L'Enfant Sauvage

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2012 Ratings: #30 / 946
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2012 Ratings: #41
June 26, 2012 / Release Date
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Roadrunner / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.
91
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.

81
Pitchfork

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

80
Spin
French art-metallers wage guerrilla warfare, chop through heady melodies, ambush with feral death-grooves.
80
PopMatters

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

80
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.

70
AllMusic

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

70
Sputnikmusic
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.
JustSomeGuy
91
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
notbuzzzila
100
My second-favorite Gojira album and one of the best albums I've ever hard. Progressive, technical, aggressive, impressive. Every song is a highlight.
jane31
85
My favorite Gojira album. Just awesome front to back with great unique and innovative metal music. Just about every song hits hard and all together they make up an amazing record. It could use some more literal song structures. Also at times it feels like the songs aren't different enough.

BEST: Explosia, Born in winter, The Axe

WORST: The wild healer, The fall, Planned Obsolescence
slickleg
100
Not one single fucking bad moment showcased on this record. Every intricate and beautiful movement, sound and solid piece of production flows beautifully into the next. Absolutely breathtaking. This is the record that secured Gojira as one of my five favourite bands in the world. I don't necessarily think this is any better than the masterpieces that came before it, but this captured me most of all in terms of how many songs are subjected to favouritism as well as being a factor in recurring ... read more
CxAylward
87
heavyyyyyyyy
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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