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Review: Gojira - The Way of All Flesh
The Way of All Flesh

Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 75:15
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Way of All Flesh

Rated 2.91/5 (58.18%) (11 Votes)

One thing I don't get about Gojira is why they are always categorized as Death Metal.  Save for some vocals parts that border on Death-style growls (but not quite), and maybe a few guitar and drum parts here and there, there isn't much overall that falls under Death Metal.  In fact, the band in itself a bit difficult to put into a specific category - I guess "Technical Extreme Metal" would do.  Lots of action here, some good, some bad.  The vocals go anywhere from clean to hard/metalcore-ish (most of it), to a little growly - none of them coming out all that great, OK at best.  Musically this is all over the place and, unfortunately, very often sounds disjointed.  Gojira play almost exclusively in the technical area and this can be experienced at varying degrees here.  The best parts sound a little bit with later Enslaved (i.e. in their more experimental phase), the guitars especially and a little bit of drumming here and there almost sound like they were lifted off the Norwegians' most melodic stuff.  The drumming can get very weird at times, sounding pretty much out of sync with everything else, with interesting/disturbing or sometimes downright annoying results.  Not much I can add, really - this is an album that just doesn't inspire me.

After some 20 listens I still can't see why there are so many people practically hailing this as a masterpiece - well, the artsy "oh I'm so open-minded" pride crowd will trample everything in its path to get this and then cream their bedroom walls, but this is just it: Good for those who like to think they're better than the others.  OK maybe I'm overdoing it a little. :)  The Way Of All Flesh has its quasi-genius moments, but taken as a whole album, this is far too disjointed to be considered excellent - sorry but I like when an album feels like an album, and very few bands can throw in everything but the kitchen sink and actually make it work.  Now excuse me while I change sidewalks, here's that crowd rushing to the store.

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