In a twist of reality I’ve gone from the Portuguese underdogs of Prayers of Sanity, to quite possibly the biggest band in France, if not Europe at this moment in time, and one currently riding high on the crest of a wave – Gojira.
I’ve never really given the Bayonne band a chance, their brand of progressive death metal has always seemed to come across a bit to self indulgent for my liking, but I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about their latest release Magma so I’ll end up giving that a blast at some point.
I’ve seen the band five times since 2007 when they supported Trivium and Annihilatorin Wolverhampton. The most recent time being on the Lock Up stage at the Leeds festival last year. One of those five performances was in 2012 supporting Metallica in the stadium where tonight’s European final is being held, Paris’ Stade de France.
They played the main stage at this years Hellfest to what has been reported as a particularly huge and partisan crowd, but instead of making it a sixth time I opted to see Brazilian crossover punks Ratos de Porão on the Warzone stage, a band I’d never seen live. I’m unlikely to catch them at the Bloodstock festival next month, so that sixth time could be on November’s and 2016’s most bizarre line up where they are on a bill headlined by Alter Bridge with VolBeat also playing.
The track L’Enfant Sauvage is taken from the 2012 album of the same name. Until Magma erupted last month, L’Enfant Sauvage was their most commercially successful release, but the new one has outdone it’s predecessor in every country that it has charted in. Maybe it’s time for me to jump on the Gojira train?