.   Global Warming
  23.   From the Sky
  24.   Ocean Planet
  25.   Liberation
  26.   Low Lands
  27.   The Shooting Star
  28.   The Fall
  29.   Born in Winter
  30.   Mouth of Kala
  31.   Deliverance
  32.   Terra Inc.
  33.   Blow Me Away You (Niverse)
  34.   Space Time
  35.   Inward Movement
  36.   To Sirius
  37.   In the Wilderness
  38.   Where Dragons Dwell
  39.   The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
  40.   Planned Obsolescence
  41.   1990 Quatrillions de Tonnes
  42.   Fire Is Everything
  43.   The Way of All Flesh
  44.   Yama's Messengers
  45.   Clone
  46.   Lizard Skin
  47.   Indians
  48.   Unicorn
  49.   Pain Is a Master
  50.   04
  51.   Satan Is a Lawyer
  52.   All The Tears
  53.   The Silver Cord
  54.   A Sight to Behold
  55.   Love
  56.   In the Forest
  57.   Dawn
  58.   The Link
  59.   Remembrance
  60.   Death of Me
  61.   Torii
  62.   Liquid Fire
  63.   5988 Trillions de Tonnes
  64.   On the BOTA
  65.   Wolf Down The Earth
  66.   Esoteric Surgery
  67.   Wisdom Comes
  68.   Wisdom
  69.   From Mars
  70.   Connected
  71.   World to Come
  72.   Yellow Stone
  73.   Drum Solo
  74.   Over the Flows

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