Magma

Gojira - Magma
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #20 / 763
User Score
Based on 139 ratings
2016 Ratings: #143
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
Itโ€™s been a slow build, but if ever there was a moment that signaled the Gojiraโ€™s status as leaders in the continuing evolution of the genre, itโ€™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.

JustSomeGuy
78
After two albums that really impressed me and intrigued me into seeing what else Gojira have put out, I have to say that this record kinda disappointed me. Don't get me wrong, I liked this album a lot (as you could probably tell from the fact that 78 is still a high score), but as this is Gojira's most popular record, I expected more.

I'll start with the positive aspects, and that's that this thing starts off fantastically. The opener, The Shooting Star, was amazing and probably one of my ... read more
Silver
55
A mediocre output from everyone's favourite French quartet.

The riffs are "chuggy" and quite simplistic and this new style of clean vocals is somewhat off-putting, plus the filters used on his voice become really obnoxious after a while. I believe they tried using them to convey an atmospheric or haunting sound but it backfired, honestly. The drum-work is toned down as well, which is a shame considering what we've heard Mario doing before. The cathartic and just the overall sense of ... read more
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
21stcenturyschi
72
Edit: Original Score: 78

This is my introduction album to Gojira. I heard a few songs from them before, such as "Born in Winter", "Flying Whales" and "Toxic Garbage Island". I knew before going into Magma that Gojira is normally a progressive metal, and technical death band, so I was surprised to hear that this album is actually took a sort of stoner and groove metal approach. I do think that this was a bold move, and I do like when bands experiment, I do think ... read more
MasterCrackfox
78
I randomly realized that it has been almost exactly two years since I saw Gojira perform this album at Rock On The Range and felt compelled to revisit the album this morning.

One of the more impressive metal releases of 2016, Gojira have such a clean sound to each riff and blistering beat. There is an odd sense of catchiness to their songs as well, one of which you often do not expect from a metal release. I find myself "rocking out" to this album quite a bit when its on and really ... read more
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#33/Consequence of Sound
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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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