Certain members of Deathember would haul me away and donker my handkers in a rotten pile of doodlefish for putting something as "lame" as Gojira's The Way of All Flesh into "bands we like". For it's not really bands WE like. Rather bands two of us like. Or three. It's that hard to find a common name among us. Simon is the culprit for Protest the Hero, as am I for Soilwork. But if we abandon personal taste and try to aim higher, and really target the records that had a huge impact of sculpturing Deathember's sound, The Way of All Flesh is one of them.
The general feeling of Gojira is one fairly close to the pretentious, almost funny, interview responses that mainly the Duplianter brothers can claim credit for. Pseudo-nonsense about light balls of energy and how one must become a wave in the music, mangled with a humble and honest understanding of nature and the human mind.
The general feeling being fairly indescriptable, but landing somewhere close to a sense of fulfillment. It's reminiscent of the effect pure anger bands like Ion Dissonance has on oneself after a really shit day at work - you know, "the anger transforms into music", old cliché, but in this case, the transition is more mentally oriented. That's just one side of the bands work. The other side can not be described in a more refined way - Gojira, and The Way of all flesh in particular, just fucking breaks you. 'Might' is a word often misused - like when describing new popsicle tastes - but here it fits just as well as the no-nonsense ride bell punch at 0:14 in Toxic Garbage Island.
As you start this record, the mighty Gojira towers over you, and breaks you down into pieces, only to carefully reconstruct your being to the tender notes of the title track's soothing outro. The thing that tickles the most about this colossus of a record is the way Gojira makes their sofistication and brutality seem like they're one. Often is it said that the angrier the man, the better the metal - a saying fronted by countless pissed off teens hating on parents, dissapointed philantropists who made their world an enemy or the legendary Mark Hunter - but Gojira is here to prove that saying wrong. The Way of All Flesh states once and for all that there's no "/" between meditative and mad, but rather a "=". Gojira was always a big inspiration for Deathember.
I would get as much response for my tries to proclaim the band's greatness by pseudo-nonsense about light balls of energy and how one must become a wave in the music as Pontus would by saying "Backbone is fucking brutal!" It was rather the fact that Gojira abhors labels and genres, seeking their own idenity in the sea of influences and inspiration that drowns most bands that caused Deathember to take a liking to the band's work. "It's unique", said Staffan in 2010, "We must also be unique". (Shortly afterwards he wrote the song ”Trust”, but for argument's sake lets ignore that) It was mostly, though, on a theoretical level that we got influenced by The Way of All Flesh. The grinding tremolo guitars, mecksy outros and an addiction to triplets of Going Postal all date back to that album.
It can seem hypocritic that one takes influences from another although one strives to be "unique". But as the saying goes - all great artists starts a plagiarate. You must learn to master another's style in order to create your own. And Gojira is no strangers to that. Closely magnifying Terra Icongita, one could clearly see influences from the thrash and death bands that the Duplianters so heartily consumed. Only on The Way of All Flesh, or perhaps even From Mars To Sirius came to fruition what we now revere as "true Gojira." And mastering what others did was, perhaps subconciously, what we did back in 2010. Now, three years later, here's to hope that we've begun our travel towards the latter.