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Gojira Discusses Upcoming New Album In Metal Sucks Interview

MetalSucks' Axl Rosenberg recently visited Gojira's Joe Duplantier (guitars/vocals) and Mario Duplantier (drums) at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, where the band is hard at work recording its Roadrunner debut. The Brothers Duplantier discussed their new album, signing with Roadrunner, working with producer Josh Wilbur, the long-delayed "Sea Shepherd" EP, and more. Excerpts from the chat follow:

MS: Can you tell me anything about the actual music on the new album? How is it different from other Gojira albums? Did you have a vision for it going into the process?

Joe Duplantier: It's more mature.

MS: How so?

JD: There's less bullshit. [laughs] There's more intensity and simplicity at the same time. Drum-wise, for example, Mario has been serving the music, but with a lot more of his experience in the drumming, and a lot of reflection in the work. His drum fills, for example, are be simpler, yet more technical. For a real drummer to hear [what he's doing], they'll go "Holy shit, man. What did you do?" For someone who is not into drumming, they'll go through the song and say "Wow, cool." There's more technique and more experience.

Mario Duplantier: It's more ambitious. There's a space in the songs. [hums a riff] It's more... [looks to Joe]

JD: Wide?

MS: Expansive?

JD: It's hard to talk about it, really.

MS: Going into it, did you say we want to make something more open and more ambitious, or is that just how it turned out in the songwriting process?

MD: We never think about it, we just play. Sometimes I want something fast, and Joe is the same. We just go to the studio every day, to the practice room, and play together, and something happens.

JD: Something totally unexpected happens. Personally, I had a vision of this album, with what I would like to see happening. I was imagining something very organic and very deep, with more natural sounds. Music-wise, it's something like a dream and a storm... it's magical. I had this vision with colors, sounds and shapes in my mind. I almost dreamed about it. "Wow, I feel like this album is going to be like that." But I didn't know. I have no idea until we see what happens when we get into the practice room.

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1. anon writes:

"it's something like a dream and a storm... it's magical. I had this vision with colors, sounds and shapes in my mind."

translated: I DO COCAINE!

# Nov 22, 2011 @ 7:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. EsotericSurgery writes:

This is brilliant news! Cannot wait! \m/ \m/

Oh an anon, STFU and go back to the peep hole you came from pal.

# Nov 22, 2011 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Nice work young Padawan.

# Nov 22, 2011 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. All The Noyes writes:

Gonna be kick ass.

# Nov 22, 2011 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. anon writes:

Wow, touchy. I was aiming for a bit of the ol' humor with that one, what with the Metalocalypse reference. For the record, I really enjoy Gojira's music. I once caught an interview with some dude from Devildriver who referenced Gojira, so I checked them out and have liked them since.

So uh, at the risk of throwing a bit more kindling on the fire.... what the hell? Did you just take that statement at face value? Or are you just that serious all the time?

Again, the humor angle. Try not to take everything so seriously. Sheesh.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 7:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Wow, thanks for that pathetic look into your life you fvckin queer. Maybe when you're done here we can all have a gallon of ice cream, do eachother's nails and have a good cry?

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. EsotericSurgery writes:

Oh Jessssusssss Chrissssssssssssst BG that soundsssss marveloussssssssssss!

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

LMFAO! I'm in the mood to spread some holiday cheer!

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. b.bristowe writes:

Maybe that's why these boards get so bare these days, Blindgreed and likeness are trolling them all away.

I am sure Crawfordtexasjingojango can attest to that.

Either way, good new for Gojira. Hopefully they did another song with Randy Blythe, that song was brutal.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Blindgreed1 writes:

bristowe's just bitter that Nevermore broke up.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. psythe writes:

Actually, I agree with bristowe. MU's articles used to get hundreds of comments a day. Now each article is lucky to get 20 comments a week. Frankly, I think it's a damn shame. 'anon' was obviously joking, there was no need to attack him for what was in any case quite a bland remark. Honestly, I think you're out of line Blindgreed. It's this kind of moronic crap that's driving this site downhill.

These threads used to be full of members and non-members conversing and arguing (most of the time intelligently) about the topic at hand. Now we're lucky to get a handful of comments as simple as "this band sucks" or "can't wait for the album."

There's no need or reason for posts like #6. It's a damn shame.


>>Back to topic:
I only have one Gojira album (The Link), but I love it. Are any of their albums more highly recommendable than others?

"Personally, I had a vision of this album, with what I would like to see happening. I was imagining something very organic and very deep, with more natural sounds. Music-wise, it's something like a dream and a storm... it's magical. I had this vision with colors, sounds and shapes in my mind. I almost dreamed about it."

I wish I could experience music like that, sounds incredible!

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Drum_Junkie writes:

Psythe:
My favorite is From Mars..To Sirius. It seems to be the heaviest. I wasn't as big of a fan of The Way of All Flesh. The riffs sounded thinner. The guitar tone was fine, but the riffs themselves didn't have the power that FMTS has to my ears. If you like The Link, I believe you'll be satisfied with FMTS.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. hellrat writes:

hey Anon, I thought post one was fvckin funny!

Hey ES, gojira fvckin sucks! :) Baby Beluga on the Barby mate! :)

Hey Blind, you are SUCH a fvckin D!CK!!

Hey Psythe, chill out brother! :) I think the 'forums' are to blame for the decline in message board comments! :) But I've never been over there, so I really don't know! :)

Hey Bristowe, where the hell ya been??? :)

Hey DJ, Serious Martian is my favorite one too!! :)

You guys are ALL fvckin awesome!!! :)

Just like this insane record I'm fvcking BLASTING!!! :)

NP---At the Gates!---Slaughter of the Soul! :)

\m/ X \m/

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I'm with Hellrat in that I think the forums are more the cause of the downhill in actual news comments, since they declined pretty much EXACTLY when the threads went active. We were throwin mean sh** on the news comments all day before their existence, and more often than not, that tended to increase the number of comments as arguments ensued(granted, few of them helpful or civil).

That being said, comment one was genuinely funny, besides referencing metalocalypse, so there was really no reason to f*** with him unless youre the type of gojira fan that gets butthurt when they arent worshipped as gods, or, when youre name is blindgreed, and thats just what you do and theres nothing that can prevent that. :)

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Fuck_A_Name writes:

@psythe
both of Gojira's last two albums are monumentally good, both atmospherically and in terms of individual songs.
Mars to Sirius I would easily recommend to anyone looking for experimental semi-death metal, while The Way of All Flesh is more specifically for Gojira fans in general, but nonetheless both are fantastic.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. R10 writes:

Jumping into the fray late here. Yea,Gojira,great band,saw em open for LOG,great performance! I come to this site because theres a group of old schoolers and newbies who really know thier metal! Sure,theres a few commenters ill scroll past,ignore thier comments,but all in all,a good bunch! You want truly pathetic commenters,go to bpabbermouth. I got thumbed down for a simple eulogy when ex Motorhead guitarist died. Pretty pathetic bunch over there. And HR,great album! Now if thez Bjorlers would come to thier senses and get At The Gates back together...

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 10:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Blindgreed1 writes:

post six was written for comedic value, if anyone was offended by it maybe you should try this new thing called a sense of humor. It can be fun sometimes. The decline of comments on the news threads are definately due to the forums, and most comments posted in the news threads are on topic now. I'm sure if DB took issue with me acting like an arsehole he'd shoot me an email and tell me to chill the fvck out. Until that happens, I'll continue to comment and spread my holiday cheer any fvcking way I please. If you don't like it, go fist yourself.

# Nov 28, 2011 @ 11:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. psythe writes:

The only humour prevalent in post 6 was sarcasm, which has been called the lowest form of wit. In the forums, where its only really the regulars posting, and everyone knows everyone's styles and personalities, a post like that would come across as humour. On news articles though, where random people who may never have been here before and don't know any of us, a post like that directed at such a person is going to come across to them as a blatant, reasonless attack.

Post 1 - Anon - random person, random comment.
Post 2 - EsotericSurgery - regular, reasonless attack.
Post 5 - Anon - CONFUSED ABOUT WHY HE WAS ATTACKED: "So uh, at the risk of throwing a bit more kindling on the fire.... what the hell? Did you just take that statement at face value? Or are you just that serious all the time?" They don't know us and don't understand that we're just having fun; they think we're being arseholes for no reason.
Post 6 - Blindgreed1 - regular, continuation of reasonless attack

And the result? Havn't heard from that anon since, and I would guess probably won't again.

For the record, if post 6 had have been directed at me, I would have found it hilarious - but I know your style, your personality and your sense of humour, and thus wouldn't have been offended. But the random traffic don't know any of that. Save your comments like posts 2 and 6 for regulars or the forums, don't do that to new people, it's not funny to them, it's just pointless bullying.

# Nov 30, 2011 @ 7:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Cozen writes:

Psythe - Drum_Junkie is correct, "From Mars to Sirius" is epic and a must listen.

Forums are definitely responsible for lack of article comments. I've been guilty.

With that said, what the hell is going on in here? I can respect all sides of this Psythe vs. BG1 debate...but let's play Devils Advocate for a second Psythe.

The argument here is that anon or 'non member' is so sensitive that he will not return after being attacked; but where was his sensitivity to anyone:
1. recovering from a drug problem? - oxymoron?
2. just wanting to read on-topic comments about a great band?
3. named Duplantier checking out their articles on MU for the hell of it? Think they'll be back? (a stretch, I know)
4. named Blind-welcome wagon-greed

I think anon handled himself well...coulda been worse.

Sup BG1???!!!???

# Nov 30, 2011 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Demoncleaner23 writes:

Wow great article from MetalSucks! I'm very excited for a new Gojira album and US tour. I'm curious as to if I'll be able to hear whatever drum tracks Mario is recording while banging on a door, sounds interesting. I can't believe I just read all these posts on here though. I was hoping to hear all kinds of different opinions on Gojira but I find a bunch of people crying about who insulted who. Lets get back to the music. That's the only reason why I read this site.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 3:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Blindgreed1 writes:

anon's posts have always been sporadic at best psythe. I know, been reading him/her for a while now and it's always sarcastic schtick. anon's not a n00b. With that said...

ON TOPIC: I still say RR is gonna fvck up this Gojira album.

Sup Cozen?

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Deathblooms writes:

You should probably just stop posting for a while BG, until you learn how to read appropriately on the internet.

a.k.a. You're doing it wrong

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Blindgreed1 writes:

Deathblooms: As soon as I pull my fist out of the cat's arse you're in for an interwebz beating n00b. BTW... OFF TOPIC jackstain.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Trey bay bay writes:

Hopefully thus album will be as good as from mars to Sirius
But I doubt it cuz the album is epic

# Dec 9, 2011 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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