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Wednesday, Jan 23 2013

For a metal band, Gojira sports a name so fantastic that it's shocking no one snapped it up earlier. The Bayonne, France-based outfit nods to Godzilla's original Japanese moniker (before legal complications, the group called itself Godzilla), even though the four-piece's sonic traits don't quite mimic its namesake. Godzilla famously stomps and battles with movie-monster-in-a-china-shop clumsiness; meanwhile, this 16-year-old band could easily level entire cities, but it prefers spicing up its destruction and anguish with moments of subtlety. On its fifth album, 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage, "Born in Winter" and "The Wild Healer" conceal pressurized prog-metal heft beneath riffs more portentous than a colony of vultures squawking overhead. Imagine this group not as Gojira the character, but Gojira the film, since it provides well-edited shots of ruin taken from multiple angles.

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