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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.   The Axe
  5.   Explosia
  6.   The Wild Healer
  7.   Adoration For None
  8.   Stranded
  9.   Vacuity
  10.   Silvera
  11.   Terra Inc.
  12.   Only Pain
  13.   Low Lands
  14.   Pray
  15.   Born in Winter
  16.   The Shooting Star
  17.   The Art of Dying
  18.   Liquid Fire
  19.   Global Warming
  20.   Oroborus
  21.   Backbone
  22.   Magma
  23.   To Sirius
  24.   Flying Whales
  25.   Where Dragons Dwell
  26.   Esoteric Surgery
  27.   The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
  28.   Liberation
  29.   The Cell
  30.   Ocean Planet
  31.   Yellow Stone
  32.   The Gift of Guilt
  33.   World to Come
  34.   The Fall
  35.   The Silver Cord
  36.   Clone
  37.   Space Time
  38.   Torii
  39.   From Mars
  40.   Unicorn
  41.   Pain Is a Master
  42.   Mouth of Kala
  43.   Wolf Down The Earth
  44.   Yama's Messengers
  45.   A Sight to Behold
  46.   Love
  47.   Blow Me Away You (Niverse)
  48.   Wisdom Comes
  49.   Embrace the World
  50.   Wisdom
  51.   The Link
  52.   Connected
  53.   From the Sky
  54.   Drum Solo
  55.   Planned Obsolescence
  56.   The Way of All Flesh
  57.   All The Tears
  58.   Lizard Skin
  59.   Inward Movement
  60.   Over the Flows
  61.   Dawn
  62.   Remembrance
  63.   Death of Me
  64.   Indians
  65.   In the Wilderness
  66.   In the Forest
  67.   [Bonus Material]
  68.   Satan Is a Lawyer
  69.   04
  70.   Blow Me Away from You(niverse)
  71.   Quatrillions de Tonnes
  72.   Deliverance
  73.   On the BOTA
  74.   Rise
  75.   Fire Is Everything
  76.   1990 Quatrillions de Tonnes
  77.   5988 Trillions 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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