L’ Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child) represents the return of the mythical green monster to the metal scene. Gojira a French quartet that started in 1996 in a village close to Bayonne in the southwest of France, and that have grown into this huge metal beast that by taking elements from progressive, thrash, and death metal revolutionized the metal scene.
L’ Enfant Sauvage is their début album with Roadrunner Records, and fifth on their musical career. The album opens with Explosia a powerful song filled with a lot of guitar riffs that lifted the song then heavily let it drop and then lifted it again. L’ Enfant Sauvage the title track of the album is a straight punch in the face from the beginning, with a great vocal, guitar and drum work, makes it one of the heaviest and complex song out of this album. The Axe, makes honor to its name, just heavy, sharp and it will split you in two or more pieces. A great song that pushes the vocals of Joe Duplantier to its greatest.
Liquid Fire is a really progressive song, on the lines of Meshuggah and Strapping Young Lad, quite depressive with a touch of electronic effects on some of the backing vocals. The Wild Healer is a very groovy song that it could be totally fit in a 90’s video game. ALERT: it will be stuck in your head for several hours after listening to it. Planned Obsolescence is the perfect combination between industrial and black metal influences, the music is violent and the voice is extreme what else you can ask for.? Mouth Of Kala is another punching song full of energy that I would personally look forward to hear it live if they play it during their upcoming tour. The Gift Of Guilt have this electronic vibe all over the song that for some reason in the case of Gojira works pretty well, also the guitar distortion on this track is something else.
Pain Is A Master is a surprising song that starts slow, and then take you to a whole new level as it gets faster and heavier. Born In Winter is a song that starts slow with a doomy influence that reminds me of Anathema‘s old school style, but that again builds up into something more progressive at the end. The Fall closes the album with a kind of psychedelic intention, very Pink Floyd, the voice of Joe Duplantier is just insane on this song.
Gojira achieves the creation of yet another masterpiece, each song is different to the one before, their experimentation with different types of music is just brutal, and it actually worked in their favor. The whole album is dynamic and fresh, no doubt one of the best release of this year.
2. L’Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
7. Mouth Of Kala
8. The Gift Of Guilt
9. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall