Joe explains the lyrical messages of each song, the approach the band took to the music, and more.
Part 1, Tracks 01 to 04 - "Explosia," "L'Enfant Sauvage", "The Axe", and "Liquid Fire".
Part 2, Tracks 05 to 08 - "The Wild Healer", "Planned Obsolescence", "Mouth of Kala", and "The Gift of Guilt."
Part 3, Tracks 09 to 11 - "Pain is a Master", "Born in Winter", and "The Fall."
Mario était l'invité de Radio Metal Mercredi pour parler entre autre du nouvel album, de l'évolution musicale et des thématiques abordées par le groupe.
Vous pouvez écouter l'interview complète sur le site de Radiometal en podcast.
An english transcription of the interview should be posted on their site very soon.
French death metal band Gojira have been in the studio over the last few months working on their follow up to their 2008 album The Way Of All Flesh. Vocalist Joe Duplantier is in New York finishing vocals and contemplating artwork, while the rest of the band are back in France rehearsing and preparing for their first visit to Australia for the Soundwave Festival.
It’s 1pm in the afternoon in Bayonne, France – and drummer Mario Duplantier has skipped his daily bodyboarding session to speak to Tonedeaf about Gojira’s new album, inspiration, and how he discovered metal.
French progressive death metal band Gojira is one of the bands to watch this year. Coming to Australia for the first time for Soundwave and releasing a new album sometime in the year. Drummer Mario Duplantier had a chat with him about the new album and coming to Australia for the first time.
How is recording the new album going?
Joe Duplantier my brother is finishing vocals in New York. I am not in New York; I am in France as I have finished the drums for the album. Right now my brother is finishing vocals and then next step is to mix everything in January and February.
Was there any material for the album pre written before going to New York or has it all been done there?
Everything has been written and recorded in New York. Usually we do everything ourselves, in our studio. This time we wanted to do everything in New York because it is easier for us. There is less stress and less energy so we decided to work with Josh from the beginning to the end.
Who is producing the album?
The album is being co-produced with my brother Joe and Josh Wilbur. He was the guy who produced the last Lamb of God album(Wrath).
How was it living in New York, whilst working on the album?
New York is amazing because it is a wonderful city; it is full of interaction, it is incredible. We come from the south west of France close to the oceans and mountains; it is poor from a cultural point of view. So when we go to New York it is amazing. You can see everything, eat anything, see so many things. It is a source of energy and inspiration.
Since the release of their 4th full length, The Way of All Flesh, French heavy metal behemoth GOJIRA has virtually exploded into the international metal scene. Following the release of that album, the four Frenchmen followed METALLICA as the opening act for well over a year, creating a solid fan base all over the world. What really makes these guys unique is that GOJIRA is not your average death metal band. They sing of man’s destruction of nature, loss of connection with the world, and the power of “Love”. Being French, these guys have been on my radar for quite a number of years and getting the opportunity to talk with frontman and guitarist Joe Duplantier was almost a dream come true. I will always remember playing a live video of this band in front of my high school French class and being the only one in the room headbanging to the churning riffs. But I digress, now in New York City recording their long awaited album; the band looks to make a powerful new edition to the GOJIRA anthology. After waking from my turkey coma, I picked up the phone and discussed with the Frenchman the recording of the long awaited new album, what is going on with the Sea Shepherd EP, and his thoughts on the Big Apple.
November 12, 2011. I’m in Long Island City, heading towards Spin Recording Studios, where the mighty Gojira have recently begun recording their new album with producer Josh Wilbur. It’s a big deal because a) it’s Gojira’s first album in more than three years, b) the band has just announced that they’ve signed with Roadrunner Records, and c) Gojira fucking rules, and I’m a massive, massive fan.
I’m still a good block-and-a-half away when I hear it. It’s so incredibly LOUD and metallic, it almost sounds like machine gun fire — but it’s too rhythmic to be a weapon. I decide it must be a street performer, banging on some sheet metal or something… except that I can see the street all around me, and it’s completely deserted. If it is a street performer, he’s very well concealed, and is apparently playing to an audience of no one.
By the time I arrive at the front door of Spin Studios — a large, steel entrance — the sound has become deafening. And as I peek through the small, submarine-like door window, I finally see the source of the sound: it’s Gojira skinsman Mario Duplantier, drumming on the door like the thunder god that he is.
Mario sees me, stops what he’s doing, and opens the door. I introduce myself; he shakes my hand enthusiastically. “Go upstairs to the studio,” he tells me. “I just to have finish this, then I’ll be right up.”
I assume he’s warming up for a take — yes, I know it’s a tad odd to warm up against a door, but who am I to tell to Mario Duplantier what is or is not normal? — until I begin to walk up the steps, and I see microphones strategically positioned all around the stairwell. At which point I realize, Holy shit, they’re recording this.
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