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Gojira Rises And Attacks New Orleans

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When shows have similar-sounding bands on the bill, it’s hard to write a good show report. When the bands sound very different from each other, the experience becomes very different. Gojira brought along scary psychedelics Zoroaster and hard-to-classify Burst. The show was diverse but very heavy and complex. While Gojira is on tour with Metallica, they are taking the time on off-days to play in the cities that the big show is missing. Any one who goes to see Gojira’s headline show will be very glad that the band made the decision to fill in the gaps.

The trio of men that form Zoroaster seem to have an otherworldly connection between them. They could conjure up the devil and make him play guitar if they wanted to. The powerful and achingly slow psychedelic metal hypnotized the audience and controlled their minds with each strum and beat. Each song was connected to the last; no pauses were taken. The heaviness of the music was relentless; songs seeming to never end and then going straight into the next without stopping.

The next band Burst from Gothenburg, Sweden, is touring the U.S. for the first and last time. In fact, the band is breaking up when this tour ends. I’m glad I had the chance to see them live because the strange, eclectic music they play is amazing. The guitars were hard rock, the bass was metal, the vocals were hardcore, an acoustic guitar accompanied and the drums played everything else you can imagine. The melody changed from upbeat to scary to atmospheric and mellow. All of the five musicians that filled the small stage kept saying how happy they were to finally tour America, but said nothing about how they would never be there again.

Finally, Gojira walked on stage and went immediately into the first song from “The Way of All Flesh” called “Orobus.” Each band member, especially bassist Jean Michel Labadie, had incredible energy and truly put all of their souls into playing. The crowd favorite was “Flying Whales” when the guitarists and bassist shred simultaneously and dramatically around the stage. The moshers were at their most brutal, and moved the police-style barricade from five feet away from the stage to against the stage. Trust me, I was against that barricade. There were some fans there singing every word to every song perfectly, proving the power these men have over their craft and how people become so enamored with them. Sadly, after the set ended and their encore ended, it was over. After this tour, Gojira will take some time off. But fear not. Like the ferocious Japanese beast they took their name from, they will come again to attack and conquer.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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1. juanmachismokiller writes:

you guys rock yesterday at houston

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2. Dan Contogiannis writes:

What a line-up. Wish this tour came here. Burst are unreal.

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3. Nihilist writes:

Floods and now Godzilla poor New Orlean

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4. n0thinghead writes:

ROFLMAO!!!!!! (#3) ur my new hero man.

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5. n0thinghead writes:

i f***ing gojira!!! i just wished they came back =(

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