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Taking their name from the original Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla, French heavy 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 amongst 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 tiny independent, Boycott Records, before being reissued by Listenable. (This was followed by 2004's The Link Alive live album and DVD, 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 bands like Obituary, Hatesphere, Children of Bodom, and Machine Head, to name but a few. By the end of the album's long promotional cycle, 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 which 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 DVD set to tide them over. In 2012 the band moved up to the big league, signing to major label Roadrunner for the release of L’Enfant Sauvage (“The Wild Child”). ~ 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.   The Silver Cord
  8.   Vacuity
  9.   In the Wilderness
  10.   The Gift of Guilt
  11.   Mouth of Kala
  12.   The Way of All Flesh
  13.   A Sight to Behold
  14.   Wisdom
  15.   The Link
  16.   The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
  17.   Born In Winter
  18.   Liquid Fire
  19.   Embrace the World
  20.   Global Warming
  21.   Flying Whales
  22.   From the Sky
  23.   Drum Solo
  24.   The Fall
  25.   Pain is a Master
  26.   Planned Obsolescence
  27.   Adoration For None
  28.   Yama's Messengers
  29.   Oroborus
  30.   Terra Inc.
  31.   Love
  32.   Clone
  33.   Blow Me Away You (Niverse)
  34.   Space Time
  35.   Inward Movement
  36.   Over the Flows
  37.   Remembrance
  38.   Death of Me
  39.   Indians
  40.   To Sirius
  41.   From Mars
  42.   World to Come
  43.   Where Dragons Dwell
  44.   Unicorn
  45.   Ocean Planet
  46.   The Art of Dying
  47.   Wisdom Comes
  48.   Torii
  49.   Backbone
  50.   Connected
  51.   Wolf Down The Earth
  52.   All The Tears
  53.   Dawn
  54.   Lizard Skin
  55.   Esoteric Surgery
  56.   In the Forest
  57.   [Bonus Material]
  58.   Satan Is a Lawyer
  59.   04
  60.   Blow Me Away from You(niverse)
  61.   Quatrillions de Tonnes
  62.   Deliverance
  63.   On the B.O.T.A.
  64.   Rise
  65.   Fire Is Everything
  66.   1990 Quatrillions de Tonnes
  67.   5988 Trillions de Tonnes
  68.   Death to Me
  69.   Terra Incognita
  70.   The Heaviest Matter in the Universe
  71.   The Way of All Flesh From the Inside
  72.   [Untitled]
  73.   [CD-ROM Track]
  74.   This Emptiness
  75.   My Last Creation
  76.   No Name

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