True story: I was playing golf with my brother and father the other day, and because we are the delinquents who like to shake up the stuffy atmosphere prevalent at all gold clubs, we were drinking beer and blasting music. More specifically, music that should get you kicked out of a country club.
One of the artists my brother brought up was Gojira, the French metal outfit that lives somewhere in the margins between death metal and progressive rock. It was a busy day at the course, and I still smile thinking of the reactions any of the more conservative patrons might have had at the growls and punishing blast beats that were emanating from our speakers that afternoon.
Almost as if they were providing us with more ammo, Gojira has released a new single, ‘Into The Storm’, and announced a parent LP to go along with it, Fortitude.
‘Into The Storm’ starts off with a fairly typical metal sound, almost like a more aggressive version of Ghost. But then comes the breakdown, where the tempo suddenly shoots up a few thousand BPM and the swirl of guitars melodies, and death growls grow louder and louder before bursting back into the song’s chorus. Then, just when you think you’re back in the more melodic section of the song, another longer breakdown comes to the fore. It’s a glorious arrangement trick that rewards the ears with each subsequent listen.
“This song is infused with the concept of civil disobedience. Acting accordingly with our deepest wisdom and standing for what is precious and good in this world. The only possible revolution is the one that blossoms from within us,” vocalist Joe Duplantier stated in the song’s press release. If you want to scare the squares at your next hoity-toity get together, I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than by playing ‘Into The Storm’.
Take a listen to ‘Into The Storm’ down below. Fortitude will be released on April 30th.