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

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