But seriously, with the album's range of steel plated riffs, whether they be presented through the earth-shattering complexity that Joe Duplainter and Christian Andreu have perfected in so skillfully to set themselves apart from any other name in metal on the storming title track or Planned Obsolescence or whether it's in the rich melodies that fit seamlessly with all the juddering complexity,as seen handled so well in the strength of Liquid Fire and the subtle yet surprising swagger of Mouth of Kala. The constant richness displayed in the six-string pounding leaves listeners totally immersed as well as crushing their skulls with the frighteningly intense performance and total thickness.
The performance of Liquid Fire and Mouth of Kala is also an esteemed opportunity for listeners to marvel the roaring bass of Jean-Michel Labadie and delirious drumming skills of Mario Duplainter. Certainly if you try headbanging to Duplainter's outro on the latter song... you will die.
While it's easy to just marvel at the technical ability of Gojira's playing the entire emotional spectrum that pours out of every note on this album is also truly remarkable. As The Axe sails gallantly into deep seas of victory, the performance of The Gift of Guilt and the calmer closer The Fall are anchored in doom, which really causes you to become captivated by Joe's tones of desperation and despair in his vocal performances on these songs while still keeping your head banging.
I don't believe that such a thing exists as a Gojira album that cannot be a classic and they certainly prove that fact on L'Enfant Sauvage. The heaviness of this album is difficult to comprehend but it's done with such weight and pure dirt that nothing can be done to bring listeners out of the world of absolute wonder they've now become immersed in. It's almost difficult to come up with a final summation of how to describe how incredible this album is other than state that in terms of pure metal albums, this is 2012's finest.
Gojira's L'Enfant Sauvage is out now via Roadrunner.