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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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Albums by
Gojira

Top Songs by
Gojira

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Stranded
  3.   Silvera
  4.   Toxic Garbage Island
  5.   Only Pain
  6.   L' Enfant Sauvage
  7.   The Axe
  8.   Explosia
  9.   The Wild Healer
  10.   Flying Whales
  11.   Born in Winter
  12.   The Art of Dying
  13.   Yellow Stone
  14.   The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
  15.   The Shooting Star
  16.   Wisdom Comes
  17.   Global Warming
  18.   Backbone
  19.   Magma
  20.   The Cell
  21.   Mouth of Kala
  22.   Space Time
  23.   From the Sky
  24.   The Gift of Guilt
  25.   Liquid Fire
  26.   Satan Is a Lawyer
  27.   Esoteric Surgery
  28.   The Link
  29.   Where Dragons Dwell
  30.   Low Lands
  31.   Planned Obsolescence
  32.   Deliverance
  33.   The Silver Cord
  34.   Oroborus
  35.   Clone
  36.   Inward Movement
  37.   Over the Flows
  38.   World to Come
  39.   Ocean Planet
  40.   Pray
  41.   Drum Solo
  42.   The Fall
  43.   Pain Is a Master
  44.   Rise
  45.   On the BOTA
  46.   The Way of All Flesh
  47.   Wolf Down The Earth
  48.   Adoration For None
  49.   Love
  50.   Blow Me Away You (Niverse)
  51.   Embrace the World
  52.   Wisdom
  53.   Dawn
  54.   Death of Me
  55.   Indians
  56.   In the Wilderness
  57.   Liberation
  58.   5988 Trillions de Tonnes
  59.   04
  60.   A Sight to Behold
  61.   In the Forest
  62.   Lizard Skin
  63.   Torii
  64.   Remembrance
  65.   Connected
  66.   To Sirius
  67.   Unicorn
  68.   1990 Quatrillions de Tonnes
  69.   Vacuity
  70.   All The Tears
  71.   Yama's Messengers
  72.   Terra Inc.
  73.   From Mars
  74.   Fire Is Everything

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