Review GOJIRA ‘Fortitude’

The quartet started in 2001 when they successfully completed a renaming from Godzilla to Gojira. The debut ‘Terra Incognita’ was released in the same year and since then the band has become essential.
Gojira slowly and steadily built up a fanbase that is constantly growing. This can be recognized among other things by the chart entries, but is also reflected in headliner tours and festival appearances. ‘Magma’ can be considered a breakthrough album in this context, a longplayer with top 10 results in numerous countries.

What defines Gojira is the very own blend which emerges from different styles. Progressive-, tech-, thrash and death metal merge into a style of their own which makes a song directly identifiable with Gojira. The band brings one more component into play on the new album. Groove has always been an important element and now this is reinforced by tribal rhythms as in ‘Amazonia’.

When I listened to ‘Fortitude’ for the first time there was an immediate enthusiasm, but without knowing exactly what triggered this fascination. It is not that a certain song catches you immediately. Rather, the class of the album reveals itself with each additional listening to the total of eleven songs.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Duplantier

There is, for example, the throbbing ‘Another World’, which strikes with enormous impact and already caused a buzz last August. Peppered with intelligent shifts in direction, the song is a good representative of ‘Fortitude’ and stands in contrast to the actual title track. The latter, with two minutes, feels like an interlude linking ‘New Found’ and ‘The Chant’. What stands out is the use of hypnotic repetition, performed to the max without becoming boring at any point. Also worth mentioning is the thunderous ‘Into the Strom’ which is a counterpart to the calmer moments (‘The Trails’) with maximum impact. For me ‘Into the Storm’, together with ‘Another World’, is the highlight on ‘Fortitude’.

Fans had to wait a long time for ‘Fortitude’. Almost five years went by until ‘Fortitude’ emerged from the depths of Ridgewood, Queens to help Gojira tp take another step towards Metal Olympus. Well, with these eleven songs, the guys have certainly come closer to their goal. ‘Fortitude’ is a superb album that reveals more and more of its strengths as time goes on. At the same time, the band remains true to itself and embodies all its trademarks on this album. Gojira stands for development and evolution, both pillars of the new output. Who has not yet ‘Fortitude’ on the radar should make it up as soon as possible.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Born For One Thing
  2. Amazonia
  3. Another World
  4. Hold On
  5. New Found
  6. Fortitude
  7. The Chant
  8. Sphinx
  9. Into The Storm
  10. The Trails
  11. Grind

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: April 30th, 2021

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