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  • Summary: The fourth album for the French metal band features Lamb of God's Randy Blythe as a guest vocalist on one track.
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  1. Achieving that key balance between accessibility and bravely forward-thinking is far from easy in extreme metal, but The Way of All Flesh pulls it off with aplomb.
  2. Nobody sounds quite like them, though, and few metal bands balance spiritual and metallic consciousness so well.
  3. The vocals occasionally become rhythmic and robotic, as if filtered through a demonic Vocoder, but there's no denying this album's rich humanity. [Nov 2008, p.158]
  4. Excellent lyrics can’t save the record from the unnecessary length of some songs; Flesh sacrifices some of its immediacy and impact in tracks that can drift away from the point.
  5. Unfortunately, this humanity doesn't translate to the music. The performances are flawless, but overly so.
  6. 60
    Like the good postmodern thrashers they are, Gojira blend blast beats ('Adoration for None'), sludge stomp ('Yama's Messengers'), and death-and-doom riff spirals (take your pick) with unexpected quirks, like the solid minute of stick taps that open 'The Art of Dying' and the math rock of 'Toxic Garbage Island.'
  7. Tight and heavy and not terribly fast, The Way of All Flesh recalls Cathedral or Entombed in its groovier moments, but, more often, the chromatic, midtempo riffs and heavily syncopated drumming echo Mastodon.
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  1. Jul 16, 2013
    This is my second favourite Gojira album ,after From Mars to Sirius. It is a fantastic mixture of melody and brutality. Every aspect of it is great. I'd definitely recommend it to any fan of metal, especially progressive, death, or extreme. Expand
  2. EricC.
    Nov 22, 2008
    The thing about metal, as I see it, is that lyrics should be the last thing you worry about. The music should create emotions and atmospheres that speak for themselves. But here, Gojira want you to hold on to every word, which is the albums biggest flaw, since the lyrics are clunky and blunt (not in the good way). They put them on the forefront of your listening, and they won't let you ignore them. But aside from this, the music itself is incredible. It reminds me a lot of Mastodon's Remission, one of my all time favorite albums. But they still have their own disctinct sound. It's a great album, just not a classic one. And they need to tone down the high school-level poetry. And I know I'm going to get cursed out by hardcore Gojira fans. Just be tasteful about it. Expand