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Gojira – Stranded – Single Review

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The French ones returneth…..the finest purveyors of pure, primal, crushing, super-heavyweight progressive death metal….the one band on the planet who’s riffs are heavy enough to bring down the sun…..and they’ve metamorphosed into a different beast….slightly.

Stranded“, taken from the upcoming album Magma, is still monolithically heavy and contains all the ingredients you’d expect from a Gojira stomp-a-thon but there’s a softening to their sound, a further accessibility and adherence to semi-melodic structure that has surely been designed to widen their audience.

And that’s no bad thing.

The cleaner vocals have been washed thoroughly – even Joe Duplantier’s instantly recognisable bark is less death metal in delivery- and the lumbering heft that could always break spines has been lightened enough to embrace a fiendishly catchy chorus and riff progression.

Still recognisably Gojira in essence, this most unique band are set to enter a new dimension, still locked into galaxy-wide grooves but embracing a wider universe of sound and receptiveness.  If “Stranded” is to be an indication of where forthcoming album Magma will take us, then we’re in for seriously some hot shit! 9/10

Preorder Magma and receive “Stranded” instantly at http://Gojira-Music.com

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About Chris Jennings (1381 Articles)
I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

2 Comments on Gojira – Stranded – Single Review

  1. Karl Jenkins // May 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm // Reply

    We are in agreement on this for sure; I enjoyed it a lot. I’ve heard some REALLY negative comments (even a very negative comparison to Korn!?), but I found it enjoyably heavy and catchy. I’m sure it will be a crowd favorite live as well! Cheers!

    • Chris Jennings // May 9, 2016 at 6:45 am // Reply

      Thanks Karl. It’s still Gojira (certainly nuthin’ like Korn!) and still colossal….can’t blame them for slightly polishing their sound. New album will be a belter \m/

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