Gojira is a [[TechnicalDeathMetal Technical Death Metal]] band from Ondres, south-western France. Originally called "Godzilla", they changed their name to Gojira for legal reasons.

Gojira plays a technical and rhythmic style of heavy metal with precision drumming, unusual rhythm patterns, and start-and-stop riffs. Gojira has also been known to incorporate textured atmospheric elements and instrumental songs into their music, whilst employing progressive and uncommon song structures rather than standard verse, chorus, verse songwriting. The vocal style is varied, ranging from the screamed style often employed in extreme metal, with the death growl style predominantly used in death metal, in addition to clean vocals and higher screams. At times, death metal growls and clean vocals are mixed to create an aggressive but melodic effect. Lyrically, they have a strong environmental theme, centred on man's reckless disregard for nature and its potentially apocalyptic consequences, as well as a rather spiritual approach of death.

Their style has gradually evolved to a somewhat more melodic and accessible approach over the years, to the point their latest album Magma (2016), while still quite heavy, veers aways from Death Metal almost entirely and is half-sung, half-screamed.

Current lineup:

* Joe Duplantier (vocals, rhythm guitar)
* Mario Duplantier (drums)
* Christian Andreu (lead guitar)
* Jean-Michel Labadie (bass)


* ''Terra Incognita'' (2001)
* ''The Link'' (2003)
* ''From Mars To Sirius'' (2005)
* ''The Way of All Flesh'' (2008)
* ''L'Enfant Sauvage'' (2012)
* ''Magma'' (2016)

!!Tropes that apply to Gojira:

* AlbumTitleDrop: ''The Way of All Flesh'' has one within the first 40 seconds of "Adoration for None." The line it's heard in is, "Destined to rule my life, and go ''the way of all flesh.''"
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "All the Tears" and "Born in Winter."
* BilingualBonus: The first verse of "Low Lands."
** "Tell me what you see / In the afterlife / ''Par-delà le ciel'' / ''Par-delà le soleil'' ("Beyond the sky / Beyond the sun")
* TheCameo
** [[Music/DevinTownsend Devin Townsend]] and [[Music/{{Meshuggah}} Fredrik Thordendal]] had guest appearances on the track "Of Blood and Salt."
** [[Music/LambOfGod Randy Blythe]] did vocals on "Adoration for None" off ''The Way of All Flesh''.
** The entire band did guest vocals on The Atlas Moth's "Blood Will Tell."
** Joe has also done guest work with bands like Music/{{Apocalyptica}} and Trepalium.
* ConceptAlbum: ''From Mars to Sirius'' and ''Magma'' to some extent.
* DeathMetal
** [[ProgressiveMetal Progressive]] [[TechnicalDeathMetal Death Metal]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Mario, back in the band's early days, looked quite feminine.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: "Terra Incognita" is noticably heavier and more inspired by traditional death metal than the rest of their works. The ''Godzilla'' demos are even stranger as they have little to no prog influence and consist of death metal à la Music/{{Death}}.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble
** Phlegmatic: Joe
** Choleric: Mario
** Sanguine: Jean-Michel
** Melancholic: Christian
* GenreBusting: While leaning towards tech death, they have been associated with thrash metal, progressive metal and groove metal. The progressive elements have generally increased on each album they have released, to the point where ''L'Enfant Sauvage'' is probably more prog than tech. ''Magma'' throws in some ambient elements too.
* GreenAesop: Their main lyrical focus.
* {{Instrumentals}}: At least one per album.
** "04" and "5988 Trillions de Tonnes" from ''Terra Incognita''
** "Torii," "Connected," and "Dawn" from ''The Link''
** "Unicorn" from ''From Mars to Sirius''
** "The Silver Cord" from ''The Way of All Flesh''
** "The Wild Healer" from ''L'Enfant Sauvage''
** "Liberation" and "The Yellow Stone" from ''Magma''
* LighterAndSofter: ''Magma''. See NewSoundAlbum below.
* LongRunnerLineup: The band's lineup hasn't changed at all ever since they took the name "Gojira", with only the bassist [[ThePeteBest Alex Cordillon]] being replaced just before they recorded ''Terra Incognita''.
* LoudnessWar: It's modern death metal. This is pretty much expected. It's far from the worst example of the trope in modern death metal, but ''The Way of All Flesh'' comes in at [=DR6=] and is somewhat clipped, for example. The vinyl edition of at least ''The Way of All Flesh'' is better, apparently being separately mastered and not suffering from very much, if any, clipping.
* MetalScream: Joe is keen on using Type 1's and 2's, although he's been using almost exclusively Type 1's in the later works.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally a standard 9, sometimes an 8 or a 10, though some passages of their songs go noticeably lower. ''Magma'' drops down to a very hard 8 for the most part.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Magma'', while keeping death metal elements, is generally less agressive and more accessible (though still quite heavy), has more clean vocals, and even has an ''acoustic'' instrumental as the final track. Also, most songs have choruses, which were almost non-existent in their previous albums. Both Mario and Joe have clearly said in interviews that they were no longer a death metal band.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: ''Magma'' was inspired by the death of Joe and Mario's mother, and so has a much more somber and personal sound than past records.
* SiblingTeam: Joe and Mario Duplantier are brothers.
* SignatureStyle: Rhythmic TechnicalDeathMetal songs featuring heavy use tremolo picking, NuMetal influences and double-kick triplets that sing about [[GreenAesop ecological themes]].
* SpaceWhale: ''From Mars to Sirius'' is about these, and features one on the cover.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Liberation" is a quiet accoustic lullaby that's as different as can be from their usual sound.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Born in Winter" and "Silvera," due to its bizarre imagery.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Everyone knows Mario and Joe. Jean-Michel and Christian are just "the other two".