Gojira @ Koko London

Supported by Trepalium and Klone
11th November 2012
Review by Wolf Shankland

The streets of Mornington Crescent are a hustle and bustle of excited metallers tonight, all awaiting the amazing GOJIRA!! With their recently released L’Enfant Savage which is deemed one of their best albums to date, the massing crowd stands patiently in the cold as the main doors open up to allow entry.

With the crowds gathering to the bar and merch stalls I head down to the floor with a well-deserved beer with the Mrs to watch opening act TREPALIUM and what an opening act they were. Playing fan favourites like Sick Murder Boogie and Daddy’s Happy crowd explode onto the floor.

TREPALIUM, named after an medieval torture device, bring their technicality, bone crushing extreme death metal to our shores. A part of French death metal circle KLONOSPHERE (which also includes KLONE and HACRIDE) from the beginning of their creation, TREPALIUM (Latin for labour which is show in their show tonight) have played with massive names such as BEHEMOTH, ABORTED and MALEVOLENT CREATION and tonight support titans GOJIRA. But definitely a band not to be missed if you ever getthe chance.

Trepalium
Trepalium

Setlist:
Heic Noenum Pax
Prescription of Crisis
Insane Architect
The Worst Fiend
Decayed Emotion
Sick Murder Boogie
Daddy’s Happy
Necropolis
Usual Crap

Next up on the bill are KLONOSPHERE brothers in arms KLONE. Hailing overseas with brother band TREPALIUM these atmospheric death metal band really open up the scene well, painting pictures with each haunting note before pounding the walls into submission. Playing monster tracks such as Rocket smoke, Give up the Rest, All Seeing Eye before ending their set with their cover of BJORNS Army of Me. This act has painted a scene and the main act ready to take the brush.

The band have so much energy up on stage, with frontman Yann flying about on stage getting the crowd riled up for GOJIRA’s oncoming attack to the masses. But till then the crowd jump and mosh to the atmospheric sounds of KLONE and they deserve such a reaction.

Klone
Klone

Setlist:

The Eye of Needle (Part 2)
Give Up The Rest
All Seeing Eye
Rocket Smoke
The Dreamer’s Hideaway
Army of Me (Bjorn Cover)

The lights go down, the drums are moved to reveal the monster set belonging to drum master Mario Duplantier. Lights slowly dim on to the stage, the artwork from latest album L’Enfant Sauvage appears on the stage as GOJIRA arrive on stage, Christian Andrue, Jean Micheal Labadie arrive on stage, shortly followed by frontman and guitarist Joe Duplatier and the crowd roar!

Opening the night with the explosive Explosia (see what I did there) taken from new album L’Enfant Sauvage, the crowd goes wild, the bodies have already stared to fly and hair starts to fill the room.

It’s amazing that this extreme French metal band started out from the small village of Ondres, just off from the French city of Bayonne. Releasing their first demo back in 1996 the band went on tour under the name GODZILLA, obviously they had to change the name due to legal reasons, so instead they went for the alternative GOJIRA.
After releasing masterpieces such as From Sirus to Mars and The Link GOJIRA have played with some of the biggest names in the industry Ie: Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, Machine head and Behemoth.

With frontman Joe being invited to join Max and Igors CAVALERA CONSPIRACY as well as having LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe join them for song Adoration for none its safe to say that GOJIRA have made their mark in the metal industry!!!

Following Explosia are epic songs such as The Heaviest matter in the Universe, Backbone, Flying Whales the band follow up with their title track L’Enfant Sauvage and the crowd are literally jumpingoff the ground, horns in the air and beers flying!! Poor beer. But Oh my god what a set!!

Following the epic were masterpieces such as Toxic Garbage Island and Wisdom comes. Now I can’t remember what song it was but it was impressive that the brothers decided to change. Joe stepped away from the mic and jumped behind the drums as brother Mario took to the stage, micin hand leaving Christian to do guitars. It was so impressive, but alas the song title eludes me, but I know it was after Marios impressive drum solo!!!

As the band finishes up on Vacuity the crowd scream for more, and the band delievers, taken from the album L’Enfant Sauvage GOJIRA return to the stage with the beasty track The Gift of Guilt and what an epic to close on as the crowd scream and throw another into each other! VIVA LA FRANCE!!

An immense show and can’t wait to see these French rednecks on our shores again!

Setlist:

Explosia
Flying Whales
Backbone
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
L’Enfant Sauvage
The Art of Dying
Toxic Garbage Island
Wisdom Comes
Oroborus
Drum Solo
Clone
The Axe
Vacuity

Encore
The Gift of Guilt

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