Its always been hard to put a tag on GOJIRA, one of the most extreme bands that the French metal stage has ever known, has never been in need of this sort of artefact anyway. Of course, when all this began in 1996, in a garage near Bayonne South East of France under the GODZILLA moniker the motivations of the Duplantier brothers (Joe on guitar/lead vocals and Mario on drums) and their band fellows Jean-Michel Labadie (on bass) and Christian Andreu (guitar) were less than sophisticated. But even through the thinnest booklet of their first demo cover issued under the predictable title Possessed still emerged the first signs of their future emancipation. GODZILLA might have been a big green monster smashing down cardboard buildings, taken from Japanese science-fiction films from the 60s deemed out of style today, but it was also a metaphor about the threat of nuclear weapons with which man plays, unconscious of the consequences Due to legal rights, GODZILLA changed its name to GOJIRA right before their first album. GOJIRA is in fact the Japanese translation of its original name. Even though the music had already changed, the way of doing things stayed the same. So call it whatever you want: an ecological thought, a politically correct speech, a 50% new age and 50% hippy mentality the band, itself, remains the same since birth. Today, there is much blabbering about how to take care of our planet and watch over its well-being. There is idle talk about the future shortage of petrol, about the ozone layer or even about the extension of the webbed footed rabbit of Uzbekistan (why not?!). But nothing is done about it. Nothing at all! But GOJIRA does react. They put their foot down. They even take a hammer and give a blow to a blind audience. We have forgotten our planet, this Unknown Planet which weve lost track of (Terra Incognita. being the first warning shot in 2001). We must then renew our links with it before its too late (The Link ,being second call to order 3 years later). After more than 300 concerts in France and abroad, and a live DVD sold to 3000 copies nationally without the support of a big distributor and after the recognition from the public (more than 8000 copies of The Link album . sold in France) it was about time for GOJIRA to explode which is currently happening. Recorded at home in the studios of the Milans, From Mars to Sirius is an album of revolt, where ancestral forces of dragons are mentioned, the ocean shows its anger and all codes are red lighted. An album where action has taken over speech. Revolution is coming. So take a step ahead of it before it crushes you.
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