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

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