AOTY 2021

Fortitude

Gojira - Fortitude
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #214 / 665
Year End Rank: #21
User Score
Based on 420 ratings
2021 Ratings: #249
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound
Gojira have delivered a brisk, eminently listenable record that expands on their melodic sensibilities without abandoning their experimental tendencies, environmentalist policies, and emotional potency.
90
Metal Hammer

Fortitude is everything you wanted from Gojira and more: a breathtaking showcase of heaviness and dedication to the craft, teasing out tones, passages and emotional resonance other bands just can’t access.

90
Metal Injection

With Fortitude, Gojira has transcended the hype, satisfied expectations, and created an album that will certainly appear on many best of 2021 lists.

80
Exclaim!

If there was any doubt still about Gojira's potential, Fortitude proves unequivocally that the band are MVPs of modern metal.

80
Kerrang!
This is an important album, not only because it extends Gojira’s palette and cements their place as one of metal’s most skilled and uncompromising bands. They’re also one of the most inspiring as they call for strength, for action and above all for fortitude.
80
Clash
Only Gojira could make an album so suffused with positivity and faith in the human spirit, and then wrap it all up in the most earth-shattering package of heavy metal you’ll receive this year.
80
AllMusic

A brave new chapter in Gojira's continuing musical evolution as they weave old sounds with new ones in creating a sonic tapestry that showcases startling imagination, thought-provoking musical and human intelligence, complex emotions, and immense physical power.

70
Northern Transmissions
Make no mistake, this is a good record, the passion and fire are still there, and I think all the band’s hard work will continue to pay off for them, but as far as putting an album on I just can’t see myself reaching for this one ahead of some of their older work.
70
Sputnikmusic

Fortitude may not have the charisma and power of previous releases, nor does it have the ability to take us to Sirius, yet its joyful, all-encompassing spirit unveils a new creative cycle that deserves our full attention.

70
The Needle Drop

Gojira's conceptual thoughtfulness remains a mark in their favor on Fortitude.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Beneath the abrasive brutality, there is a real beauty ... And sure, it might not be for everyone, but neither are Fiona Apple or Radiohead.

70
PopMatters

If Gojira haven't betrayed their essence with Fortitude, they appear to be headed in that direction. For all the album's attributes, it has all the markings of a last exit before going too far.

60
The Arts Desk

French metallers deliver a sonically crafted pummelling their fans should enjoy.

60
NME
Positioning themselves somewhere between Bring Me The Horizon’s future-metal and the brute force of the genre’s legends, Gojira might be the perfect metal band for right now.
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70
Gojira never miss!

Their new album “Fortitude” does not reach the heights of “From Mars to Sirius” or “The Way of All Flesh,” but it’s still a nice addition to their discography, and I wasn’t disappointed. The album continues to explore a more progressive and groove metal sound that was established on the band’s previous two albums. However, I wish the album was slightly heavier.

The opener “Born For One Thing” instantly ... read more
BGL13
74
idk what to say about this besides it’s awesome

this is a very good metal album. i like how the vocals are heavy but it’s never like screeching levels. the instrumentals are captivating and the lyrics are surprisingly good. it does definitely get a little bit repetitive, but hey that doesn’t change the fact that is a fun album. good shit

faves: born for one thing, hold on, new found, another world into the storm
least faves: amazonia, title track, the tails, the chant
MasterCrackfox
76
I first discovered Gojira back in 2016 with the release of their well-praised progressive opus Magma, then had the pleasure of seeing them perform the stadium-ready album at a festival a year later. The French act have, in their more than twenty year crusade, have amounted a hefty collection of albums that speak to their seismic sound, and their most recent album Fortitude is no less gargantuan in scope. Although less memorable than their 2016 effort and perhaps not up to snuff compared to ... read more
Jamobo
70
The monster returns

Gojira are a very important band to me, as their 2016 album Magma became pivotal in my decision to actively try and enjoy Metal, rather than just letting it pass me by for being "too aggressive". I must have watched the video for Silvera a couple of dozen times before listening to the record and, along with Mastodon, worked my way backwards through their discography, slowly acclimatizing to, then appreciating and finally loving the heavier stuff.

It's been ... read more
FoxInTheCity
51
Primal, dissonant riffs. Evil, cold gutturalus. Dry, crushing percussion. 'Terra Incognita', which was born in 2001, immediately attracted metal community's attention: the formula "simplistic = goes very hard", deduced by Meshuggah, who have not yet given birth to a genre they will disown shortly afterwards,, found another implementer. The subsequent five chapters of the history of one of the main modern collectives of the genre only consolidated it, each time adding more and more ... read more
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Track List

1Born For One Thing
4:20
87
2Amazonia
5:00
85
3Another World
4:24
72
4Hold On
5:30
75
5New Found
6:36
76
6Fortitude
2:07
65
7The Chant
5:12
68
8Sphinx
4:00
82
9Into The Storm
5:02
87
10The Trails
4:07
75
11Grind
5:34
80
Total Length: 51 minutes

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Added on: February 17, 2021