We waited a LONG time to see Grammy nominated bands Deftones and Gojira…like a long time. The postponed 2021 show was finally recognized as they hit the stage last night, April 14th, in Portland, Oregon, at the Moda Center Theater in the Clouds.
Up first was the strange instrumental duo Vowws. LA based Vowws, comprised of Matt and Rizz, felt a bit out of place with the two behemoths that would follow, and quite frankly, who we were there to see. There was a bit of confusion, as Poppy was originally in that slot, but for whatever reason, Vowws was now in that coveted first band.
The two members were quite successful in the fullness of their sound, but it was a bit of an awkward combination. Vowws felt like the band playing at the club in the movie, “Pretty in Pink,” which isn’t really a bad thing.
But we were all there for either Gojira or Deftones, which, in itself, is a weird pairing.
Now to Gojira. The photographers weren’t allowed to shoot song one. And it was clear why: massive sound, blinding lights, pressurized fog streams, energy at level 10…it was an all-out assault of brilliant metal. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier lead one of the most amazing bands today. Gojira’s massive sound can be awkward and feel chaotic at first, but they always have the smart groove to capture those not familiar. Like Meshuggah, the music of Gojira gets inside of your bloodstream, feeding each cell, nerve, muscle. Once captured, you are a Gojira fan for life. The lights were phenomenal, and the band performed a top notch set of old and new. Of course, “Flying Whales,” and “Amazonia,” were included. The chatter on Facebook and Twitter captured the excitement and sentiment that everyone felt. Powerful, intense, amazing, brilliant…all words beautifully spoken and typed.
“Born for One Thing”