Posts Tagged ‘Gojira’

war of the covers war machineLast week, we had a battle between Hatebreed and Gojira as to who covered Metallica’s Ride The Lightning track Escape better. You voted, the results are in, and the winner of that battle is Hatebreed by two votes which means it was a closer match than the first one. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you as we feature two titans of their respective metal sub-genres covering one common track between them. In one corner, we have Floridian death metal act Six Feet Under who have been destroying everyone in their paths since 1993 when they signed with Metal Blade Records. In the other corner is their label mates who come from across the ocean from deep in the heart of Europe in Swedish melodic death metal (often credited as Viking Metal) band Amon Amarth. What could be the common thread between the two of them besides the fact that they are on the same label and almost the same genre? Well, if you are observant, then you would see that it is the fact that they both covered War Machine, a cool track from Kiss’s tenth studio album Creatures Of The Night. It’s not surprising that they covered a Kiss track as Kiss had influenced a lot of different metal bands, but who did the song better? Six Feet Under covered the track on their third album, 1999’s Maximum Violence while Amon Amarth had it as a bonus track to their eighth studio album Surtur Rising. Unfortunately, only one of them can win and you are going to decide who by voting. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide. So, vote wisely and carefully!


war of the covers escapeA couple of weeks ago, we had our very first War Of The Covers which pinned UK Metal band Malefice against French groove/death metal band Trepalium as we decided who covered Pantera’s I’m Broken better. Unfortunately for Malefice, everyone overwhelmingly thought that Trepalium’s version of the track was better. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are exploring a cover from a band that is in the news right now for all the wrong reasons after the way they opened the year up. Apparently, Metallica is in the news right now because they are being accused of stealing a riff from an 80’s death metal band named Incubus on one of the tracks on their latest effort Hardwired… To Self Destruct. Whether that fact is true or not, there is no denying that Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands of all time (I said one of, not the). They have written some iconic material in albums like Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All. As a fan of music and metal, there is no denying that fact and the fact that they have influenced countless metal bands over the years. That is why I chose them because some amazing bands have covered Metallica over the years and I think we have a good one here. In 2005, if you had the Japanese version of Gojira’s amazing album From Mars To Sirius, then you noticed that the band covered the Ride The Lightning track Escape. Fast forward to 2009, hardcore metal giants Hatebreed released an all covers album entitled For The Lions which featured them covering the Lightning gem Escape as well. Now it is up to you guys to decide who covered it better? You have until the next post to decide.

Everyone’s favorite French metal band Gojira is back and they have a new album coming out soon. Magma which is the title of the band’s first album since 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage is due out in stores on June 17TH. To bide the time until the album’s release, the band has unleashed a music video for all the world to see and we have it for you here. The band released the music video for the track Stranded. The march of the elephants is on as the band’s signature sound is in full effect along with the chugging guitar tone in this very different video. The video is part performance video and part weird video with what looks to be a gypsy or voodoo queen. The band has stated that Magma‘s lyrical content was largely influenced by the death of frontman/guitarist Joe and drummer Mario Duplantier’s mother’s death. Mario states in an interview with Rolling Stone, “When you read Joe’s lyrics, for me, I cry right away. They’re very deep and to the point. No bulls–t. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music.” Joe adds to the convo saying, “Mario was recording drums, and I was playing guitar with him, just trying to help him know where he’s at in the song, and both of us would start crying at the same time.” Check out the video below, be on the lookout for the record on June 17TH, and you can pre-order here. Check out the album artwork below while you are it.


For this week’s music video of the week, I had other plans as to what video I was going to use, but some bad news changed my mind. The people of Paris, France were victims today due to terrorist attacks that occurred at several sites around Paris including a nightclub where there was a concert going on. Le Bataclan is the club that terrorists entered into and open fire during an Eagles Of Death Metal/Deftones show that was happening. So to honor the people of France and the people of Paris, I am dedicating this post to them. One of my favorite metal bands from France is Gojira (it means Godzilla) and I chose a song from the bands fifth studio album L’enfant sauvage (it means Wild Child). I chose the title track as the video for this week’s Music Video Of The Week and it’s a very creative one as well as it’s very artsy. Check it out below and my hearts and prayers go out to the people of Paris and France. Pray For Paris

Anyone close to me knows that I Mashups because the work that is behind them is tremendous and of course I will explain why. You may think that Mashups are easy to create because all you’re doing is taking two different songs and molding them together, but there’s a lot more to it because you have to find two songs that will mold together flawlessly. You also have to be good enough to make the tracks work so that they are flawless and sound as if they could have recorded that way in the first place. This is the first time that I have listened to anything from creator Orbsonb, but he takes Iggy Azalea’s Fancy and he mashes it together with French metal titans Gojira’s Flying Whales. While I can sit there and say how much I love how Iggy’s verses fit well with the song, it’s the chorus that creator Orbsonb executes that is the true magic with the track. He slows down Charli XCX’s part enough to make it work with the song even adding some hints of the original track by Gojira. It was brilliantly done and I absolutely love it. So, check out the mashup below and check out Orbsonb on Youtube here.

godzillaSo as you can tell from the title of this post, I am not talking about the brand new Godzilla (ゴジラ) film that has hit the theaters nationwide, but rather we are taking a look at the film that started it all called Gojira (1954). There have been 28 films in total that were made of Godzilla or Gojira as he was originally known in Japan as and produced by Toho Co LTD plus the four American versions of Godzilla (including the new one). Ships are disappearing off the shores of Japan and for a little while the locals are not sure why. They soon discover that the ancient dinosaur like monster named Godzilla was awaken by all the atomic bomb tests and he  is out to destroy Japan. A professor, his daughter, and her boyfriend are trying to figure out a way to destroy Godzilla before it’s too late. The movie stars Akira Takarada (Godzilla 2014) as Professor Ogata, Momoko Kôchi (Godzilla Vs Destroyah) as Emiko, Akihiko Hirata (Sanjuro)  as Professor Serizawa, Takashi Shimura (Seven Samurai) as Kyohei, Fuyuki Murakami (Ikuru) as Professor Tanabe, Sachio Sakai (Seven Samurai)as Reporter Hagiwara and the film was directed by Ishirô Honda (King Kong Vs Godzilla).

godzilla 2You have to love these old Japanese films because it’s the kind of stuff we joked about in 80’s American films like when Pee Wee Herman has just rescued his bike (Pee Wee Hermans Big Adventure) and they drive through a set where they are filming Godzilla. You see that Godzilla is clearly crushing model houses and toy cars as well as other stuff. You see the jet fighters and the fact that they don’t fly exactly straight because there on strings, but that is what I love about the film. It’s fun to watch and this is as good as it gets. They obviously made Godzilla look better with age, but he still has that iconic roar from this original film which introduced us to the monster we would all love and enjoy. I definitely think that before you go and watch the new Godzilla, you should definitely catch these films because you have to appreciate the beauty behind the original Godzilla and all the films that came after it. I still believe that the Japanese did a better job with Godzilla then we could ever dream of. With all of that being said, On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List Hollywood Film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving this a 1.8 due to the fact of what time frame this came from and what resources they had at the time to film with. Check it out!!! Long Live ゴジラ