Where: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
French metal juggernauts Gojira have returned to UK shores for a headlining tour and have brought Car Bomb and Code Orange with them for the ride. We went to their sold out London show to get a healthy dose of metal.
Car Bomb hail from Long Island, New York, and are best described as a mix of progressive metal, mathcore, and experimental concepts. Melding all kinds of advanced compositional ideas with disorientating shifts, it’s ideal for those who want something a little more challenging on the ears.
As Pink Floyd‘s ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ filled the room, we wait for the next band to take to the stage; Code Orange, from Pittsburgh. Having not come across the band before what unfolded was a curious mix of breakdowns, a sprinkling of thrashy riffs, furious vocals and even hints of slightly calmer hard rock elements. One thing that can’t be faulted is the sheer amount of energy the band had on stage. Rarely was there a moment where there wasn’t at least one member of the band headbanging away or thrashing about the stage. All in all, a solid performance.
As the venue fills out and the crowd descend onto the floor, Gojira take to the stage, launching into ‘Only Pain’ from their latest album, Magma, swiftly followed by ‘The Heaviest Matter of the Universe’ and ‘Silvera’. The crowd are in a frenzy as song after crushing song sounds out through the venue. You can sense the band feeding off the energy of the crowd.
We’re treated to many Gojira classics, including ‘Flying Whales’, ‘Backbone’- with the strobe light-filled outro of ‘Remembrance’- and ‘Toxic Garbage Island’. Each track breathes new life into an already energised crowd. There are also solo performances from the Duplantier brothers, showing off their guitar and drum chops which were well received by the crowd.
With only the encore to go, Gojira unleash two more heavy hitting songs in the form of the guitar tap fest ‘Oroborus’ and the supremely heavy ‘Vacuity’, which naturally was executed flawlessly.
Another night in London. Another crushing night of metal.