If you’ve read any of the other GOJIRA reviews on TMO, you would know that GOJIRA play a very modern brand of Metal and have been compared to bands such as FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, MESHUGGAH and MASTODON to name a few. The latest masterpiece in the GOJIRA collection is called “The Way Of All Flesh” and all the above-mentioned influences are still audible; yet through their history the band has continuously developed and chiselled their own slab of what can probably be best described as Modern Progressive Death Metal and on this release, GOJIRA finally broke free of any shackles still attached by vague comparisons.
It seems a trend in some music circles these days for bands to trade a little of their heaviness for more variety and a more Progressive approach to their compositions and especially guitar playing; “The Way Of All Flesh” is atmospheric and thought-provoking at times and even displays a slight Electronic influence. The compositions and the overall structure of the album is very well planned and performed and an example of which is the end and beginning of “The Art Of Dying” and “Esoteric Surgery” where the two tracks flow together perfectly - the sudden explosion of drums that breaks the trance of the softly floating guitar sends chills down your spine.
Do not let the mention of “Electronic” worry you though, this is probably the heaviest GOJIRA album to date and it really has something that fans of many different genres will enjoy; the heavy riffing and rhythmic blasting is at times ponderous but the tempo of the songs vary throughout the album. In between there are songs like “The Silver Cord” that turns the volume down a little and provides a refreshing moment of reflection before “All The Tears” and especially “Adoration For None” hits back with debris flying everywhere. There is always a sort of resonance to GOJIRA’S albums and the echoing guitars once again help deliver their trademark sound.
GOJIRA is a band destined for big things and “The Way Of All Flesh” is another great album in their ever growing catalogue, and the GOJIRA seems to be getting stronger with every one released. But in the end the album was a little too produced for my liking and instead of the big filthy Godzilla swatting away everything in its path, it is instead destroying Tokyo with lasers and precision guided rockets. That does not subtract much from this otherwise great album though and “The Way Of All Flesh” will definitely be in contention for my album of the year.
(Online December 10, 2008)