Gojira "L'Enfant Sauvage" Song Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 11 May 2012 09:18:03
"I've run away from institutions," growls Gojira singer and guitarist Joe Duplantier on "L'Enfant Sauvage".
The first single and title track of Gojira's fifth album and first for Roadrunner Records wonderfully exists outside of any and all institutions and conventions. In that sense, the translation of the title "The Wild Child" is more than a little a propos.
Merging a staggering riff and double bass combo into one polyrhythmic storm the track immediately comes to life. Suddenly, a needling melody kicks in as Joe ruminates upon existence in this world. Every element converges masterfully into a polyrhythmic storm. Mario Duplantier's drumming seesaws like a ship in a hurricane, while Christian Andreu adds depth to the six-string assault and Jean-Michel Labadie bolts down a thunderous bass line.
Joe's voice hits succinctly, baring an elegant grit in tandem with his axe work. On par with Metallica, Tool, and Mastodon, Gojira are the next level of thinking man's heavy music. "L'Enfant Sauvage" meant to be pondered over and philosophized about—while kicking your fucking teeth all over the ground.
This isn't just the next chapter for Gojira. It's the next for heavy metal at large. Get ready for L'Enfant Sauvage on June 26, 2012.
Have you heard "L'Enfant Sauvage"?