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June 29th, 2012

Live & Photos: Gojira @ London Islington Academy – 17 June 2012

It’s no secret that Gojira are an awesome band. They played a sold out show in London and there was no chance we were going to miss it. On top of that, we took some photos of them in Sheffield. Pretty cool, huh? You can read our review and look at some photos just below. The internet is GREAT!

Gojira live at Sheffield Corporation c/o Gary Wolstenholme aka Inventory Photo Thrash Hits

Six things we learned when we saw Gojira headlining London

1) Only 1 in 100 bands ever sound good in the Islington Academy. Gojira are the one per cent. A combination of the French metallers’ deep and strong catalogue of quality songs, their ability to play said songs live exceptionally well and a soundman who knows what he’s doing means that Gojira sound absolutely fantastic against all odds. This bands is amazing. They’re…

2)Gojiramazing. Yeah they are. Their performance is so superlative that new words really do need to be created sometimes. Joe Duplantier is a behemoth at the front of the stage, crushing his technical riffs whilst displaying a humility and gratitude to the crowd that is as genuine as it is robust. It’s a Gojiramazing performance from the frontman. Spread that word as far and as wide as you can.

3) While they’ve been around Europe for the past couple of months playing old material, now that L’Enfant Sauvage is out in the UK, they play a fair few songs off it tonight. Obviously tracks like ‘Backbone’, ‘Oroborus’ and ‘The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe’ are massive crowd pleasers, but the new songs fit seamlessly into the set. They’ve taken it up a notch, it seems.

Gojira @ Sheffield Corporation - 25 June 2012 c/o Gary Wolstenholme

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4) Gojira are the Tyrannosaurus Rex of heavy metal. No, we aren’t implying Gojira have unfeasibly short arms. It’s mighty warm in London today and the room is packed out, which means there are plenty of cups of water laid out on the bar. Rubber-necked bassist Jean-Michel Labadie is plucking out lines so heavy that ripples appear in the water, just like in Jurassic Park. That’s heavy.

5) Another member of the band who brings a different level of heaviness to Gojira’s music but is also outrageously talented is drummer Mario Duplantier. It’s always been the case that his wild and inventive syncopations have stood head and shoulders above what his peers are capable of but he is on mind-blowing form tonight. Imagine if Lars Ulrich was this good. Lars Ulrich really should be this good.

6) There is no doubt that Gojira are stepping up their game. With their last London headline show at a pretty sold out Camden Underworld, this represents at least a 40 per cent increase and with L’Enfant Sauvage being so fucking good, we can expect an even bigger show next tour. Electric Ballroom, perhaps? We can’t wait either way.

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