It is with GREAT excitement that I report that I have found yet another Grail List item from my list! I KNOW!
For the longest time, Gojira’s first album was silly expensive (most go for well over $100). So it was on my Grail List in the hopes someone would find a copy somewhere where they didn’t know what they had…
Anyway, let us all hail Listenable Records for re-releasing this monster of a record, remastered and re-packaged! With bonus tracks! And at a much more affordable price.
On release day, I went to Amazon to order, and they were already sold out! So I ordered from a UK secondary seller, cheaper than Amazon would have been even with the added shipping charge. It arrived here yesterday, and let me report that to finally have a copy of it in my hands is so very satisfying!
And the album itself? Holy crap, folks, this thing is a monster. As of this writing, there are exacty three reviews of it on Amazon. They read thusly:
“This album will make your ears bleed, but it’s worth it.”
“Heaviest thing ever from France.”
Surely more reviews will come as the remaster sells, but I think it’s all already been said in these three statements. I honestly cannot argue with any of these. WHAT A RECORD! It’s moody, atmospheric, and absolutely fucking HEAVY. It almost sounds like a different band than the one I know from L’Enfant Sauvage and Magma. It’s all growly vocals and technically punishing black metal at its elemental, evil and crushing best. Those buzzsaw guitars, the intricate, pounding drums… it’s trying to push you through the wall with every track, and damn near succeeding.
Even the lighter bits, where they tease that they might not be all doom and gloom, don’t last very long before they crash back into the abyss again. Even something like 1990 Quadrillions De Tonnes is slightly lighter, but still contains four minutes of people just screaming. And the end of In The Forest does sort of metal-jazz us out, but there’s that throbbing bass and it’s still creepy as hell. Whoa.
The sound here is huge and beautiful. I haven’t ever heard an original copy, but this remaster is glorious. I played it through the good headphones and it is built to be very loud and clear as it lays waste to everything around you.
Tacked onto the end, there are three well-produced album tracks performed live in Antwerp, 2006-02-11. They give a sense of what it would like to stand in a room with these players as they blast you into oblivion. Wow!
Phenomenal. Fully recommended.
Tracks: Clone / Lizard Skin / Satan Is A Lawyer / 04 / Blow Me Away You(Niverse) / 5988 Trillions De Tonnes / Deliverance / Space Time / On The B.O.T.A. / Rise / Fire Is Everything / Love / 1990 Quatrillions De Tonnes / In The Forest
Bonus Live Tracks: Clone / Love / Space Time
PS: If anyone finds an old original copy at a reasonable, regular used CD price, I still wants it!