Gojira – Magma

 

Released: 17/06/2016 FRA

Four years after the release of “L’Enfant Sauvage”, Gojira are back with their latest studio effort called “Magma” and I don’t really think I need to introduce this French Progressive Metal band to anyone who is at least a bit familiar with the genre.
Anyway, “L’Enfant Sauvage” left quite a good impression on me back in the day, so let’s just look what “Magma” has to offer and trust me, it’s promising!

The Shooting Star” is the opener and you’ll probably need some time to let it grow on you and once it did, well, you’ll kinda get lost in what’s happening and the track turns into nothing-so-really-special. But then there’s “Silvera”, which will save the day with a couple memorable riffs.
Then we’ve got “The Cell” and I found out that one really has to focus at this point and simply forget about doing other activities (like checking emails) when listening to “Magma”. Except you just want the music to pass by, without you actually noticing what you heard.

The first single off “Magma” is truly an impressive piece, probably the most original on the record. With “Stranded”, Gojira finally manages to grab my attention and you know why – if you’ve already listened to it, of course. If not, then… Go and do it now.
And what’s next? An intermission with the title “Yellow Stone”, followed by “Magma”, another must-hear track off this record.

Pray” comes up next and is probably the most obscure song you’ll hear on this album and “Only Pain” will kinda remind you of “Stranded”, except “Only Pain” is more in-your-face-hitting.
Another thing that really impressed me bears the name “Low Lands” which is a bit different when compared to the rest of the material found on “Magma”.
And finally, you’ll find “Liberation”. A piece, that will perfectly summarize the things you heard during the last 10 tracks.
Are you confused? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

 

 

Magma” is not a bad record. In fact, it’s pretty bad-ass but I don’t think that it’s the best Gojira can do… “Magma” requires concentration in the beginning but even though you give it all your attention, it still turns out to be a bit over-combined for my taste. Maybe I missed some links somewhere, who knows?
It gets better the more you listen to it, but the more you listen to the record, the more unspectacular it becomes and that’s just sad.

But hey, we still have hope and look forward to see Gojira live at Brutal Assault!

Personal favorites:

  • Stranded
  • Magma
  • Low Lands

Take a listen:

 

Rating:
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

 

Written by M. Nyman-Sramkova – June 2016.

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