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2016-10-06 19:00:00
7:00 p.m. October 6
France is hardly synonymous with heavy metal, but Gojira’s heroic mastery of the genre’s elusive, unholy trilogy — simultaneous power, groove and (relative) melody — really could make them a Gallic Metallica for whom the Wiltern will one day be an “intimate performance.” However menacing and militaristic the riffs and rhythms get on sixth studio album Magma, released in June, the quartet doesn’t shy away from atmospheric, almost incanted vocals, exotic instrumental excursions and washes of (seriously) Cure-y guitars. Defying a serial singer issue (Daniel Tompkins, the band’s third frontman, recently returned to replace their fifth frontman), England’s Tesseract have produced a trio of bewilderingly accomplished yet still artsy and soulful prog-metal collections. Fourteen-minute trilogy “Of Matter,” from 2013’s Altered State, alone would be well worth showing up early for.
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