Gojira’s 2005 release From Mars to Sirius was the quartet’s third studio album but the first to throw it into the upper echelons of popularity within the metal/hard rock community. With The Way of All Flesh the band will likely only be lifted higher. Blame our society’s newfound interest in environmental awareness and emboldened sense of personal responsibility — messages that have always flowed through Gojira’s music.
The Way of All Flesh continues to push the definition of progressive rock with a deeply primal roar. The raw, crunching simplicity of “Vacuity” feels just as natural as the robotically manufactured buzz of “A Sight to Behold.” “Toxic Garbage Island” and the drum opening to “The Art of Dying” have elements of stuttering ferocity reminiscent of Meshuggah circa Chaosphere. The album focuses mainly on death, but not in the melancholic sense one might assume. A spirit of kind acceptance is embedded within singer Joseph Duplantier’s lyrics (if you can decipher them). Morbid? Sure, but it’s a welcome change of pace for a band to plunge into metaphysical musings on decay rather than rants about police or the gates of Valhalla. Gojira takes the time to layer its songs with depth for the ears and the mind. Occasionally the punchy riffs are recycled more than necessary, leaving a stale residue in the wake of a couple songs, but for the most part Gojira manages to introduce fresh ideas worthy of pondering many times over. (Prosthetic Records)