Terra Incognita (Gojira album)

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Terra Incognita
Gojira terra incognita.jpg
Studio album by Gojira
Released March 19, 2001
August 24, 2009 (Re-Release)
October 10, 2016 (Remaster)
Recorded 2000-2001 at Impuls Studios, Belgium; mastered at La Source Mastering, Paris
Genre Technical death metal, progressive metal, groove metal
Length 66:49
Label Gabriel Editions (original release)
Listenable Records (2009 re-release, 2016 remaster)
Producer Gojira
Gojira chronology
Terra Incognita
The Link
(2003)The Link2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[2]

Terra Incognita is the debut album released by French death metal band Gojira. It was recorded and mixed by Laurentx Etxemendi. According to a text on the album inlay, the title (Latin for "unknown land") refers to the area inside of each man, where, according to Hindu legend, Brahma hid the divinity that he had taken from humanity for the punishment of its abuse. In 2009, the album was re-released in a limited edition digipack including three bonus tracks.[3] The 2009 issues of the album were for a limited time only and was eventually reissued once again 7 years later on October 10, 2016. Prior to these two reissues and the following years after the 2009 reissue, copies of the album were getting hard to find and were often selling at higher prices on auction sites and sought after by fans following long periods of time being out of print.

The man posing on the album cover is guitarist Christian Andreu.

The song "04" was made by Joe and Mario as a birthday present for their mother on her 50th birthday and was never intended to be released at all. The phone call at the beginning of the song is the brothers' uncle who left a voice-mail greeting his sister.

Track listing[edit]

2."Lizard Skin"4:32
3."Satan Is a Lawyer"4:25
4."04" (instrumental)2:11
5."Blow Me Away You (Niverse)"5:12
6."5988 Trillions de Tonnes" (instrumental)1:20
8."Space Time"5:23
9."On the B.O.T.A"2:49
11."Fire Is Everything"4:59
13."1990 Quatrillions de Tonnes"4:17
14."In the Forest"12:11
Hidden track

The song "In the Forest" contains a hidden instrumental song. The main piece of the track ends at 5:30 and the hidden song starts at 9:00, giving the song a period of silence lasting 3:30. The song contains complex layers of ambient guitar sounds with various echo and reverb effects. This song ends promptly at 12:11 and closes the album. On the "Reissue version", the song "In the Forest" ends and starts the instrumental hidden song after only 10 seconds of silence. The band employed a similar tactic with the closing and title track of their 2008 album The Way of All Flesh.



  1. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Terra Incognita review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  2. ^ Schroer, Brendan. "Gojira Terra Incognita". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "http://bulletins.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulletin.read&authorID=4552860&messageID=6535305233"[dead link]