Gojira, metal Land(es) + Dates de la tournée

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Né en 1996 à Ondres, dans les Landes, le groupe des frères Duplantier a atteint une renommée internationale qui l’emmène pour un mois de tournée aux Etats-Unis, de Las Vegas à Boston, en compagnie des mythiques Slayer.

Qui aurait pu imaginer qu’un petit groupe du sud des Landes, deviendrait un jour le plus international des groupes de rock en France ? Après dix-huit ans d’existence, Gojira, né à Ondres (40) d’une fratrie (Joseph et Mario Duplantier) et d’une bande de copains est devenu une pointure de la scène metal internationale. Gojira joue partout dans le monde, avec les plus grands (Metallica pour ne citer qu’eux) et bénéficie d’une aura et d’une respectabilité en acier trempé. Comment peut-on en arriver là ? Éléments de réponse avec Mario Duplantier, 32 ans, le batteur du groupe.

« Sud Ouest Dimanche ». Vous jouez partout dans le monde. Vous avez encore du temps à consacrer à vos terres d’origines, les Landes et le Pays Basque ?

Mario Duplantier. On ne vit pas tous à Ondres, mais le QG du groupe reste à Ondres, dans les Landes. On s’y retrouve pour préparer les tournées et ensuite on part sur la route. Mon frère a un appartement à New York où il passe du temps. C’est une ville qui l’inspire énormément. Et puis, le statut et l’emploi du temps du groupe le permettent. Nous sommes devenus un groupe international et nous tournons autant aux États-Unis qu’en Europe. Prendre un avion pour sept ou dix heures, maintenant c’est devenu la routine. Lorsque l’on rentre, le temps consacré à nos familles et à nos vies personnelles est devenu de plus en plus important.

Il faut bien s’entendre lorsque l’on est toujours ensemble, sur la route…

Il y a une sorte de fluidité entre nous qui est très précieuse et qui fait beaucoup pour le succès du groupe. On essaie de ne pas avoir la grosse tête car il y en a toujours un pour ramener l’autre sur terre. Je suis avec trois amis en permanence. Un frère et deux très bons amis et mon frère est aussi un ami. Et on a cette chance de voyager dans le monde tous ensemble.

Vous avez déjà joué aux États-Unis, mais la tournée que vous allez entamer en première partie de Slayer semble encore un niveau au-dessus…

Tourner avec Slayer, qui est une légende du metal, c’est jouer dans des salles prestigieuses. Donc oui cette tournée fait rêver. Surtout quand on vient de France et que l’on sait que l’on va jouer à Las Vegas, à Los Angeles, dans des salles de 5 000 places, que l’on va jouer au Madison Square Garden à New York, pour nous ça reste incroyable et on est émerveillés par ce qui nous attend.

L’an dernier vous avez joué avec Metallica, cette année avec Slayer. Comment un groupe français se fait repérer par ces légendes du rock américain ?

Metallica est un groupe très observateur. Ils sont à l’affût de ce qui se passe dans le milieu. Ils avaient constaté qu’il y avait quelque chose autour de Gojira, donc ils nous ont appelés et nous ont proposé de jouer en première partie. Peu avant notre tournée avec Metallica, le bassiste est venu nous voir jouer à San Francisco. Il était dans le public et sa présence m’avait marqué. J’ai l’impression qu’il était là pour voir si vraiment notre groupe tenait la route. Donc c’était vraiment un coup de cœur de Metallica.

Vous êtes aujourd’hui presque plus connus à l’étranger qu’en France. Nul n’est prophète en son pays ?

On a fait nos armes en France et il y a eu une période où l’on ne tournait qu’en France et où nous étions très populaires. Je me souviens de la sortie de notre album en 2005 où l’on a fait quasiment 40 000 ventes, ce qui est bien dans le metal. Il y avait énormément de critiques positives et nous étions une sorte de fierté nationale. Maintenant, le fait que l’on ait percé à l’étranger, qu’il y ait moins d’exclusivités pour la France, ça titille pas mal de gens, mais je trouve que l’on a quand même beaucoup de soutiens en France. On l’a vu notamment au Hellfest (NDLR : qui a réuni 100 000 festivaliers en 2013) où nous avons joué sur la grande scène. Les gens étaient là. Du moment où l’on s’expose, on est critiqués, mais je trouve que le public nous respecte.

La musique que vous jouez, le metal est parfois montrée du doigt, mal comprise. Comment le vivez-vous ?

Je pense que tout ça c’est une apparence. Il y a pas mal de tabous dans notre société. Quand quelqu’un dit qu’il va mal, ça embête les gens, quand quelqu’un parle de la mort ça embête les gens. Et puis beaucoup de ce qui est diffusé à la radio ou à la télé est assez médiocre. C’est de la musique easy listenning pour ne pas déranger les gens, pour ne pas rajouter des tracas à leur quotidien. Le metal, c’est une musique particulière et il peut y avoir des amalgames car on entend des hurlements, il y a une violence sonore donc physique aussi, mais c’est dommage parce que beaucoup de gens qui ne s’intéressent pas au metal pourraient adorer cette musique en grattant un peu. Il n’y a pas de tabous avec le metal. En tant que batteur, cela me permet de lâcher de la joie, de la peine, de la douleur. Pour moi c’est vraiment une expérience.

Savez-vous qu’une pétition circule sur Internet pour demander que vous représentiez la France à L’Eurovision ?

J’ai entendu dire ça. Mais pourquoi pas, si on veut bien de nous à l’Eurovision, je suis d’accord. Mais je n’ai pas envie d’avoir comme mission de faire connaître le metal à la masse. Sinon ça pourrait être marrant si on nous faisait cette proposition.

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Vote For Gojira At The 2013 Golden Gods Awards!

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The band Gojira are nominated for L’Enfant Sauvage – “Best Album of the Year” and Mario Duplantier for “Best drummer” by the metal music magazine Revolver which is celebrating their 5th anniversary on May 2, 2013 with a LIVE WORLDWIDE BROADCAST.

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If you agree with Gojira’s nominations, please vote for the band. Here are the links:

BEST ALBUM – L’ENFANT SAUVAGE:

http://www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2013/?p=63

BEST DRUMMER – MARIO DUPLANTIER (GOJIRA)

http://www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2013/?p=51

 

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Gojira’s latest interview:
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Gojira: Mario Duplantier Drum Solo @ Babelec Festival

The band Gojira – archives

 

 

The 10 Top Metal Albums of 2012

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French metal titans Gojira have a huge feature in Metal Hammer

Stolen Babies photographed in Los Angeles on 06/11/12.

Stolen Babies photographed in Los Angeles on 06/11/12.

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It’s that time of year again. Time to cozy up ’round the fireplace, crack open a brewsky, and duke it out over who had the Best Metal Album of the Year. Without further ado, here they are:


10. CVI, Royal Thunder
The music of Royal Thunder, from Atlanta, GA, is almost not metal — and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a welcome reminder that music can be emotionally resonant without being sonically violent or lyrically graphic. The songs on CVI aren’t any of the things metal fans usually revere: they’re not “complicated” or “fast” or “brutal.” In that sense, this might be the most “challenging” album on this list. It’s more classic psychedelic rock than modern metal, and singer MLNY Parsons is like a dark siren from the ’60s reincarnate. She’s the crown jewel in a band that’s unafraid simply to be themselves. Trends be damned.


9. Resolution, Lamb of God
For over a decade, Lamb of God have been the “it” band in American heavy metal. Resolution is their seventh studio album, and it debuted at number three. At this point in their career, LOG are only competing against the bar they’ve set for themselves. Their groove metal is as powerful as ever, and they are terrifyingly strong live. Much has been said this year about singer Randy Blythe’s manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic; after seeing his astonishing command over the NYC audience at the Roseland Ballroom last month (where there were no fans onstage), we can only say: maybe unstable governments should be afraid.


8. Dethalbum III, Dethklok
Here’s the thing about Dethklok: the lyrics are ludicrous, but the music is no joke. Renaissance man Brendon Small takes on songwriting, guitar, and vocal duties — as though masterminding an animated series on Adult Swim wasn’t enough work already. Add Gene Hoglan (Death, Testament) on drums and Bryan Beller (Steve Vai) on bass, and it doesn’t matter that you’re singing about ejaculating fire: you’re going to sound badass. It’s likely no one in human history has or ever will again compose lyrics containing the phrase “epididymal retention” — except Dethklok.


7. Naught, Stolen Babies
Six years after their debut album (with four of those years spent in indefinite hiatus), Los Angeles band Stolen Babies have arrived back on the scene with more of their wonderfully bizarre cabaret metal. Here’s a fun riddle: what sound do you get when you take twin brothers who’ve played with The Dillinger Escape Plan, a reluctant theatre starlet, and an accordion and mix it with the Talking Heads and Edward Gorey-style illustration? Stolen Babies — and Naught lives in a whimsical world of their creation.


6. Yellow & Green, Baroness
“Beautiful” is a word you don’t often hear used to describe heavy metal, but in this instance, it’s totally appropriate. The third studio album by the Savannah, GA, band, Yellow & Green transcends metal, venturing into folk and psychedelic spaces. While Baroness have always explored genres outside of the “sludge” moniker that’s never done them justice, this record finds them pushing beyond their past efforts into musical territory that’s — gasp! — pretty. The instrumental “Green Theme” — with its shifts from a weeping, atmospheric guitar verse into a blossoming, harmonized guitar chorus — is one of the most gorgeous pieces of music you will hear this year.


5. Years Past Matter, Krallice
Dense and intricately composed, Years Past Matter, by Brooklyn’s Krallice, takes the listener on a journey through six songs, most of which run longer than 10 minutes each. The tracks are titled only by increasing repetitions of the letter “i”, as though someone’s cat applied paw to laptop key, and the results became the song names. (How does one distinguish between songs onstage when reading a setlist of tunes like “iiiiiiiiii” and “iiiiiiiii”?) The album pummels the brain with constantly changing time signatures amidst a wall of multi-layered guitars. Even if we can’t pronounce the songs, we admire the craftsmanship therein.


4. Harmonicraft, Torche
Here’s another metal anomaly: happy metal that’s not power metal. Harmonicraft seems infused by sunshine from Torche’s hometown of Miami. The band have been mislabeled sludge, perhaps due to their Southern origins, but there is nothing swampy about their up-tempo tunes with ample use of major chords (shocking!), which lend a cheerful mood to the album. Somehow it’s heavy and sunny at the same time — a surprising musical juxtaposition that’s refreshing amidst the doom and gloom of typical metal fare.


3. Son of Perdition, Wretched
The chilling, classical-style organ and chorale on “Oblivion,” the opening track of Son of Perdition, sets an intellectual tone for this third album by Charlotte, NC, death metal band Wretched. Yes, we just used the words “intellectual” and “death metal” in the same sentence. Now get this: the main chord progression of the punishing second track follows that of the choral opening. And then there’s a jazz outing in “The Stellar Sunset of Evolution,” a trilogy of instrumentals revealing the breadth of styles these musicians are capable of. It’s a stunning album.


2. Illud Divinum Insanus — The Remixes, Morbid Angel/various artists
Illud Divinum Insanus, the 2012 studio album by Morbid Angel, sucked. Inconceivably, the two-disc album of the same songs, remixed by electronic and industrial artists from around the globe, is fucking phenomenal. It’s as though inserting guitarist and vocalist Trey Azagthoth (one of the OGs of death metal in the ’80s) into electronic subgenres like dubstep has not only transformed one of Morbid Angel’s worst albums into a work of collaborative brilliance (with most of the credit going to the remixing artists); it’s also elevated electronic music into novel realms of darkness. We’d even venture to say it’s created a new genre (deathstep?). There may be metal purists reading this who think we’re kidding. We’re not.


1. L’Enfant Sauvage, Gojira
French technical death metal band Gojira are some of the most highly skilled musicians playing today. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier (rhythm guitar/vocals and drums, respectively) write elegant compositions with mind-bending song structures. In performance, their precision and athleticism are elite, rivaling classically trained professionals. The title track alone on L’Enfant Sauvage renders it worthy of this list. Have a listen to the contrasting themes just in that one song — the impenetrable rhythms in the beginning followed by the space created by the lead guitar. No one in metal writes music this complicated yet so perfectly balanced. From beginning to end, this album is peerless.

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Gojira’s single ‘The Axe’ has now been inducted into the Death Match Hall of Fame

Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Gojira the fire of passion which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Gojira inhabits the sauvage beauty of nature, riding fearless the storm-beaten sides of the tallest waves. Each represents a moment of life, each does us good. ~ AA

Metal masters Gojira (based in the Basque city of Baiona/Bayonne in France) have clobbered their way to Death Match immortality as the band’s single ‘The Axe’ has now been inducted into the Death Match Hall of Fame with four straight victories.

Gojira began their victorious trek by defeating the world’s most successful cartoon metal band, Dethklok, launching the stamina Gojira needed to ignite a path of utter destruction. Gojira then went on to face metalcore leaders As I Lay Dying, pulling off an incredible win against the new school giants.

The savage metal act went on to destroy legendary black metallers Enslaved, before facing yet another massive challenge against Cradle of Filth, which gave Gojira their fourth and final win.

“Praise be to Gojira and ‘The Axe,’ as we declare the band’s track as immortal in the Loudwire Death Match Hall of Fame.”

Gojira – The Axe (Lyric Video)

GOJIRA – TOUR DATES [OCT-DEC 2012]

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Tour – 31 concerts

Starting October 21, 2012 Moscow, Russia

Ending December 15, 2012 Bangalore, India

Gojira is a progressive metal band formed in 1996 in the Basque city of Baiona (Bayonne in french), France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass. Since its first studio album, Gojira has had no changes in lineup, and has released five studio albums, one live album, one single, and two DVDs.

Gojira, known for their environmentally-themed lyrics, “have risen from utmost obscurity during the first half of their career to widespread global recognition in the second, including regular mention amongst the genre’s leading new millennium upstarts”, according to Allmusic.

Band members

Joe Duplantier − vocals, guitar
Mario Duplantier − drums
Christian Andreu − guitar
Jean-Michel Labadie – bass

Related post: Gojira – Mario Duplantier Drum Solo

Gojira – Mario Duplantier Drum Solo @Babelec Festival

Mario Duplantier

Mario Duplantier (born June 19, 1981) is a French musician and artist who is the drummer of the French Death Metal band, Gojira. Dude’s a beast. And he’s funny and cute too.

Earlier this year MetalSucks polled its staff to determine The Top 25 Modern Metal Drummers, and after an incredible amount of arguing and name calling, they finalized the list! The only requirements to be eligible for the list were that the musician in question had to a) play metal (duh), b) play drums (double-duh), and c) have recorded something in the past five years.

“Following the conclusion of our list of The Top 25 Modern Metal Drummers last month, we asked you, our beloved readers, to weigh in, and weigh-in you have: Gojira’s Mario Duplantier is the winner, with 212 votes from people who understood how to follow instructions and properly vote in the poll, and five votes from people who did not. Duplantier, you may recall, was actually #2 on our list, so it seems that the discrepancy between our tastes and your own is not that vast this time!, wrote MetalSucks.

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It can’t be easy being the drummer of one of the heaviest, best and critically acclaimed metal bands on Planet Earth. Especially not when your brother is the [handsome] frontman and guitarist, two roles that usually attract more attention from the masses than drummers do. But perhaps there’s nothing like a good old fashioned case of sibling rivalry to motivate a fire under one’s ass; not only has Mario Duplantier managed to make his presence in the band felt in an incredibly tangible way, but he’s become a bonafide standout superstar within Gojira’s ranks and he’s absolutely, without question, one of the greatest drummers in modern metal.

Of course, when all this began in 1996, in a garage near the Basque city of Baiona (Bayonne in french), South East of France, under the GODZILLA moniker the motivations of the Duplantier brothers (Joe on guitar/lead vocals and Mario on drums) and their band fellows Jean Michel Labadie (on bass) and Christian Andreu (guitar) were less than sophisticated. But even through the thinnest booklet of their first demo cover issued under the predictable title Possessed still emerged the first signs of their future emancipation.

GODZILLA might have been a big green monster smashing down cardboard buildings, taken from Japanese science-fiction films from the 60s deemed out of style today, but it was also a metaphor about the threat of nuclear weapons with which man plays, unconscious of the consequences

Due to legal rights, GODZILLA changed its name to GOJIRA right before their first album. GOJIRA is in fact the Japanese translation of its original name. Even though the music had already changed, the way of doing things stayed the same. So call it whatever you want: an ecological thought, a politically correct speech, a 50% new age and 50% hippie mentality the band, itself, remains the same since birth.

Take a look at the signature sticks developed for Mario Duplantier, the powerful and technically precise drummer who forms the backbone of France’s extreme metal monster Gojira.

Today, there is much blabbering about how to take care of our planet and watch over its well-being. There is idle talk about the future shortage of petrol, about the ozone layer or even about the extension of the webbed footed rabbit of Uzbekistan. But nothing is done about it. Nothing at all

But GOJIRA does react. They put their foot down. They even take a hammer and give a blow to a blind audience. We have forgotten our planet, this Unknown Planet which we have lost track of Terra Incognita(Latin “unknown land”) being the first warning shot in 2001). We must then renew our links with it before its too late (The Link, being second call to order 3 years later).

After more than 300 concerts in France and abroad, and a live DVD sold to 2500 copies nationally without the support of a big distributor and after the recognition from the public (more than 8000 copies of The Link album sold in France) it was about time for GOJIRA to explode which is currently happening.

Recorded at home in the studios of the Milans, From Mars to Sirius is an album of revolt, where ancestral forces of dragons are mentioned, the ocean shows its anger and all codes are red lighted. An album where action has taken over speech. Revolution is coming. So take a step ahead of it before it crushes you…

Enjoy!

Gojira – Mario Duplantier Drum Solo

Joe Duplantier Recalls Gojira’s Early Days

06/07/2012 11:45 AM

Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier was recently interviewed by Metal Hammer about the band’s earliest days, growing up in rural France, far away from “scenes,” and how it helped him and brother Mario (also seen in this video) develop their band’s unique sound. Check out the clip above.

Gojira’s new album, L’Enfant Sauvage, will be released June 26, but you can pre-order it now in the Gojira webstore.

GOJIRA WILL BE TOURING THE U.S. WITH LAMB OF GOD IN AUGUST. CHECK TOUR DATES.