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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Scott McLennan of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports: GOJIRA's singer and guitarist Joseph Duplantier said that after making its first two records — "Terra Incognita" and "The Link" — the band approached its third album, "From Mars To Sirius", with more confidence and with more ideas.
"When we made our first album, we all had jobs or were in school. Whenever we could meet and compose, the only thing we composed were fast songs because we were so excited. We put all our aggression into the music," Duplantier said. "Now we are a full-time band. We are not just coming to the music with aggression. We play music all day, so we are playing music we want to hear. When you spend every day in a rehearsal space, you want to hear changes, so we go to some mid-tempo compositions and look for ways to keep the verses interesting. I think we are playing better because we are trying different things."
Duplantier said that growing up in Bayonne in Southern France engendered the band's eco-friendly attitudes.
"We feel sensitive about the Earth and caring for the planet. We live near the Atlantic Ocean and mountains are nearby. We have always been close to nature and its effects. It is only sensible to be concerned about the ecology," he said.
Duplantier said he realizes that people going to see GOJIRA are coming out for a show and not for a political discussion. Thus, much of its work is not explicit politicizing, but in many in cases a matter of weaving band members' beliefs into the songs.
And Duplantier said that hopefully GOJIRA will be able to record new songs soon. The band has been touring in support of "From Mars to Sirius" for more than two years. Listenable Records in France put out the album in the fall of 2005, and Prosthetic Records in the U.S. released the disc last year.
"We are working on a new album," Duplantier said. "But it is hard trying to compose on the bus."
And part of the difficulty comes from the fact that GOJIRA is not likely to repeat itself on its forthcoming record.
"We do what we feel we are meant to do," he said. "When the music is right, you feel it and it is intense. That is the exciting part of the job. We like that freedom. Sometimes a record label wants to make changes, and will do things like ask for more singing parts. Or if someone asks us to pull back, we tell them we are not interested. What we like is what we do."
Canada's BENEATH THE MASSACRE have been forced to pull out of the upcoming Radio Rebellion Tour show in Philadelphia due to a death in the family. Currently on the road as part of Converse and Hurley's Radio Rebellion Tour with Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy and labelmates Gojira, BENEATH THE MASSACRE recently returned to Canada for a handful of shows on the tour, receiving a great response. For a player featuring songs from each band on the tour, visit here.
Continuing to support the band's Prosthetic Records debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction, BENEATH THE MASSACRE has already toured North America several times, while early next year the band will make its first trek to Europe, alongside Misery Index and fellow Canadians Despised Icon. The band has also shot a video with director Kevin Custer (Madball, The Destro, Ligeia) for the track "Society's Disposable Son," which is available online at the Prosthetic Records YouTube page.
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MetalKult.com has posted a question-and-answer video interview with guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier and guitarist Christian Andreu of French progressive death metal band GOJIRA.
The video was shot last year in New York City, when GOJIRA came through New York in support of their 2005 Prosthetic Records debut, "From Mars to Sirius".
During the interview, the guys check in with their thoughts on a range of topics, including their favorite gear, GOJIRA's reputation as extreme environmentalists and the difference between French and American audiences.
To view this video, visit www.metalkult.com.
After emerging as Ozzfest 2007’s most talked about act, Polish extreme metal titans Behemoth made their triumphant return to North America this week to strike fear into the hearts of the masses with their largest and most elaborate stage production yet. This month-long trek, dubbed the Radio Rebellion Tour, will see them co-headlining alongside Job For A Cowboy with Gojira and Beneath The Massacre in the support slots. Visit www.myspace.com/radiorebellion for complete tour dates.
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French modern metal act Klone recently joined the Season of Mist fold. Klone have a great following in France and are considered as an artier and more subtle form of the New Wave of French heavy metal initiated by Gojira, whose singer Joe appears as special guest on the album.
The band comments: "We are happy and really motivated about working with Season of Mist because we feel it's the best label to develop Klone in France and abroad. We saw how they worked with bands like Mayhem, Dagoba, The Old Dead Tree and we can't wait for the album to be released! We're quite impatient, as we waited for this moment for a long time now. We've been devoting ourselves to music for a while, and this is only the beginning... We aim to tour as much as possible, and Season of Mist can give us that opportunity. No doubt the release of the album will spread the word about us everywhere, which is really important because we've been working very hard to achieve that. The audience will soon be aware of it! You'll never stop hearing about Klone!"
The group's new album, "All Seeing Eye," is slated for a February 26, 2008 release (Feb. 18th in Europe). In the meantime, you can check them out here.
Brazilian metal titans Max and Igor Cavalera have written and recorded new material together for the first time in 12 years. It is their first outing since recording their former band, SEPULTURA's colossal landmark album, "Roots" in 1995. The new project named CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, features the Cavalera brothers (Max on vocals and rhythm guitar and Igor on drums), SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo and GOJIRA's Joe Duplantier on bass. Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) makes a cameo bass appearance on one track. Another track features a collaboration with Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (INCITE) on vocals.
Monte Conner, Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R recently visited the band in the studio. "Having stopped by the studio, I can tell you the magic between Max and Igor is still there. When these brothers play together, it's like the planets align," he says. "Igor's playing is simply on fire and as always, Max continues to have one of the most recognizable and powerful voices in all of metal. It was great to see both Max and Igor with such big smiles on their faces."
This long-anticipated reunion between the Cavalera brothers is something fans across the globe have been waiting for since SEPULTURA's last gig at Brixton Academy in December 1996. Hailing from Belo Horizonte in central Brazil, SEPULTURA gained a legendary reputation as the one of the most highly regarded and successful death/thrash metal bands of all time, with two gold albums under their belts both in the UK and the USA — "Chaos A.D." (1994) and "Roots" (1996).
"When Igor and I met at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Show [in 2006] and got the instruments in our hands, it was like we had never been separated. The metal was flowing in our veins," comments Max. "It was the same in the studio."
Recording took place this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with rising production star Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist). Mixing at Undercity is currently underway. The still-untitled record is tentatively slated for a February 2008 release. Among the 11 songs set to appear are "Inflikted", "Bloodbrawl", "Holy Poison", "The Doom of All Fires", "Ultra-Violent" and "My Sanctuary". A b-side cover of the POSSESSED death/thrash classic "The Exorcist" was also recorded.
The new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) alongside vocalist Joe Duplantier (bass) of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA and SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has tentatively changed its name to THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY from the previously announced INFLIKTED (the latter moniker was dropped due to legal reasons).
Metal Injection.net has posted a brand new video interview with BENEATH THE MASSACRE frontman Elliot Desgagnes, which is available here, along with a live clip. The interview was conducted at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival earlier this spring, which marked the band's first show in America.
Continuing to support the band's full-length debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will hit the road as a support act for labelmates THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD's headlining tour along with As Blood Runs Black and Ion Dissonance. Afterwards, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will then head out alongside Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy and labelmates GOJIRA this fall, having already shared the stage on tours with Animosity and the Summer Slaughter tour in support of Mechanics of Dysfunction.
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Guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA will play bass on the debut CD from the new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max and Igor Cavalera. Recordings for the album began this past weekend in Los Angeles with producers Dirty Icon (Logan Mader [ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY] and Lucas Banker). A late 2007 release via Roadrunner Records is expected.
Commented Duplantier: "Playing with Max and Igor is like living a dream, I've always had so much respect for their musical achievements; it is an incredible personal experience for me."
In a recent interview posted on SOULFLY's official web site, Max stated about his collaboration with Igor, "I think it's sounding like a combination of things I've done with NAILBOMB and SEPULTURA, and even SOULFLY, of course, but these songs are coming to be more live on the spot. I recorded some simple four-tracks for a lot of them, similar to the ones that people may have heard through the SOULFLY MySpace, and I sent out a CD to everybody about a month ago with like 10 songs, but at that time I didn't even know exactly who else I'd be working with in the project. I knew that Igor would be doing drums and percussion, and I'd be doing vocals and guitar. Now Marc Rizzo is going to be playing lead guitar and and the [guitarist] and vocalist from GOJIRA will help us out to give it a bit of a different vibe. I like GOJIRA a lot — they're a fucking kick-ass band. It's a special album for me because it's a very global group of musicians. One from France [from GOJIRA], one from the U.S., and two from Brasil. I think that's going to add something very cool, even trippy, and definitely my style."
GOJIRA's will see the band's latest music video re-aired on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball this weekend, so be sure to tune in! GOJIRA's video for "To Sirius" is available online here, while you can also check out "Angry Mob Justice" from THE ACACIA STRAIN here, just in case you can't catch the show.
Tune into this week's Headbangers Ball, which airs at 11pm EST, Saturday night on MTV2, to watch videos from Machine Head, Trivium, and more captivating interview segments provided by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. Here's the complete video playlist:
HellYeah - You Wouldn't Know
Pantera - Cemetary Gates
Job For A Cowboy - Embedded
Mastodon - Blood And Thunder
Kamelot - Ghost Opera (debut)
Anthrax - Caught In A Mosh
Black Label Society - In This River (From Dimebag Darrell 2007 Rock Walk Induction)
Alice In Chains - Sea Of Sorrow
Trivium - The Rising
Damageplan - Explode
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
Clutch - Electric Worry
Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
Black Sabbath - Neon Knights
Diecast - Fade Away
Death Before Dishonor - Break Through It All
Mudvayne - Happy
Alabama Thunderpussy - Words of A Dying Man
Amon Amarth - Cry of The Black Birds
Gojira - To Sirius
French metallers GOJIRA have added a live video and an MP3 of the song "Remembrance" from the "The Link Alive" DVD to their MySpace page.
GOJIRA is continuing to tour in support of its latest CD, "From Mars To Sirius", which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records in North America and a September 2005 release in Europe through Listenable. The band is currently preparing for a number of festival appearances that will take them through the end of the summer.
In 2007, APOCALYPTICA will perform in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest Final on the May 12 as Special Guests (not in the actual competition). They will bring their trailblazing brand of metal to the show's final entertainment climax, blending old hits and previewing tracks from new album in an 8 minute medley. The 2007 final continues along the direction the 2006 winners Lordi had previously marked out, promising fantasy, fun and rock. Lordi will also naturally participate in the event, opening the whole ceremony themselves with a live performance.
APOCALYPTICA also release the live DVD 'The Life Burns Tour' on May the 14th across the UK, support Metallica on July 15th in Helsinki, and are building up to the release of the Jacob Hellner (Rammstein) produced next record, which is set for release in September (TBC). This much anticipated album will feature a whole host of incredible guest stars who are at the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene including Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the Kill Bill soundtrack), Joseph Duplantier (Gojira), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and MANY more to be announced in the coming weeks.
French metal titans GOJIRA singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier and drummer Mario Duplantier were recently interviewed by Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe for a special segment on Metal Injection, during the two bands' time on tour along with Trivium and Machine Head. Metal Injection has posted the interview here, available in two parts along with a music video and live footage. Some excerpts from the interview:
On the French metal scene:
"There is a huge scene in France. A lot of really great bands. You have a problem when you are a French band, it's to...cross the border. But we have a lot of really good bands, like Trepalium. It's one of my favorites. It's a French band, really powerful. There are a lot of bands, like Scarve. There are too many [bands] to mention. They are all good friends and some of them are very good friends of Gojira, like Trepalium and Manimal...and after that, you have dozens of great, great bands, like Claw, Dagoba...they all have their own personality."
On opening up the recent tour:
"It's very exciting, because you have to play for 25 [minutes] or half an hour, and it's a totally different story because you don't really have time to show the whole thing, like the message and the atmosphere and the pictures on the wall that we use to project the feeling."
On the GOJIRA's focus on whales:
"The music we're playing, we try to sound as big as possible and as heavy as possible. We like when it's big and very, very heavy and a whale is very, very heavy...We like to sound like the whale. And yet, it's so beautiful. When it moves, it's like it's flying. It's a poetic vision...It's poetry. Another thing is that whales are very intelligent, they have a very important brain matter, like us but they don't do wars, they don't build cities or drive cars, they don't go to McDonald's and most of the time, animals have very small brain matter...but the whales, they have this incredible brain matter and they behave sometimes in a way we don't understand. The thing is, I think we have to learn from the whales, and we kill them. The album is kind of a tribute to these Earthlings that are so beautiful."
GOJIRA continues to support the band's latest release, 'From Mars To Sirius,' which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records in North America and a September 2005 release in Europe through Listenable. The band is currently back at home in France, having just completed a tour of the United Kingdom supporting Trivium.
Guitarist and vocalist Robb Flynn checked in from the road via Machine Head's Tour Diary:
The world loves that “Bay Area Crunch”...GOD DAMN!!!!
I mean, fuckin’ WOW!!!
HOW 'BOUT IT?!?! The Head are the 1st Bay Area "metal" band in the top ANYTHING in probably the last 10 friggin' years, let alone the top 12, 20, 30, 50 of the music charts across the world?!?! Howa-bout-it... The Bay is back on the map!
#54 on the U.S. Billboard charts...?! That’s the highest U.S. charting we've ever had by a long shot, and about 30% more sales than almost every other MH record released in the US including BME, TMTC, SC and TTAOE. Everywhere else in the world, "The Blackening" was hands-down our biggest 1st-week seller EVER... in the HISTORY of the band!!
And to have the biggest 1st-week sales / highest chartings in the history of the friggin' band... in every country throughout the world... with no video being aired... no "single" at radio... on our 6th friggin' album... which opens with a friggin' 10 1/2 minute song?!?! Well, dear Head-Cases, life is pretty fuckin' sweet! And supposedly the record industry is in a slump?! Shiiiiit, all things considered, things in Machine Head-land are goin' pretty fuckin’ good man. Head-Cases, you motherfuckers went out there and made a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE statement to the world... seriously... I’m not gonna get too brainiac on it, whatever it is...WHAT - EVER it is...YOU - KICK - FUCKING - ASS!!!
And don’t stop now!! Keep spreading the word!!
On a different note, for the "collectors" out there, I was recently made aware of a couple of misprints on the 1st pressing of "The Blackening". On the U.S., International, and 'bonus' versions there is a small glitch on the cover, where somehow the 2 "squiggles" on either side of the album title "gained" a white patch under the bottom 'lip' of each squiggle... apparently a fuck-up by the film separator. All other art (stickers, shirts, posters, ads) have the correct art (if you wanna compare) and all future editions will have the correct cover art. In addition, but limited to just the U.S. version, a mastering credit didn't appear because of timing issues / art deadlines before that final mastering happened (done by the king Eddy Schreyer). All other international formats were able to include the correct mastering credit, however, so this will only need to be corrected for future pressings of the U.S. disc. All little shit no doubt, but cool stuff in case any of you are interested in that kinda stuff. As a collector dork myself, I can relate.
Aesthetics video shoot turned out sweet, very "community" heavy in theme, just a real raw, rugged, street video, very stoked to see the final edit.
LOG tour is over... fuckin' crazy... tour went by SO fast, I can't believe it's been 8 weeks!!! It was amazing, we couldn't have asked to have been on a better tour to set up what will no doubt be an incredible run for us. A loud ass "Cheers Fuckers!" to the Lamb Of God camp and crew, the Trivium's and Gojira's for making this one of the best tours we've EVER been a part of.
Altitude TV's "Metalology 101" has posted an exclusive interview with GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier from the band's recent appearance on tour in Los Angeles with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head. Host Possum asks Joe about the French metal scene, how GOJIRA has enjoyed touring North America and some of Joe's favorite aspects and people from America. Check out the entire interview online here.
GOJIRA is playing the final date of the current tour tonight in Cincinatti before heading to the UK for a brief tour of the country with Trivium. The band is continuing to support the band's first proper North American release, From Mars To Sirius, which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records.
Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu has checked in after returning from touring with Lamb of God. Here's what he had to say:
"We’ve been home for a couple days getting our shit together before heading off to Ireland to start our European and UK headlining The Crusade World Tour 2007 along with very special guests and thrash kings Annihilator with our friends Gojira and Sanctity.
"Would like to thank everyone who came out to see the Lamb of God tour, we had a blast! The guys in LOG treated us great and were super cool guys to tour with , they killed it every night! It was a great pleasure to be back on the road with our good friends in Machine Head we had many nights of drinking with those guys and can’t wait to tour with them again, hopefully very soon! Our last day of the tour was in Ft. Lauderdale and besides an amazing show it was also Phil’s birthday so we went out with a bash!! (happy bday phil). The dudes in Gojira were awesome and looking forward to seeing them again in a few days overseas for another few weeks of metal mayhem.
"We are really stoked to be coming back over and playing for all over fans overseas. Everyone in Ireland and the Uk will be getting our biggest stage show we have done to date so you are in for a treat. If you haven’t picked up a ticket yet def do before they are all gone ‘cause it will def be a killer show.
"We will be playing a lot of songs from all the records so it will be a good mix for everyone to enjoy!
"I would also like give a big shout out to our message board and Myspace regulars admins’s, mod’s we do read as much of your mail as we can and appreciate all the comments, pictures, videos of some of you have created covering our music as a band or just jamming on a Dean, fan art – its all fucking great and keep it coming we love it and thanks to everyone who has came out to the shows and has picked up The Crusade; we appreciate your support and love you for everything! ‘cant wait to bring the metal to your town and have a great night of thrashing out.
"See you soon and Thanks again!! Corey"
Last week on Monday, March 26, I had the chance to get out to DC's 9:30 Club to see Lamb of God's Sacrament Tour with Trivium, Machine Head and Gojira as support. This year has been chock full of amazing tours and doesn't look to be letting up. This concert was the third sold out show in a row I've seen at the 9:30 Club, which has a capacity of over 1300 people. I was amazed upon my arrival just after 7:15 that the place was already filled to about three quarters capacity and the smell of hot, sweaty bodies already filled the air. More...
Pure Grain Audio now has a video interview online with French death metallers GOJIRA, from the band's recent stop in Guelph, Ontario in Canada while on tour with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head. The interview is in-depth, covering several subjects including the band's beginnings, touring North America for the second time and the band's recent success. Here are a few excerpts:
On touring North America as an opening act:
"We have a very strong fan base of dedicated fans, it's amazing," frontman Joe Duplantier said. "They write us letters, they come to the show. Some of them have seen us 20 times or me and in France, we're kind of an established band now. When we tour in France we are headliners. We have a big crowd for us, it's even harder to be a headliner like that with dedicated fans, because you have to give the best all the time [rather than] being the opening act. Actually, it's very refreshing to be on this tour playing 30 minutes and being like, 'We have to go in and warm up the place and then go in the bus'."
On GOJIRA's atypical lyrical content:
"It's just spontaneous, like the music" Duplantier said of the band's lyrical direction. "It just goes together. And to me, sometimes people tell me, 'Why do you have a peaceful message and you play metal? It's so violent, it's so dark, it's so nasty.' I want to say, 'No, actually it's not paradoxical at all.' On Earth, we have a problem, we are on the ship and it's sinking and we have to do something about it. So there's an emergency...I feel like it's natural, it's spontaneous to scream. But that's not the only point for the message. I would say the message is more like take care of yourself if you want to take care of your world and the ship. Learn how to respect yourself and know better - if you want to know the world and respect the world."
GOJIRA is continuing to support the band's first proper North American release, 'From Mars To Sirius,' which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records, after being available in only Europe through Listenable Records in September 2005. The video for the song "To Sirius" will be played again this weekend on MTV2's Headbangers Ball - check local listings for time and channel. The video can also be seen online here.
The remaining tour dates featuring Lamb of God, Trivium, Machine Head and Gojira are:
3/28 Norfolk VA - Norva Theatre
3/29 Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
3/30 Jacksonville, FL - Plush
3/31 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
4/01 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
4/03 Nashville, TN - City Hall
4/04 Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
4/05 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
GOJIRA have posted multiple video clips of the band's live performances on the road with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head while on the band's second-ever North American tour. Select video clips and photos from the road can be found here, including a clip with a cameo from Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, while clips from each night's performance can be found on YouTube.
Currently supporting the North American release of 'From Mars To Sirius' through Prosthetic Records, GOJIRA will stay out on the road with the tour through April 5. Released in North America in August 2006, the record has met with critical acclaim and will be followed by re-releases of GOJIRA's 'The Link' album and 'The Link Alive' DVD through Listenable Records later this spring, previously only available in Europe.
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