Gojira’s shift away from a technical-metal style to one driven by riff and groove has already divided the group’s fans, but Magma is a concept album about grief as a force of nature, and by employing the seismic as the metaphor with which they explore this emotional territory a highly rhythmic approach proves to be incredibly apt. Much like the drift of the continents, Magma is moved from start to end by an inexorable force, rhythms that are sometimes immediately intelligible, and others that are confusing, frightening, and requiring of patience to grasp. Gojira are still technical, but that technicality is here employed to the rhythmic rather than the melodic.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 22nd June 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.