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Concert Review and Photos: GOJIRA at Brooklyn Steel

Gojira with Converge

Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY – 28 September 2017

Photos by Anya Svirskaya – Review by Sebastian Bjorn Benedict

Gojira made their way back to New York during the second leg of the Magma Tour, and this time around they took the stage at Brooklyn Steel. East coast metalcore outfit Converge opened the night with a no-nonsense, stripped-down approach. It’s been five years since the band released a new record, and tonight they gave the audience a taste of new material such as “Reptilian”, “I Can Tell You About Pain”, and “Eve” from their upcoming album The Dusk In Us, due out in November.

Gojira’s latest album, Magma, is in many ways an album that redefined the group’s musical approach, and could very well be what the Black album was for Metallica. Tonight, the band opened the hellacious set with the song “Only Pain”. The show was split evenly throughout the night between new material and classic tracks from their back catalogue. We were treated with five songs from the latest album, and we also got to see a live improvisation between the Duplantier brothers with Mario on guitar. As an encore we were treated to a medley of Metallica songs, as well as a cover of Sepultura’s “Territory”. Musically, Gojira has the capacity to take heavy music into the future, and they very well may have the potential to be as influential as Black Sabbath and Metallica. Their strength shows in their ability to constantly evolve and expand their sound, while also delivering a stage show that reflects their music perfectly.


Anya Svirskaya

I was born and raised in Donetsk, Ukraine and immigrated to NYC when I was eight years old. My passion for photography stems from my love of heavy metal and hard rock as well as my concert experiences. I was exposed to this music at an early age and it has been a big part of my life into adulthood. It is very rewarding and exciting to capture the small moments that musicians have on stage and get caught up in all the action in the mosh pit and take photos from that vantage point. When I am not behind my camera, I can be found teaching preschool. My love of music and photography allows me to create and plan meaningful activities for my students. I was very young when I discovered my passion and my goal is to help do the same for my students.

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