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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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Gojira

Top Songs by
Gojira

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

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