Gojira, ‘Les Enfants Sauvages’ – DVD/CD Review
Gojira have slowly ascended through the metal ranks, gathering more and more fans with each release and playing higher profile tours. The French act puts on a killer live show, which is documented in the DVD/CD ‘Les Enfants Sauvages.’
Just as they marked their 2003 album ‘The Link’ with ‘The Link Alive’ and 2008’s ‘The Way of All Flesh’ with ‘The Flesh Alive,’ Gojira showcase many of the songs on 2012’s ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ on their latest live release. It was their most successful album so far, landing at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 its opening week.
‘Les Enfants Sauvages’ was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy. The historic venue is an excellent place to record a live album. It holds more than 4,000 people, allowing for a boisterous crowd, but has a lot more character than a typical arena.
More than just a live release, ‘Les Enfants Sauvages’ comes with a hardcover photo book that chronicles the more than 150 shows Gojira played on three continents in support of ‘L’Enfant Sauvage.’
In addition to four songs from ‘L’Enfant Sauvage,’ the concert setlist includes tracks from ‘The Way of All Flesh,’ ‘From Mars To Sirius’ and ‘The Link.’ Joe and Mario Duplantier also switch instruments for a song. With the show clocking in at just under an hour, a few more songs would have been more than welcome.
The audio and video quality of the concert are excellent. There are plenty of crowd shots along with close ups of the band. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles in a Gojira show, because they don’t need them.
Gojira fans will definitely want to add ‘Les Enfants Sauvages’ to their collection, for both the concert DVD/CD and the accompanying book. You can see the band’s live show for yourself on their upcoming tour with Mastodon and Kvelertak.