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“World To Come” – Why We’re Excited That Gojira Are Back In The Studio

Are Gojira going to have a hard time recording a follow-up to L’Enfant Sauvage which was a) nearly four years ago and b) perfect.

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Cast your minds back if you can to 2012: most of Britain had it’s head in the toilet bowl being violently ill from either too much or not enough of the Olympic spirit; the government was one year into sinking it’s leech-like teeth into the more vulnerable members of society; Gojira had just released L’Enfant Sauvage. Their fifth studio album and it was a sprawling, scorching, screamer of an album, filled to the brim with quality progressive death metal. And the fact it wasn’t even rated as highly as the rest of Gojira’s music just goes to show the quality of this band.

But here, friends, we find a problem. It isn’t 2012 any more. It is 2015. Gojira have announced that they have finally returned to the studio to record the follow-up to L’Enfant Sauvage, which undeniably is a good thing. There’s only so much modern metalcore and average pop-punk that one can be spoon-fed without needing a hearty dose of something actually well-written to make the twitching stop.

The problem that we face though is that (in our time of fickle fans who hop from one “next big thing” to the next like a frog on a floor made of sandwich toasters) Gojira may have left it a bit too long. Four years (by the time the next album is finished and released) is a long time, especially in the music industry. Scene, fans and indeed the band themselves will have gone through enormous changes during this time, and to suddenly pop up and say “Hey! It’s us! We’re back again!” may be an obstacle that even musicians as phenomenal as Gojira may have trouble overcoming. The guys are going to need to produce something truly special in order to capture the attention of enough people to prevent the follow-up to L’Enfant Sauvage falling on its face commercially.

Not to get all nervous about an album that hasn’t even been fully written yet, but another problem that Gojira may face is that producing a follow-up to an album that was as incredible as L’Enfant Sauvage is going to be a tall order. When your last album was Metal Hammer’s album of the year when it came out, and you have albums like The Way Of All Flesh and From Mars To Sirius in your discography, you do start to wonder if there’s a chance that Gojira may fall victim to their own high expectations.

The thing is though, the world needs Gojira, and it needs a new Gojira record. It needs a band who are consistently capable of writing albums of such potency, of such universal acclaim within the heavy metal world that almost none can question their quality, and of such intense heaviness.

Help us Obi-Wan Gojira, you’re our only hope.

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