"The Way Of The Flesh," Gojira's third album, sold some 4,000 units in the U.S. during its debut week to land at #138 on the Billboard 200. Not a great start, but a start nonetheless for the French Death Metal band who originally called themselves Godzilla. Legal hassles forced them find another name but the one they chose wasn't really that different. Gojira was the original Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla.
"This record ("The Way Of The Flesh") is a lot darker - like, a lot darker, I would say. The music is darker and more violent," Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier explained. "(It's) more intense, more brutal, and more melodic" than its predecessor ('05's "From Mars To Sirius").
Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe contributed vocals to the track "Adoration For None."
From the group's earliest days, Gojira was known for their environmentally-themed lyrics. In '10, they recorded a non-profit four-song EP in L.A. with the proceeds intended to benefit Sea Shepherd, an anti-whaling organization. But the "Sea Shepherd" EP remained on the shelf.
The group's lot improved with their next release. "L'Enfant Sauvage," which was their major label debut on Roadrunner Records. The album's first week sales stopped short of 11,000 units but still managed to reach #34 on the Billboard 200.
"All the bands say they try to make the strongest album, but this time, I think we will really do it," Duplantier stated regarding the group's '16 release "Magma." The set featured the songs "Stranded" and "Silvera."
2001 Terra Incognita
2003 The Link
2005 From Mars To Sirius
2008 The Way Of All Flesh
2012 L'Enfant Sauvage