Gojira (band)


Gojira (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Gojira


Img_capt =
Img_size = 250
Landscape = Yes
Background = group_or_band
Alias = Godzilla
Origin = Bayonne, France
Genre = Death metal Thrash metal Progressive metal
Groove metal
(see below)
Years_active = 1996–present
Label = Prosthetic (worldwide) Listenable (France)
Associated_acts = Cavalera Conspiracy, Empalotcite web
url = http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=18351
publisher = Metal Archives
title = Gojira
author =
accessdate = 2008-06-06
]
URL = [http://www.gojira-music.com www.gojira-music.com]
Current_members = Joe Duplantier Mario Duplantier Christian Andreu Jean-Michel Labadie
Past_members =

Gojira is a heavy metal band formed in 1996 in Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. The band comprises Joe Duplantier on vocals and guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on guitar and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass. Since its formation, Gojira had no changes in lineup and has released three studio albums and one DVD. The band is known for their environment-related lyrics.

History

Early years and "Terra Incognita" (1996−2002)

Gojira was formed in 1996 in Bayonne, France, by brothers Joe Duplantier (guitar, vocals) and drummer Mario Duplantier, guitarist Christian Andreu, and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie. The band started touring and recording under the name Godzilla and released their first demo "Possessed" in 1998.cite web
url = http://www.gojira-music.com/
title = Gojira Biography
publisher = Official Gojira Website
author = Lucy Williams
accessdate = 2008-05-04
] After touring, supporting bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Edge of Sanity, Impaled Nazarene and supporting Immortal in September 1999,cite web
url = http://www.metalstorm.ee/bands/biography.php?band_id=475&bandname=Gojira
title = Gojira Biography
publisher = Metal Storm
accessdate = 2008-05-04
] legal problems forced Godzilla to change their name. They changed their name to Gojira, the rōmaji spelling of the fictional monster Godzilla.cite web
url = http://www.thegauntlet.com/bio/1611/Gojira.html
publisher = The Gauntlet
title = Gojira Biography
accessdate = 2008-05-04
] Their debut album "Terra Incognita" was released under the new name in 2001.

"The Link" and "From Mars to Sirius" (2003−2007)

The band released their second studio album in 2003, "The Link" (reissued in 2007 with remastered audio and new booklet artwork).cite web
url = http://heavymetal.about.com/b/2007/04/15/gojira-the-link-review.htm
publisher = About.com
title = The Link review
author = Chad Bowar
accessdate = 2008-04-22
] After the success of the first two albums and their live performances they made a DVD in Bordeaux produced by Gabriel Editions. Since May 19, 2004, "The Link Alive" has been on sale in France. In 2005, Gojira decided to sign with French-based Listenable Records to help give them exposure outside of France with the album "From Mars to Sirius".

Gojira was featured on Children of Bodom's US tour in late 2006, joining Amon Amarth and Sanctity as the openers. [cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=58730
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMON AMARTH: More North American Tour Dates Announced
author =
accessdate = 2008-04-05
] Furthermore, Gojira supported Trivium on the UK dates of their European tour in 2007 with Sanctity and Annihilator. [cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=66553
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = GOJIRA And SANCTITY Added To TRIVIUM's European Tour
author =
accessdate = 2008-04-05
] Later they supported Lamb of God on their 2007 American tour along with Trivium and Machine Head. [cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=63629
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, GOJIRA: North American Tour Dates Announced
author =
accessdate = 2008-04-05
] In late 2007 they took part in the Radio Rebellion Tour, featuring co-headliners Behemoth and Job for a Cowboy, as well as Beneath the Massacre. [cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=85523
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = GOJIRA: New Performance Footage Posted Online
author =
accessdate = 2008-04-05
]

Cavalera Conspiracy and "The Way of All Flesh" (2008−present)

Joe Duplantier was invited by founders of influential Brazilian band Sepultura, brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, to join their new band Cavalera Conspiracy as a bassist. The album Inflikted was released in March 2008 and a tour follows in mid-2008.cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/CavaleraConspiracy/bio.aspx?bio=official
publisher = Roadrunner Records
title = Cavalera Conspiracy Biography
accessdate = 2008-05-04
]

Gojira is working on their new album, "The Way of All Flesh", to be released October 13 in Europe via Listenable Records and October 14 in North America through Prosthetic Records in 2008.cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=98427
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = GOJIRA: New Album Title, Release Date Announced
accessdate = 2008-06-06
] On July 25th, 2008, the band announced the track listing and revealed the final cover art for the record.cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=101599
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = GOJIRA: 'The Way Of All Flesh' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed
accessdate = 2008-07-25
] Joe Duplantier told Revolver magazine, "I would say that it's the logical next album. It's more intense, more brutal, and more melodic at the same time — it's more everything! I'm very happy with the new songs and the recording is very good. I think it was a good thing for us to come to the States to work with Logan on the drum tracking because it really brought something — it's more tight, it's more powerful. I'm very positive about the new production, and even the writing is more straight to the point, more one tempo. We still have a lot of double bass, very fast, and at the same time there are melodies." Joe Duplantier also stated about the album: "This record is a lot darker — like, a lot darker, I would say. The music is darker and more violent."cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=99417
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = GOJIRA Frontman: 'I'm So Pissed Off With The Situation On Earth Right Now'
author =
accessdate = 2008-06-23
] The album will be "more intense, more brutal, and more melodic" than its predecessor.cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=98942
publisher = Blabbermouth
title = GOJIRA Frontman Explains New Album Title
author =
accessdate = 2008-06-23
] "That's the theme — it's about death itself," he explained. "It's also about the immortality of the soul. That's the main subject for us".

Randy Blythe from the American band Lamb of God will be a guest vocalist on one song of the upcoming album. [cite web
url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=100650
publisher = Blabbermouth.net
title = LAMB OF GOD Frontman To Guest On New GOJIRA Album - July 10, 2008
author =
accessdate = 2008-07-20
]

Musical style and lyrical themes

Gojira's sound is not easily classifiablecite web
url = http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=2895
publisher = Metal Observer
title = The Link review
author = Thomas H
accessdate = 2008-04-12
] cite web
url = http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=8274
publisher = Metal Observer
title = The Link review
author = Wesley
accessdate = 2008-04-12
] as they blend several styles.cite web
url = http://www.themetalforge.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=588
publisher = The Metal Forge
title = From Mars to Sirius review
author = Simon Milburn
accessdate = 2008-04-20
] Genres that have been associated with Gojira are death metal, thrash metal, progressive metal and groove metal. [http://www.pyromusic.net/index.php?p=reviews_review&review=Gojira-From_Mars_to_Sirius&id=719 Pyromusic.net From Mars to Sirius review] ] They are often compared to bands like Meshuggah, Mastodon, Sepultura, Neurosis and Morbid Angel.cite web
url = http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/fr/gojira.htm
publisher = About.com
title = From Mars to Sirius review
author = Chad Bowar
accessdate = 2008-03-14
] Gojira have been influenced by heavy metal artists such as Death, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Metallica, Tool, and Neurosis. [cite web
url = http://www.myspace.com/gojira
publisher = MySpace
title = Gojira entry
author =
quote = Morbid Angel, Metallica, Tool, Meshuggah, Neurosis, Death
accessdate = 2008-03-14
] Gojira plays a technical and rhythmic style of heavy metal with precision drumming, unusual rhythm patterns, start-and-stop riffs, and breakdowns. Gojira has also been known to incorporate textured atmospheric elements and instrumental songs into their music. Gojira songs have progressive and uncommon song structures and are devoid of standard verse, chorus, verse song writing.The vocal style is somewhere between a hardcore punk shout and a death growl. Often at times, death metal growls and clean vocals are mixed to create an aggressive but melodic effect.

The members of the band were raised in Bayonne, a city on the south west coast of France. The surrounding scenic countryside and rugged coastline inspired Gojira's interest in nature and the earth. Gojira uses its lyrics to spread its spiritual beliefs and concerns for the environment.

Band members

* Joe Duplantier − vocals, guitar (1996–present)
* Mario Duplantier − drums (1996–present)
* Christian Andreu − guitar (1996–present)
* Jean-Michel Labadie − bass guitar (1996–present)

Discography

tudio albums

* 2001: "Terra Incognita"
* 2003: "The Link"
* 2005: "From Mars to Sirius"
* 2008: "The Way of All Flesh"

Demos

* 1996: "Victim" [ [http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=55597 Godzilla] . Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved on July 26, 2008.]
* 1997: "Possessed"
* 1999: "Saturate"
* 2000: "Wisdom Comes"

Live albums

* 2004: "The Link Alive" (CD/DVD)

References

* Gojira demos: [http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=18351 Metal Archives]
*cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Gojira stalks city |url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=WO&p_theme=wo&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=11CF7128A19F19F8&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM |work=Worcester Telegram & Gazette |publisher= |date=November 15, 2007 |accessdate=2008-07-07
*cite news |first=Curtis |last=Ross |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Gojira Makes A Whale Of A Sound |url=http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-30180219_ITM |work=Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) |publisher= |date=30 March 2007 |accessdate=2008-07-07

Notes

External links

* [http://www.gojira-music.com Official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/gojira Gojira] at MySpace


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