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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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  1.   Song
  2.   Toxic Garbage Island
  3.   L' Enfant Sauvage
  4.   Explosia
  5.   The Axe
  6.   The Wild Healer
  7.   Stranded
  8.   The Way of All Flesh
  9.   Silvera
  10.   Vacuity
  11.   Wolf Down The Earth
  12.   Only Pain
  13.   The Shooting Star
  14.   Love
  15.   Liquid Fire
  16.   Flying Whales
  17.   The Cell
  18.   Adoration For None
  19.   All The Tears
  20.   Terra Inc.
  21.   Clone
  22.   Global Warming
  23.   Ocean Planet
  24.   Low Lands
  25.   Magma
  26.   Rise
  27.   Satan Is a Lawyer
  28.   Inward Movement
  29.   Remembrance
  30.   To Sirius
  31.   The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
  32.   From the Sky
  33.   In the Wilderness
  34.   Pray
  35.   Born in Winter
  36.   Pain Is a Master
  37.   The Gift of Guilt
  38.   Mouth of Kala
  39.   Planned Obsolescence
  40.   Fire Is Everything
  41.   04
  42.   Oroborus
  43.   Blow Me Away You (Niverse)
  44.   Embrace the World
  45.   Over the Flows
  46.   From Mars
  47.   Torii
  48.   Backbone
  49.   Yellow Stone
  50.   The Fall
  51.   5988 Trillions de Tonnes
  52.   Deliverance
  53.   The Art of Dying
  54.   Lizard Skin
  55.   Space Time
  56.   Dawn
  57.   The Link
  58.   Connected
  59.   Death of Me
  60.   Indians
  61.   World to Come
  62.   Where Dragons Dwell
  63.   Liberation
  64.   Drum Solo
  65.   1990 Quatrillions de Tonnes
  66.   On the BOTA
  67.   Esoteric Surgery
  68.   Yama's Messengers
  69.   A Sight to Behold
  70.   Unicorn
  71.   The Silver Cord
  72.   Wisdom
  73.   Wisdom Comes
  74.   In the Forest
  75.   [Bonus Material]
  76.   Blow Me Away from You(niverse)
  77.   Quatrillions de Tonnes
  78.   Death to Me
  79.   Terra Incognita
  80.   The Heaviest Matter in the Universe
  81.   The Way of All Flesh From the Inside
  82.   [Untitled]
  83.   [CD-ROM Track]
  84.   This Emptiness
  85.   My Last Creation
  86.   No Name

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