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

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