Gojira, Burst, Zoroaster | Logan Square Auditorium | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Gojira, Burst, Zoroaster Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. 2009

It might seem redundant for a death-metal band to make an album about death, but Gojira don’t just splash around in hellfire and nihilism: the French quartet’s vision of the apocalypse is environmentalism’s worst-case scenario, an End of Days that doesn’t require armies of demons or a pissed-off God. Their current record, last year’s widely acclaimed The Way of All Flesh (Prosthetic), concerns itself with the world’s inborn cycles of renewal and destruction—and with how humans have doomed both the planet and themselves by behaving as though they were exceptions to those cycles. “Toxic Garbage Island” and “Wolf Down the Earth” in particular sound like eloquent and furious eruptions from the avenging id of Al Gore. The Way of All Flesh has been Gojira’s breakthrough album in the States: they had their first U.S. headlining tour last spring, and this time they’re spending much of their trip supporting Metallica. It’s a breakthrough artistically as well—their take on the usual chug ’n’ thrash is percussive and progressive, brutal and melodic, streamlined as a cyborg and unpredictable as nature’s wrath. Burst and Zoroaster open. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $13

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