From their unusual name to the strange flying whale on the cover of the CD, the French band Gojira grabs your attention. They do the same with their music. It's extreme and heavy, but also has a lot of progressive elements. Some songs are pure death metal, others much more mellow and atmospheric. This is a band that draws influences of everyone from Meshuggah
to Morbid Angel to Neurosis.
The songs really flow together well, and the contrast between the more experimental and acoustic parts and the full on metal makes the latter sound even more brutal. Both technical and trippy, Gojira has created an album of interesting lyrical themes and even more interesting musical compositions.