Let the games begin. Metal Mark, Jason Lekberg and half of the heavy music world have been trying to convince me for at least the last year that Gojira is this amazing band, that they are this original sound and they have amazing songs. I have never said a bad word about Gojira, but I don’t think of them as anything more than a talented group of guys who sound like a copy of Meshuggah. It’s not good or bad, it just ‘is’.
For me Gojira doesn’t do anything to keep my interest. If you love Meshuggah, you’ll likely love Gojira and that’s because it’s the same stuff. Enter Irish metalers, Chosen. How awesome a feeling that amongst the thousand press releases we receive a day, there is one with a gem inside, just waiting for you to click on it. Today that gem was Chosen.
I clicked on the link thinking it was going to be some folky Irish shit with traditional instruments and when the press release said, “Irish metalers” I expected more of a rock sound that they try to sell as metal. This is not the case. The one song they have available for listening started off kind of weird with a chord progression in the intro I might not have chosen, and then it broke into this furious riff setting the tone for a particularly awesome song. It has the elements of Meshuggah & Gojira, but with individuality setting them apart. The obious influences of Cynic and Death help shape the music, but the kicker for me is how similar it sounds to Gojira & Meshuggah, but with elements that I actually care about.
The band is releasing their album FOR FREE on their website tomorrow (http://www.chosen.ie/), but you can check out the track that inspired this post right now. Stay tuned for our full album review in the Album Reviews section. Let me know what you think. Maybe I’m fucking crazy, which I’m sure a ton of you think I am for saying this, but based on this one song I’m guessing that Chosen is what everyone wishes Gojira could be. The Meshuggah / Gojira sound… but with individuality and songs. We’ll find out tomorrow I suppose. Have a listen: