The Way of All Flesh (album)
|The Way of All Flesh|
|Studio album by Gojira|
|Released||13 October 2008|
|Genre||Technical death metal, groove metal, progressive metal|
The album was released on 13 October in Europe via Listenable Records and on 14 October in the US through Prosthetic Records. It sold around 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at number 138 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The cover features artwork created by vocalist Joe Duplantier, who was responsible for the artwork on past albums. The album was recorded at the band's home studio while Joe Duplantier produced it. The drums were recorded in Los Angeles and engineered by Logan Mader, who also mixed and mastered the album.
Joseph Duplantier revealed to Total Guitar magazine that the album deals with their vision about life and death.
At the end of the song "The Art of Dying", there is a small part that is played backwards. If backmasked, the section would bear a resemblance to the song "Esoteric Surgery", which is then repeated at the end of that very next track. A similar technique is used at the end of "Wolf Down the Earth."
In March 2013, Listenable Records made a double vinyl format of the album available for pre-order, with the official release date listed as 29 April 2013; 250 copies each of blue and white vinyl were manufactured.
On 6 October 2008, a music video was released for the song "Vacuity", produced by Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin. The video was shot near the band's hometown in France, and starred the Duplantiers' cousin, actress Claire Theodoly. On 11 January 2009, Gojira released a second music video from the album, an animated video for "All the Tears", illustrated by Jossie Malis.
All lyrics written by Joe Duplantier, except where noted, all music composed by Joe Duplantier and Mario Duplantier, except where noted.
|1.||"Oroborus"||J. Duplantier, M. Duplantier & Christian Andreu||5:21|
|2.||"Toxic Garbage Island"||4:06|
|3.||"A Sight to Behold"||5:09|
|5.||"The Silver Cord" (instrumental)||2:31|
|6.||"All the Tears"||3:40|
|7.||"Adoration for None" (feat. Randy Blythe)||J. Duplantier & Randy Blythe||6:19|
|8.||"The Art of Dying"||9:54|
|11.||"Wolf Down the Earth"||6:25|
|12.||"The Way of All Flesh"||17:03|
- Hidden track
The final song and title track of the album, "The Way of All Flesh," contains a hidden instrumental song. The main piece of the track ends at 6:51 and the hidden songs starts in at 12:33 giving the song a period of silence lasting 5:42. The song contains complex layers of ambient guitar sounds with various echo and reverb effects. This song ends promptly at 17:03 and closes the album.
The original vinyl version does not contain this track; it ends at 6:51. The 2013 vinyl release contains the hidden track.
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