Life can be tricky for metalheads who turn to heavy music either to galvanize their conscience. If that sounds like a stereotype, plenty of metal bands play into the whole meathead/douchebag/sociopath thing and do it with pride. Gojira isnt one of those bands. On the other hand, Gojira doesnt simply spew pointed political sloganeering either. Instead, the band gets into some rather heady territory and puts its own peculiar, even esoteric, twists on environmentalism and spirituality. For a band to do this within the context of progressive death metal and not be obvious about it should come as nothing short of a revelation to genre aficionados hungering for more than the usual stuff about rotting cadavers. Dont get the wrong idea: Gojira has bodily obsessions and a preoccupation with mortality too - and does indulge them on new album The Way of All Flesh. But the French quartet elevates its scope far above and beyond the usual treatment offered by their peers. On The Way of All Flesh, Gojira seems to explore death as a way of getting to the life force that runs through everything. Heady - and heavy - indeed.
Mon., Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m., 2008