Retroactive Classic: Gojira 'From Mars To Sirius'
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:36:06
A look back at the seminal album that turned the French metallic beast into genre saviors.
Even though From Mars To Sirius was Gojira's third full-length album, it felt like a dawn for the French quartet and heavy music at large. First released on Listenable back in France during 2005 and then by Prosthetic Records stateside a year later, this is the record that really blasted open the gates for these four titans—Joe Duplantier [vocals, guitar], Christian Andreu [guitar], Jean-Michel Labadie [bass], and Mario Duplantier [drums]—to engage their own creative tectonic shift across the landscape. In the aftermath of its release, they had the endorsement of Randy Blythe from Lamb of God and a tour across the U.S. with the band in 2007.
Other milestones happened. 2008 saw them join Metallica on tour for the first time. Then, by the time L'Enfant Sauvage, their first offering for Roadrunner Records, dropped in 2012, they were a headlining force here, selling out venues everywhere. Still, so much of this journey can be traced back to From Mars To Sirius. That's why it's become a classic.
Gojira exist in their own sphere. In that respect, the only contemporaries they have might be Deftones, Tool, or Meshuggah. Since the beginning, the group has approached everything on their own terms too. From Mars To Sirius illuminates their singularity of sound tenfold. Rhythms teeter off-time before derailing right back into a hyper focus that's wonderfully crushing. At the same time, stark melodies contrast with fiery percussion that's as incendiary as the riffing.