Magma

Gojira - Magma
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #20 / 760
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2016 Ratings: #147
June 17, 2016 / Release Date
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Roadrunner / Label
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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.

Universe555
74
One of the best metal albums I've heard so far.
Stankysauce
72
I find it strange how you go more progressive and more commercial at the same time. The commercial aspect is obvious on the songs Stranded and Silvera. While I still like these songs, I hope they don't keep going in this direction. Silvera is a chugging, 3 minute long and very cleanly produced song that I could picture myself hearing on a metal radio. And Stranded is like 80% chorus. Almost every other song has a very progressive edge and a few copy paste the Stranded formula. I also wish that ... read more
Tielur
85
A well constructed metal album that only gets better with each listen.
jane31
80
Gojira's objectively best work. Just doesn't have the heaviness and raw energy and vibe of the older records but in return it gives progressive creative unique and still pretty heavy innovative metal music. There's a little bit for everyone in this album.

BEST: Only pain, Low lands, Stranded

WORST: Liberation, Yellow stone
gas_souza
75
The Shooting Star - 80
Silvera - 80
The Cell - 75
Stranded - 75
Yellow Stone - 75
Magma - 80
Pray - 75
Only Pain - 65
Low Lands - 70
Liberation - 75

Destaques: Magma e The Shooting Star
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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#33/Consequence of Sound
#46/Sputnikmusic

Track List

  1. The Shooting Star
  2. Silvera
  3. The Cell
  4. Stranded
  5. Yellow Stone
  6. Magma
  7. Pray
  8. Only Pain
  9. Low Lands
  10. Liberation
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