Gojira has had an amazing career and their latest Magma continues this trend.
What we have is nowhere near as epic is what they normally put out but brilliant nonetheless. ‘The Shooting Star’ opens up Magma and is the perfect choice with its slow but powerful intro before it swings into what I can only call groove rock similar both musically and lyrically to Ghost. While the lead single ‘Stranded’ is the true gem here, with its Pantera-ish riffs it sets itself apart from and is a true joy to listen to. ‘Pray’ was the one that really took me by surprise though, some of Gojira’s hardest hitting sounds are here and the track really reminds me of a heavier version of Tool.
Since this was the first time I’ve truly sat down and listened to their work I was shocked that something of this calibre isn’t on more of the mainstream stations. But that is sadly the way the music world cookie crumbles, artificial groups and acts are passed onto the masses only to make a quick buck. While true artists linger in the background struggling, don’t get me wrong I know there are stations, websites and magazines out there dedicated to metal, but bands like Gojira and Ghost which continually revolutionize their music every few years deserve more. Magma is that one album that metalheads play to their non-metal friends to show the genre is actually quite intelligent.
Written by Dan Harlond