GOJIRA OUGHT TO WRITE MITHRAS A BIG, FAT ROYALTY CHECK
Here I was, along with the rest of the metal literati, heaping praise upon Gojira for their sheer brutality and awesome originality. If ever there was a band in today’s metal scene that was completely different, this was it. Or so I thought until I took the advice of longtime MetalSucks maniac Hibernum and listened to the UK death metal band Mithras.
News flash: Gojira isn’t that original.
Don’t get me wrong; From Mars to Sirius was a fucking excellent album worthy of (nearly) all the praise that it got, the band destroys live and there are certainly plenty of things Gojira does that are original. But let’s give credit where it’s due.
Many of the things that are Gojira’s trademarks were ripped straight from the Mithras handbook. Their overall sense of tonality and riff structure, the full-chord pick scrapes, use of pinched harmonics in a very specific manner, vocal approach…
Listen for yourself. (I recommend “Wrath of God” to illustrate my point.).