Every so often a song just gets burned into my subconscious and I just can't get it out of my head... Gojira's "Stranded" is such a song.
I had heard of Gojira before, but I'm sorry to say that I never gave them much of a chance. That changed yesterday when a friend texted me the name of this song. Holy cow!
From the start, that chugging, lurching riff with the horror-movie sounding screech is hair-raising and hypnotic. The vocals on this are simultaneously angry and urgent, demanding your attention. As the song progresses, the riffing becomes a march backing up the agonizingly desperate sounding chorus. I dunno, to me it's just everything you could want in a metal performance.
Side note: It didn't escape my attention that this group's name is based on a certain radioactive Japanese monster... A heavy metal band named after a beloved kaiju? This warrants further research...