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Gojira - The Heaviest Band Of The Universe

Discussion in 'Bands and Bass Players' started by Ian, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Ian

    Ian The Undecided Frog

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    Hello guys !!! I'm sure there are some guys here that eat, sleep and live METAL ! If not, just leave the thread :lol: .

    I'm here to talk you about our biggest metal band here in France, Gojira. I'm very proud of them because they succeed where many other bands failed: conquer the US ! I admit, "conquer" is a strong word, but the guys toured a lot in Uncle Sam's country, with Lamb of God, Machine Head, In Flames and Trivium amongst others, and they're now quite famous abroad.

    So, what and who's Gojira ?

    Gojira is a "progressive death metal" band that formed in 1996 in Bayonne, south west of France. The members are Joe Duplantier (vocals, guitars), Mario Duplantier (his brother, on drums), Christian Andreu (guitars) and Jean-Michel Labadie (bass).

    They have released 4 albums as of now...

    Terra Incognita, 2001

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    The Link, 2003

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    From Mars To Sirius, 2005

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    The Way Of All Flesh, 2008

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    In between the two latest albums, Joe Duplantier did the bass duties on the Cavalera Conspiracy album, bringing more exposure to he and the band. On their latest album, they even invited Randy Blythe, singer of Lamb of God, on one track.


    Like I said, they're a death metal band: blast beats, double bass drum, staccato riffs, growl vocals... But they deliver a peaceful message, they're not like many other death metal bands that talk about intestinal infections or butchering at birth :lol: . Their main concerns are Earth and ecology. They also talk about death, but in a very spiritual way. For instance, the album From Mars To Sirius "is a concept album, focusing on the changing environment of the Earth, and how humanity must do something to save the Earth before it is too late".

    I've seen them live twice, will see them again in a few weeks, and they're just AWESOME. In the pocket, heavy, and very friendly.

    Now, some music.

    www.myspace.com/gojira

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gojira_(band)

    http://www.deezer.com/#music/result/all/gojira

    The video for their latest single, Vacuity:

    [ame]http://youtube.com/watch?v=_Gv7fo6mefo[/ame]


    And a kicka$$ live version of one of their best songs, Remembrance (the end of the song is MENTAL):

    [ame]http://youtube.com/watch?v=KXn1wIsttpg[/ame]


    So... What d'ya think ?


    (If I have to say something bass-related, Jean-Michel plays on a Fender Precision US Deluxe in a SWR stack... Yep, they're Fender endorsers (SWR, Fender, Jackson).)
     
  2. Grgzilla

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    Thanks Ian.
    I edited your post mate,hope ya dont mind.
    I made it so we can watch the youtube videos without leaving here.
    What I did was I removed the "fr." part that comes immediatly after the "http://" part.This is added to your posts coz you must have your country set as France on your youtube account.Then I added the youtube tags that are on the top right of the option buttons when you make a post.
    :)
    This band is great.Very tight.What they do,they do extremely well. :twisted:
     
  3. Ian

    Ian The Undecided Frog

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    Thanks dude, I couldn't find how to use that Youtube tag properly...


    Any thoughts then?
     
  4. Grgzilla

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    haha,as you typed your post,I was editing mine.
    I realized I didnt comment on the band.
    This is the edit I made,
    This band is great.Very tight.What they do,they do extremely well.
     
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    I first heard this band about a year ago, saw a live-dvd with them. I find the dvd almost more entertaining than the cd`s. They have some strong tunes, really percussive beats with lots of groove. The drummer looks like he`s 15 yrs old, hehe.
     
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    well, I'd say Electric Wizard would be the heaviest metal band, but Gojira are really damn heavy. One of the best new metal bands around. I like them, and most of the underground community loves them, that says a lot!
     
  7. Ian

    Ian The Undecided Frog

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    The thread title was a play with their song "The heaviest matter of the universe"... :wink:
     
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    i would say the two heaviest bands ever are Korpiklaani and Crepitation hahaha
     
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    I definitely just fell in love with Gojira!

    The first video has a real Paige Hamilton
    ala Metal vibe to it, that I love.

    The second, is just killer.

    I'm assuming the live video is older?
    I ask because they obviously endorsed
    Gibson products at one point (Explorer,
    Tobias, etc etc...)
     
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    Saw them live with Trivium a couple of years ago. Awesome
     
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    I really like them. I wonder that they sing in english and not in france. just another bias :p Their music rocks, and I will order a CD of them, but:

    What I don't like at those bands: they are so tight and technical working, that on those fast parts in the songs (intro of the live-performance) there is no action on stage. I don't like metalbands, that stand still and concentraded because they wrote songs, that are that hard to play.
    metal is still party in my eyes and live-performances is, where that party should happen.
     
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    i guess they are ok, but i was hoping something with more blast beats in it... kinda like old deicide, nile, vital remains, cannibal corpse...

    i have to give props to the positive lyrics though... its very hard to pull off.
     
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    Yup, the live video was shoot right after The Link's release, in 2003 or 2004... Now they're Fender endorsers, no more Gibson.

    @IncX: they're not "pure" Death Metal, they're a bit more progressive, with melodic arpeggios and some "soundscapes"... They do have blast beats and stuff, but that's not their main thing.

    @jk: if you order a CD just get one of the two latest album... From Mars To Sirius should be a good start. My least favourite is The Link, even though it has awesome tunes.
     
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    I just got this joint. It's pretty good. I'm not sure if there will be a heavier
    band than Meshuggah though. They make my proverbial musical penis hard.
     
  15. Ian

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    Once again, the thread title was just a joke, coming from their song "The Heaviest Matter of The Universe" (which is AWESOME: http://www.deezer.com/track/288566 ).

    I do not pretend they're the heaviest band in the world, since they're not... Pretty close still :D .

    I think it's awesome for a french band to be well known outside our country... It never happened in the metal scene obviously... Yup they sing in english but it suits the music better IMO... And the guys are SO nice, very humble and down to earth. No big headed jerks like Dagoba, another french metal band that toured Europe with In Flames and Sepultura in 2006.

    And Gojira's drummer is just AWESOME. He blew us all away when I saw them live last october.

    [ame]http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=mqHC3zhsHNo[/ame]
     
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    +1 Meshuggah is shin shattering.

    Sorry to hear it's only proverbial... :lol:
     
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    Well... :oops:

    If you ask nice...
     
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    Yeah that song is like a punch in the neck. I like it a lot. Especially the tribal intro.
     
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    FYI, Gojira's singer (Joe) lived two years in a wooden house, in the forest, alone with his girlfriend. No contact with anybody else whatsoever... :roll:
     
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