Gojira Announce European Headlining Shows

Gojira have announced some European headlining shows. Here’s the dates:

05/27 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
06/02 Hamburg, GER – Freiheit 36
06/16 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal (feat. Baroness)
06/23 Brussels, BEL – AB

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier Shares New Drum Solo “The City”

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier has shared a new drum solo, which he is calling “The City.” The drummer said the following about that:

“It’s a giant monster made of wood and steel, gold and dirt, ice and storms, As fast as light, its movements, animated by an unspeakable and superb energy, create various fascinating sounds. The monster will destroy you on its path if you are not watchful. You may have to reinforce yourself to survive The City.”

Deftones Announce North American Tour With Gojira & Poppy

Deftones have announced a North American tour with Gojira and Poppy. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/27 Portland, OR – Theatre Of The Clouds at Moda Center
07/28 Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
07/30 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
08/01 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater
08/02 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
08/04 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/05 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphiheatre
08/07 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
08/08 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club
08/09 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
08/11 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
08/12 Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
08/14 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
08/15 Laval, QC – Plave Bellaval
08/17 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
08/19 New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17
08/20 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
08/22 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
08/23 Washington, DC – The Anthem
08/24 Bridgeport, CT – Harbor Yard Amphitheater
08/26 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
08/27 Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River State Park
08/29 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre
08/30 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
09/01 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
09/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
09/03 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
09/05 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier Shares New Drum Solo “Minotaur”

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier has shared a new drum solo, which he is calling “Minotaur.” The drummer said the following about that:

“Here is another drum composition I recently created. I named it “ Minotaur”. This solo has been composed around a drum pattern I particularly love, the alternate single stroke roll “between the hands and the feet”. I’ve never used it with Gojira, but this effect can be spectacular.”

Concert Review: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, & Behemoth In Mountain View, CA

Last night (July 26), I attended the opening night of Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA and it was one hell of a concert.

Behemoth kicked off the night with a dose of blackened death metal. The group took the stage with skull masks and blasted into “Wolves ov Siberia” much to the excitement of those who showed up early to catch their set. From there, the band removed the masks to reveal their corpse paint, before powering through tracks like “Daimonos” and “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer.” The group’s sound was completely on point and they definitely proved that they are a top notch live act. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer,” “Bartzabel,” which frontman Nergal donned a Pope hat for, and “Chant For Eschaton 2000.”

After Behemoth, it was time for Gojira. The band’s brand of groove oriented death/progressive metal captured the audience from the get-go. The group opened with “Oroborus” before rocking tracks like “Backbone” and “Stranded.” They were definitely one of the strongest acts of the night with unmatched musicianship and technicality. If you have yet to see Gojira live, you are definitely doing yourself a disservice. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Oroborus,” “Flying Whales,” and “Silvera.”

Once Gojira finished, it was time for the hard rock stylings of Volbeat. The band were firing on all cylinders and gave the crowd something they could dance to after the heavier nature of the previous acts. As frontman Michael Poulsen said: “Did Behemoth steal your soul? Did Gojira rip your face off? Well, we’re here to make you beautiful again.” The group kicked things of with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and after that it was nothing but killer tracks and impeccable guitar work from Rob Caggiano (ex-Anthrax) and Poulsen. Some highlights from their set included “Sad Man’s Tongue,” which was complete with a partial performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” “Slaytan,” “Doc Holliday,” “Seal the Deal,” and “Still Counting.”

After Volbeat, it was time for the headliners of the evening, nu-metal legends Slipknot. A giant banner with the band’s logo was on display as AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” rocked the amphitheatre. “(515)” then started to play through the speakers as everyone screamed. After the track, the banner fell as the group launched into “People = Shit” followed by “(sic).”

The band sounded absolutely perfect. Between Corey Taylor’s insanely powerful vocals, Mick Thomson and Jim Root’s masterful guitar work, Alessandro Venturella’s grooving bass lines, and Jay Weinberg’s incredible drumming, everything was solid on all fronts. Percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, the new percussionist, who fans have been calling “Tortilla Man,” and DJ Sid Wilson were also extremely entertaining with their stage antics. Furthermore, Wilson and sampler Craig Jones seemed to be more audible in the mix, which was cool to see. On top of the phenomenal showmanship, the band also had awesome stage production that only added to the experience.

The setlist was amazing too. Fans got all the hits like “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial,” “Duality,” and “Vermilion,” mixed with a couple of new songs including “Unsainted” off their new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9) and their 2018 single “All Out Life.” They even pulled out a deeper cut with a performance of “Prosthetics.” It’s too hard to even choose a highlight, but “Spit It Out” is always amazing, especially since the band have everyone get down on the floor only to have them jump back up when Taylor gives the signal.

All in all, it was a stellar show and if you have a chance to catch this tour, it will definitely be worth your while.

Watch Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Join Gojira Onstage At Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival

During their May 18 set at the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Gojira were joined onstage by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe. You can see footage of them performing “Backbone” below. As previously reported, guitarist Christian Andreu also ended up getting burned in the face by pyro during the set.