Magma

Gojira - Magma
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #46 / 926
User Score
Based on 273 ratings
2016 Ratings: #68
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Wide-eyed and hopeful where 2013’s L’Enfant Sauvage was claustrophobic and gritty, Magma is the kind of album that metalheads would love non-believers to check out, if only because it confounds all the usual stereotypes about the genre being unimaginative and dumb.

95
Metal Injection

From beginning to end, Magma oozes with passion, conviction and genuine artistry, and serves as an urgent reminder of why Gojira is one of the most important bands in metal.

90
PopMatters

Magma hardly represents the epitome of the avant-garde in today’s metal scene, but in offering a concise anthology of accessible, immediately engaging songs that nonetheless manage to redefine the edge of the commercial envelope, Gojira set the bar for what arena metal could be five years from now, ten years from now… whenever the more casual heavy metal demographic finally catches up.

83
Consequence of Sound

Magma is the most accessible and varied Gojira album yet.

80
Spin
It’s been a slow build, but if ever there was a moment that signaled the Gojira’s status as leaders in the continuing evolution of the genre, it’s now.
80
The Line of Best Fit

In Magma they’ve crafted a volatile landscape; severe and unforgiving yet capable of expansive beauty.

80
AllMusic
This album is not going to give Gojira any big pop radio hits, but it will certainly broaden their appeal outside of the death metal ghetto to more general fans of metal and hard rock.
80
Metal Sucks

No one should fault Gojira for taking some creative risks that don’t quite pay off the way they ideally would have. On Magma, the band shot for the moon, but landed amongst the stars. Talk about an uptown problem.

76
Pitchfork

The acclaimed avant-metal outfit Gojira’s sixth full-length LP is their most accessible release yet, melodically immediate and charged with emotion. 

70
Exclaim!

Magma demonstrates a healthy admission and channelling of Gojira's explosive tendencies into a record that is truly an intriguing change of pace when considering the band's more eruptive past efforts.

70
Rolling Stone

For those who can appreciate a tightly focused hard rock album infused with emotions that are often just as heavy as its riffs, Magma offers a listening experience that is as rewarding as it is therapeutic.

slickleg
91
"87", where the fuck was my decent mindset in writing down that tomfoolery?
This is quite possibly Gojira's biggest mainstream achievement, if not its predecessor, and quite possibly this was the peak of 2016 metal/rock. I'm changing its rating to a very well-deserved 93. The album has explosive, metal bangers like "Silvera" and "Stranded" then it has more prog-sludge-orientated highlights such as "The Shooting Star". The album conveys a terrific and ... read more
MaceBlade42
88
I normally don't like cats, but I do like when guitar screeches are basically cat noises. This is a great listen and I will likely have this in my active listening rotation for a few weeks. I'm starting to enjoy melodic elements in metal more, which makes me think I should go explore this music route someday.
FritoRio
87
They completely lost their death metal sound entirely on this one, but one cannot underestimate this album fucks
Brihongol
87
Even tone down is still good shit.
notbuzzzila
80
Gojira seem to have a bit of an Opeth complex going on. For the past two releases (including this one), they've moved away from their progressive death metal sound in favor of a more standard progressive metal affair. I welcome this move with open arms, because as much as I adore albums like From Mars to Sirius and The Way Of All Flesh, the band has proved that they're capable of great things with L'Enfant Sauvage and Magma. This album in particular is so hypnotic and engulfing, allowing you to ... read more
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Added on: April 14, 2016