This is a strange album. It is a difficult listen that has almost no outside influences. You can tell it has elements of thrash and death, but you can't really cite any bands it uses as inspiration. I'd say that fans of Mastodon
, or maybe Genghis Tron
would like this, but it doesn't even sound like any of these bands. It is definately different, I can tell you that much.
The album starts off with some kind of tribal percussion being used before an oddly timed two-note riff comes in with equally odd drums. The title track, "The Link
", is a harsh, grooving affair that demonstrates most of the album. It has its groove, its thrash, a touch of death, and something really hard to pinpoint. Joe Duplantier's vocals complement the song enormously, as they do each and every track. He uses a style that's somewhat melodic, but also harsh, abrasive, and brutal in delivery.
All the instruments are played with ferocity, power, and anger that really makes you feel like the band is investing a great deal of emotion into every track. It's this type of playing style that makes you respect a band.
The lyrics on this album are really good: they mostly are directed towards saving the environment, a topic usually untouched in metal, but never once sound preachy. That
is a testament in and of itself.
I hestitate to call "Indians
" the best cut on the album, but it's probably my personal favorite. In my mind, its slow, chugging groove that breaks into a brutally fast chorus section can't be beat by anything else on the album.
Anybody who appreciates it when a band tries to really create something unique and different should pick this (or one of their other albums) because the band truly sounds like nothing else. If you are a self-respecting fan of metal, you will get your hands on a Gojira
album and listen to experience one of the most unique modern bands out there.