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Heavy metal quartet Gojira got their name from the original Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla. The French band combines post-metal, death, thrash, progressive, and groove elements with environmental and philosophical-themed lyrics. L’Enfant Sauvage, the band’s sixth album, helped them find mainstream success.

Originally from Bayonne, France, the band recorded their first demo in 1996. By the year 2000, band members Mario Duplantier (drums), Jean-Michel Labadie (bass), Christian Andreu (guitar), and Joe Duplantier (vocals/guitar) recorded Terra Incognita, their debut album.

With their unpredictable blend of progressive, metal, groove, death, and thrash, the album made significant waves and was likened to more popular bands Sepultura, Suffocation, Meshuggah, and Pantera. The Link, Gojira’s second album, was released by Boycott Records and was reissued by Listenable.

After gathering steam, the band released From Mars to Sirius, their third full-length. The album entered the French charts at number 44. It also led to several European festival appearances. Gojira also went on tour with bands Hatesphere, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, and Obituary.

After the extensive promotional cycle for From Mars to Sirius, the band was considered a force to be reckoned with in the studio and on stage. The Way of All Flesh, their highly anticipated fifth album, was released by Prosthetic Records in October 2008. It debuted strongly at number 138 on the American Charts.

Since the band toured extensively, it took nearly four years before they were able to record their next album. In 2012, the band signed to major label Roadrunner and released L’Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child). L’Enfant Sauvage was inspired by the film of the same name. It was directed by French film director François Truffaut.

The album received critical praise and earned a spot in the Canadian, French, United States, and Swedish charts. Magma, the band’s seventh album was released in 2016. The album earned the band a pair of Grammy nominations. A few years later, they released Fortitude. Amazonia, a track from the album, was also nominated for a Grammy.