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Review: Gojira - From Mars to Sirius
From Mars to Sirius

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 66:52
Tracks: 12
Genre: Prog/Technical Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: December 11, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
From Mars to Sirius

Rated 3.06/5 (61.25%) (16 Votes)

Listenable have been slipping a bit of late, putting out crap like Textures rather than their usual quality material. But this one isn't too bad. Gojira used to be called Godzilla back before somebody not doubt threatened to sue the bejesus out of them and they switched to Gojira – which is pretty funny as that is just the Japlish word for 'Gorilla'. Anyway, Gojira have somehow managed to put out three albums without me ever hearing of them.

I refuse to call this Death Metal, for all the heavy attack and harsh vocals – there's just nothing Deathy about it thematically or lyrically. In fact this is really prog mixed with some generic kind of 'extreme' metal a la Into Eternity. Gojira play heavy, heavy riffs, with that stilted feel of prog music and rather monotonous harsh vocals. I can't say Gojira are terrible, because they are really heavy and write some cool riffs, but they are repetitive, with one riff often taking up an entire song with little or no variation. Their screamer knows that you have to scream in key, but even when you are in key screaming at the same pitch for an entire song is just irritating. Mostly Gojira manage to strangle whatever momentum they build by using those damned garroting, proggy riff-patterns that just keep the album from ever going anywhere. Parts of this are enjoyable, especially towards the middle of the CD, but the last third is very slow-moving and dull, and so what could be interesting music is rendered flat by dint of great effort.

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