After being promised a new EP last year and even getting a face-melting sample track featuring Devin Townsend and Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordendal, I'm hesitant to believe that the new Gojira album, L'Enfant Sauvage, will actually arrive in stores on June 26. However, now that the title track has hit the web, I'm almost too distracted to care.
"L'Enfant Sauvage" is everything that one could hope for in a new Gojira song. Joe Duplantier's impeccable downstrokes infiltrate his brother Mario's drumming, some of the busiest in modern metal, with a chemistry that recalls the best guitarist/drummer siblings (Van Halens, Abbotts, Cavaleras.) The chorus riff shows the band hunting for new extremities. The ferocious bridge is one of the most dazzling things that Gojira has ever recorded. Joe's production improves with the band's ambitions. Start hoping for an exciting Presidential race, because Album of the Year might be over.