How did the album cement Gojira’s place in the metal pantheon and lead to their increased popularity in the years to come? How would its proprietary blend of brutality, progressiveness, technicality and unique production make it into a modern day classic?
What elements did the band bring to their metalcore base on this album that made it stand out at the time? How did the newly solidified lineup (with Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance joining the fold) improve the band’s sound? How did this album set the stage for the band’s future evolution?
How did the band’s new, more guitar-oriented style change their sound? How does the album masterfully mix speedier songs with slower ones? Why did this album in particular launch Bodom into the worldwide metal spotlight? And what about THOSE GUITAR SOLOS THO?!?!
How did the collaborative nature of writing on this record impact Maiden’s sound? What did the band’s newfound exploration into epic storytelling and more progressive songwriting do for their future direction? What would happen next after Adrian Smith’s departure?