1. I think it will be of interest to include Gojira's newest song because I know that some of my readers are big fans of the band. The particular track in question is called "Of Blood and Salt." Interestingly enough, Devin Townsend (as well as Fredrick Thordendal of Meshuggah) helped with this one, and you can hear his vocals right off the bat. Truthfully, I find his vocal melodies to be atrocious, pushing me to wonder why Gojira chose to work with him. It's completely understandable why they chose Thordendal because Gojira practically worships Meshuggah, but, as for the song itself, it plods along at typical chuggy pace, making it a slow, uninteresting piece of music. This is the kind of song you don't judge an album off of. If the record is indeed as bad the song, well, you're out of luck.
Verdict: My thoughts amount to a big "meh." Maybe it will grow on me, maybe it won't. Sadly, Gojira don't have a good standing with me becuase I've tried more than once to "get" them, but the click never happens, and I always walk away forgetting what's went in one ear and gone out the other. I like a song here and there (okay, maybe more like two or three songs), but overall I'm not impressed by the band. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
Gojira - "Of Blood and Salt"
2. Moving on... This next one is pretty bad. Historically, I've been a fan of Alestorm because they successfully combine a pirate aesthetic with power metal. However, with this new track, they've gone too far because they're effectively parodying themselves both lyrically and musically. I understand that pirates like to drink, but how many songs are they going to write about it and/or have lyrics concerning it? Not to mention the synth melody, vocals, and overall composition of the song are quite laughable. This one is filler, and not the kind you can happily spin at any given moment. Bunch of tomfoolery right here.
Alestorm - "I Am a Cider Drinker"
3. Well, I've got to bring something good to the table, eh? This one isn't exactly a new discovery, but it's been sitting in my listening cache and "to search for on vinyl" list for some time. You might call this one generic. I certainly won't deny that it isn't particularly original, but it successfully captures the rockin' heavy metal feel that made/makes the genre fun. Too many bands have forgotten what that's like. Thankfully, we've got the trad. heavy metal movement going on, so maybe we'll get lucky.
Tyrant - "Metal Rules"