Gojira: French Heavy Metal Gods

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I first discovered Gojira in 2006 at Download Festival. A friend who’s music taste I respect had mentioned them recently so I went to see them and was blown away. It was not what I was expecting, it was not your standard metal sound, it was like TOOL with their big wall of sound and technical ability but heavier and it wasn’t until they spoke that I realised they were from France. I thought at the time, I couldn’t name another French metal band, I still can’t though I’m sure there are talented ones out there, but this is why the French love these guys so much, they have crossed boundaries. I have a few French friends who have no interest in Metal who are very aware of them and proud. I bought their new album at the time as soon as I got home, ‘From Mars To Sirius’ was and still is a seriously epic album of great magnitude. Since then they have delivered every time especially with their newest album last year ‘Magma’ which I expect will stand the test of time with its diverse heavy and groove filled songs such as the incredibly catchy song ‘Stranded‘. Although all their previous had been incredible, this album brought them to the forefront and has made them global stars.

This was the first time I had seen them at their own show, this year they played Kentish Town Forum, London and the support bands made it feel as if we were witnesses to a flow of potential headliners, all have the ability to be top of the bill. Car Bomb brought the erratic tech style which was relentless and up next was the comeback of Code Orange bringing the Grunge and Hardcore combination often sounding like 2 separate bands at times as they have different singers and wildly different styles of music per each song. But Gojira are the headliners for a reason, the stage set up, the lighting, the video screen again hails back to how TOOL perform. No need to run around the stage, their sound is so huge that they adopt the power stance and plough straight into the heaviest riffs around with the crowd collectively slow head banging to every song. These guys blow a hole in the roof of the venue with the power they pump out. Truly a sight to behold.

My images have been used by Gojira and published in The Independent.

 

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