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henkkjelle
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:10 am 
 

Gojira just released the first single called Stranded from their new album named Magma set to release on June 17th, and it's a little bit underwhelming.

It's not a bad song by any means though. It's quite slow and chuggy and a little bit simpler than I would have liked, but it ticks all the Gojira boxes. If I have to make an educated guess it's going to be the "breather" after the first three songs.

Edit: It also seems to be a grower.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:55 am 
 

I dont like the artwork and I simply find the song totally underwhelming. :(

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InnesI
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:56 am 
 

The new song was very disappointing. It sure sounds like Gojira but a Gojira without any inspiration. It manages to sound too close to what they've already done at the same time as it is several steps below their earlier stuff in regards to quality. I hope this isn't indicative of what the album will sound like.

Edit: this was written after just one listen. Perhaps it grows on me.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:05 am 
 

I'm not a huge fan of the band because I've had trouble getting into them, but I really like this song. Very heavy and groovy, and Joe sounds great.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:18 pm 
 

It took me a couple of listens, but I finally like the song. Really dig the clean vocals, Joe sounds amazing. Also, the production is great. Seems like Gojira is really trying something different, hope it's effective in it's enterity as an album.

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henkkjelle
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:16 pm 
 

Yeah I'm liking it more and more with each successive spin. That simple chorus riff really gets stuck in your head after a while. Count me as excited for the album. I just hope they won't (ab)use his clean vocals for every song though. The "3/4th part of the song clean vocal part" trope gets old quickly.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:55 pm 
 

That cover art makes no sense for Gojira.

I won't jump to any conclusions regarding the song. Their last three albums have ranged from 'pretty good' to 'amazing' (though not necessarily in that order), so I trust that we're in capable hands here.

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Oddeye
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:32 pm 
 

In recent interviews Joe explained that the songs on Magma are shorter and if I'm not mistaken also a bit more "simple". In the light of that this new song makes more sense. I am glad that they are trying something new and I think "Stranded" is pretty good for a first single. Gotta listen to it more though.

The artwork doesn't really feel like Gojira but I think it's pretty cool. I guess we will have to wait until the full album drops before judging how well the cover fits the music.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:50 pm 
 

I hated it at first but dug it at the second list. I am not that familiar with them but just ordered L'Enfant Savauge.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:51 pm 
 

Metal_Detector wrote:
That cover art makes no sense for Gojira.


Did you think the space whale fit?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:47 pm 
 

It definitely feels like Gojira, I do like the chuggy pace to it. While I like the song, I don't think it's going to be a song to judge the rest of the album by. They did say they're going in a simpler direction which there's nothing wrong with, and I'm sure they'll put their own special twist on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:28 pm 
 

Oddeye wrote:
In recent interviews Joe explained that the songs on Magma are shorter and if I'm not mistaken also a bit more "simple".

This is disappointing because Gojira's longer songs are their strengths, personally.

Having said that, "Stranded" was not too bad. The lyrics seemed pretty dark for Gojira's standards, and the cleans at the end will take some getting used to, but other than that it was solid. Magma doesn't sound like album of the year material judging from "Stranded" but it will still be good. :)

I agree with others about the cover art. It's not good, although their cover arts have always been fairly abstract.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:48 pm 
 

The artwork kind of reminds me of a late 60's/early 70's psychedelic rock cover, specifically the cover of Blue Öyster Cult. Not that similar in terms of looks, but they give off a certain vibe with the colour scheme and the strange "floor".
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:37 am 
 

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/gojira ... m-artwork/
^The tracklist was also released:
01. The Shooting Star
02. Silvera
03. The Cell
04. Stranded
05. Yellow Stone
06. Magma
07. Pray
08. Only Pain
09. Low Lands
10. Liberation

One quote from Joe Duplantier regarding the upcoming album really bothered me: "We want a short album. Something less epic than what we usually do. People's attentions are shorter now. So a lot of the songs are four minutes."

He couldn't be more wrong, especially considering the Gojira's fanbase's open-mindedness. I think they should just make their art and forget about what people think. That's what I always figured Gojira was about. They've even mentioned how personal and emotional the lyrics are (regarding the Duplantier's mother's death), so I feel they should have had no boundaries when it comes to expressing themselves.

With all that said, I'm sure it will still be mind-blowing music and I will love it.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:58 pm 
 

vulcan plutarchy wrote:
Metal_Detector wrote:
That cover art makes no sense for Gojira.


Did you think the space whale fit?


the album was literally about Space Whales so yeah
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:09 pm 
 

This sucks if all the songs are on the shorter side, my favorite Gojira track is definitely The Art of Dying and the longer songs on FMTS are pretty great. Still, I do like the first song so we'll see. The artwork looks like something a post dissonant black metal band would use, it's not bad but it's certainly odd for the band.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:43 pm 
 

I think the art fits well!

I really like Gojira, they reminds me a lot of mid-era Voivod (mostly the vocals and some of the riffs) but deathy, ya dig? The sample was pretty boring...but I am still excited!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:47 pm 
 

Metantoine wrote:
This sucks if all the songs are on the shorter side, my favorite Gojira track is definitely The Art of Dying and the longer songs on FMTS are pretty great.

Unfff yeah, love that song.

And I agree with the general sentiment of "shorter and simpler" not being a direction I want Gojira to head, but ehhhhh I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and hopefully this album proves to be on par with their others.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:56 pm 
 

CorpseFister wrote:
And I agree with the general sentiment of "shorter and simpler" not being a direction I want Gojira to head, but ehhhhh I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and hopefully this album proves to be on par with their others.

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but they've gone with "shorter and simpler" and they're still on Roadrunner Records, a label notorious for dumbed-down music. Is this a suspicious correlation to anyone?

I agree with Tony that songs such as "The Art of Dying" are epic and fantastic. I wanted more like that. But we'll see how this one goes.
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MikeyC wrote:
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And I agree with the general sentiment of "shorter and simpler" not being a direction I want Gojira to head, but ehhhhh I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and hopefully this album proves to be on par with their others.

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but they've gone with "shorter and simpler" and they're still on Roadrunner Records, a label notorious for dumbed-down music. Is this a suspicious correlation to anyone?

Dumb argument. http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Dr ... ing/548518

Bands are signed to Roadrunner because they're popular and sell well, that's it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:04 pm 
 

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Dumb argument. http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Dr ... ing/548518

Bands are signed to Roadrunner because they're popular and sell well, that's it.

But people hate The Astonishing! :P

I see what you're saying. I was kind of floating the idea around my head as to maybe that's what's happening here. I just know I'll miss the longer tracks.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:29 pm 
 

Ehhh definitely not a fan of the new song. TWoaF is definitely my favorite Gojira album and I feel like the last one was a step down, this one might just end up being a sheer disappointment. Bring back the old Gojira dudes. Fuck I didn't like a single thing about that song. :panda:
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Give it another spin dude. I hated it at first too.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:19 am 
 

I like this a lot.. Honestly they write catchy tunes pretty well and that guitar tone is pretty great.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:20 am 
 

vulcan plutarchy wrote:
Give it another spin dude. I hated it at first too.


Third listen and in my case it doesnt improve at all. :(

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 12:37 am 
 

The moment I heard the new song for the first time, I knew I was going to preorder the CD. That's how good I think "Stranded" is. Hopefully the rest of the album meets the high expectations I have now.

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Cool drumming, though it's very simple I like the sense of groove here. Have not heard a single song of theirs before, but this sounds fine.
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Watch out for this bullshit if you preorder.

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^Eh, shipping and taxes were always a pain in the ass. It's not really news, man.
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I wanted to like this track because I thought the pitch-shifting was pretty cool, then that dad-rock drum beat came in and I died laughing.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 9:13 am 
 

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This song is clealy better but I´m not excited at all. It has its moments but its nothing outstanding.

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vulcan plutarchy wrote:
Watch out for this bullshit if you preorder.

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Well, its worse when I want to order a cd from USA which costs 10$ and the shiping costs increase the total amount up to 20/25$.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:20 am 
 

Paganbasque wrote:
This song is clealy better but I´m not excited at all. It has its moments but its nothing outstanding.

Is it better? I'm not sure. I agree that it's not very exciting. It's quite late in Australia and maybe I'm just tired but the song didn't grab me as much as I would've liked.
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I like this song a lot. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Gojira, but these two songs have impressed me. Looking forward to this album.
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 8:08 am 
 

I always had a good impression of Gojira but I never managed to get into them. That changed with L'Enfant Sauvage which basically floored me and this is one of the most anticipated releases of this year.

I loved both new songs.
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Not really digging this second song. I was hoping it would grow on me like Stranded but nope. It has one good moment starting around the two minute mark that harkens back to The Way of All Flesh, but the clean chorus is quite weak and drains the song of heaviness.
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The first song took me a few listens to get into but really grew on me. The second one I am okay with but I feel like it's nothing spectacular. I want to know what genocide they are talking about.
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The cover art seriously creeps me out.The uncanny valley is strong with this one


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henkkjelle wrote:
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No. :nono:

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The riff al 0:20 was promissing but then... :scratch:

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