L'Enfant Sauvage

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2012 Ratings: #33 / 1018
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2012 Ratings: #14
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June 26, 2012 / Release Date
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Roadrunner / Label
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The Guardian
France's Gojira have established themselves as one of heavy metal's most wildly creative and cerebral forces. Their fifth studio album sustains their trademark blend of unfathomable heaviness, structural invention and ecological-cum-existential poetry while subtly enhancing its dramatic and emotional impact.
A.V. Club

Not only is L’Enfant Sauvage relentlessly assured, it’s the group’s most articulate release to date, and that’s saying something.


The bulk of L'Enfant Sauvage churns and sprints and charges, with tangents taking shape within the songs rather than dictating them.

French art-metallers wage guerrilla warfare, chop through heady melodies, ambush with feral death-grooves.

This album presents a commanding collection of songs which solidify everything Gojira achieved on The Way of All Flesh

Metal Injection

L’Enfant Sauvage seems almost effortless, and shows that the band know exactly what they need to sound like to get heads a-bobbing and fists a-pumping. No frills, no unnecessary technicality, and certainly no mindless electronic interludes.


An utterly exhausting but consistently thrilling listen, L'Enfant Sauvage is arguably a career best which suggests Gojira have found their spiritual home.

In shedding some of their baggage, Gojira have found purpose. "L'Enfant Sauvage" is the band's strongest outting to date and a fine metal record overall.
While I wouldn't say it's as good as Gojira's previous project, this is still an absolutely phenomenal album and one of the best metal records I've heard from recent years. I can't really say that this was as good as The Way Of All Flesh because there were a few points where my attention dipped a little, which is something I can't say for the previous album.

However, this is an amazing release with mostly brilliant songs. All of the same points I brought up in my previous review all hold up ... read more
No other metal album has felt as fearless and packed a tighter punch this decade than Gojiras magnum opus "L'Enfant Sauvage". A near perfect album that stands as the best achievement in the metal community in the 2010's.
This album is fantastic, it is technically strong, the production is great, lyrically fantastic, fantastic vocals, is still prog. This thing sounds like a beast in a futuristic movie of sorts. I say this because the production is the cleanest of any Gojira album up to this point. However, I don't mind that. It is clean but it adds to the vibe of this album and honestly makes it feel more authentic. I really couldn't name you a track I dont love on this monster. Gojira reinvents themselves here ... read more
Let's review some more Gojira because why not. So I never really was a big fan of this album previously, I thought it was by far their worst with it's usually boring, repetitive and left over riffs and just didn't stand out compared to their other stuff.
I will add points as I continue though the album. I think I may also start rating individual tracks.
Just with the first two tracks I really notice an increase in production quality, it's very thick and bass heavy with some very chunky riffs ... read more
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Track List

  1. Explosia 
  2. L'Enfant Sauvage 
  3. The Axe 
  4. Liquid Fire 
  5. The Wild Healer 
  6. Planned Obsolescence 
  7. Mouth Of Kala 
  8. The Gift Of Guilt 
  9. Pain Is A Master 
  10. Born In Winter 
  11. The Fall
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Added on: June 26, 2012