Gojira’s Joe Duplantier: “I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If It Gets A Bit Harder On The Next Album”

During a recent interview with Revolver, Gojira vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier revealed that drummer Mario Duplantier is already working on ideas for the band’s next record. He then went on to say that he “wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a bit harder on the next album.”

Joe Duplantier said the following:

“Mario‘s on fire. He’s throwing drum patterns at me day and night, and I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, wait, let me digest what we’ve just been through.’ I almost, sort of out of respect for Fortitude, don’t want to think about a new album now because we’re about to go on tour in Europe and it’s going to be one of the biggest tours we’ve ever done in terms of capacity. So I’m really, really focused on that.

There’s one thing I gotta say, though. As much as I appreciate melodies and exploring new vibes and new tonalities with Gojira, I’m still a death-metal head in my heart, and Mario, too. And after doing this album that’s more toward a rock approach — although there’re metal elements in it — I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a bit harder on the next album.”

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

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.”

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.”

Mario Duplantier Says Gojira Are “Working Very Hard” On Their New Album

During a recent interview with KBear 101, Mario Duplantier offered a bit of an update on the new Gojira album. According to him, the band have been “working very hard on the new stuff” and they are “super proud of it.”

Duplantier said the following:

“It’s going well. I cannot give too much details because we still have to be on the same page with all the partners, and we have to give a collective [release] date and et cetera. But I can tell you that, yeah, we are working very hard on the new stuff. Work is in progress, and we are very, very, very happy and super proud of it. We just can’t wait to give you more details.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Gone Is Gone (Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, Etc.) To Play Special Benefit Show At Upcoming Art Exhibit & Auction

Gone Is Gone (Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.) will be playing a special show as part of an art exhibition/silent auction on February 8 at the Smile + Wonder building in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds from the event will go towards kids in need. The auction will feature art from all the following: Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, Gone Is Gone, etc.), Mario Duplantier (Gojira), Chelsea Wolfe, Lynn Gunn (Pvris), Shepard Fairey, Kat Von D, and Gregory Siff. You can read more in the below Instagram post:

Mario Duplantier Says Gojira’s Sea Shephard EP Was Delayed Due To A Hard Drive Crash

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier was recently Mulatschag TV, and was asked about the band’s long awaited EP they were creating to benefit the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He said the following:

“We just wanted to put a spotlight on them, so Joe had this idea of doing an EP and selling the EP and all the money goes to them, to help them. Finally, we started working in the EP, but the hard drive crashed. We couldn’t [finish] the project, but we’re still working on it. The goal was to talk about them. They work, they fight for something very important, we feel. We respect them so much, so that was a goal.”

[via Blabbermouth]