A friend of mine asked me to name some bands that Gojira sounds like. I honestly drew a blank. I know of bands that have influenced the French metal outfit but I truly can’t think of any bands that sound like them. They’re just one of those rare bands that are completely unique, offering a fresh approach to the genre that is fierce, brutal, and incredibly fascinating. Add to all of this the fact that the band is incredibly concerned about the environment, the planet we live on, and the well-being of people as a whole, and you have band that transcends stereotypes.
I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier during their current tour with Slayer and 4ARM. We discussed the status of a new album, the Sea Shepherd EP (which features Devin Townsend), French horror films, and much more. Check out this exclusive interview below! READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE
French extreme metal band Gojira has announced a full N. American touring schedule for this winter, beginning in mid-January and ending in mid-February. Support will come from The Devin Townsend Project as well as The Atlas Moth. VIP pre-sale will begin Tuesday, October 23 at 3PM local time, with public onsales to follow on Friday, October 26. Those who pre-order tickets before Dec. 1st will receive a free download of two live tracks: “Toxic Garbage” and “Love”, both of which were recorded at the August 2012 Webster Hall show in NYC. You will also receive a download of a full show from their current European tour. All tour dates are below.
Let me just say that I’m pretty peeved that they’re not making it through Michigan. Considering that DTP is supporting, there’s a damn good chance that they might perform “Of Blood And Salt“, which would just blow my mind. And I’m positive that right before they hit the first notes of that song, Meshuggah‘s Fredrik Thordendal would come riding in on a white horse, magical sunbeams shining behind him as his hair flows mystically. He wouldn’t dismount the horse, oh no. Rather, he would just float down, arms gently spread, a soft smile upon his face. A guitar would apparate around his neck and, suddenly, everything comes crashing down as the song begins. Seriously, I have $20 down that this will happen at one of the shows.
Check out our review of L’Enfant Sauvage here as well as our review of The Flesh Alive live DVD here. Gojira’s song “The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe” made #1 at my Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You Need To Headbang list here. READ MORE
Although the tour with Lamb of God and Dethklok has been cancelled, French metal band Gojira isn’t letting that hold them back as they venture out on their small headlining tour. The stops will include shows at the Heavy TO Festival in Toronto as well as the Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal. The band will also be performing on the second day of Slipknot‘s inaugural Knotfest in Minneapolis. Tour dates are below.
Make sure to check out our review of Gojira’s latest album, L’Enfant Sauvage here. READ MORE
Hailing from Bayonne, France, Gojira have been carving a name in the progressive metal world for several years. Blending technical aspects with epic, yet understated melodies, the band has created a unique sound, one that is ferocious and brutal yet far more accessible than most of the genres fare. Now, with their latest offering, L’Enfant Sauvage, the band will offer their sound to a much larger audience, thanks in part to their signing to Roadrunner Records. But is this album a step forward for the band? Read on for the review. READ MORE
French extreme metal band Gojira have released a video for the title track off their upcoming album L’Enfant Sauvage, which comes out June 26th via Roadrunner Records. The grim video, shot in black and white, is quite visually arresting and can be seen below.
Gojira will also be touring with Lamb of God and Dethklok this summer. Tour dates can be found here. The band is also releasing a live DVD entitled The Flesh Alive (details here). READ MORE
French metal band Gojira have teamed up with Pitchfork to stream the title track from their upcoming album L’Enfant Sauvage, which comes out June 26th via Roadrunner Records. I’ve already listened to the song probably ten times by now and I can’t get enough of it. If you want some heavy yet melodic metal to start your weekend right, I highly suggest clicking the above link and turning up your speakers.
L’Enfant Sauvage is the fifth studio album from Gojira. It has been four years since their last album, The Way Of All Flesh. Check below for the album artwork and full track list. READ MORE
What is with this year? We started out with Lamb of God
), then we got Meshuggah
) and now Gojira
has announced that they will be releasing their latest album, L’Enfant Sauvage
, June 26th (just in time for my birthday!). It’s as though 2012 is the year to melt your face off with unending brutal heaviness. My reply to that is simply bring it on! I crave more metal!
The latest from Gojira translates to “The Wild Child” and will feature 11 blistering tracks guaranteed to make you headbang until you develop a rather painful hernia (get a good chiropractor ready). Preorders will begin shortly with a special edition including two bonus tracks, a double-colored version of the album on vinyl, and an exclusive t-shirt.
Check below for the full track listing and a comment from singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier.