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Gojira at The Forum, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: The Forum, London

Bayonne’s metal juggernaut trip the light fantastic

Anyone concerned about the health of modern metal will have their faith restored after tonight. It may be a Sunday night, but the sold-out Forum is already packed for opening act CAR BOMB [7]. The Long Islanders’ latest album, Meta, was produced by Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier and even features him as a guest vocalist. It’s no surprise, then, that they were handpicked for this tour. That their sole previous tour in the UK was supporting Meshuggah explains a lot; with their sweeping djent riffs and polyrhymthic battering, their sound and performance has clearly been influenced by the Swedes. They even come bearing a self-made, scaled-down version of Meshuggah’s legendary flashing, dagger-like light spectacle. Car Bomb’s meaty riffs sound rooted in New York hardcore, though, and between the aural bashing, there are snippets of clean, melodic vocals – an anomaly to their sound, perhaps, but the audience’s fervent singing along and cheers prove it’s not a negative one.

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