Gojira may have been labeled as openers for Slayer on their current tour across North America, but more and more they continue to entertain like they are the headliners for the evening. Having won over fans the old fashion way (hard touring) Gojira have become the go to act to hook up with for fan-bands like Metallica and Lamb of God. Their latest effort, L’Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child), is without a doubt in every serious metal fans top five of 2012. In other words, Gojira is a headliner in all senses, and were the perfect match to go out with the almighty Slayer. Watch here as we check in with singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier about all things Gojira:
Gojira is a force to be reckoned with live. As Joe Duplantier (guitar/vocals) told us he’s like a “wild pig” on stage. He certainly has the intensity of a wild animal, as well as his bandmates. The fact that they have the technical precision to replicate their material is absolutely mind blowing. The French metal outfit is so multi layered in what they do and it’s a real treat to see peoples reactions when they first hear or encounter them for the first time. One hundred percent of the time they are absolutely blown away. The crowd in Pittsburgh was no exception last night (). To eavesdrop was to hear reactions of amazement followed by quick steps to their merch table after Gojira’s set (personally I highly suggest the artwork of Mario on drumheads…so unique and amazingly cool!). And what a set it was. Opening with “Explosia” from L’Enfant Sauvage, Joe, his brother Mario (drums), Jean-Michel Labadie (bass) and Christian Andreu came out with massive intensity and force. They forged on with “The Axe” (L’Enfant Sauvage), “Backbone” and “Heaviest Matter in the Universe” off of From Mars To Sirius, “Love”, as song that shows off their deep environmental roots “I know the reasons why I failed The stars illuminate my being Behold thy servant, you the force around that makes the planets be”. They continue pounding on with “Flying Whales” (From Mars to Sirius) “L’Enfant Sauvage”, “Toxic Garbage Island” from The Way of All Flesh and ended on a crushing high note with “Vacuity”. If you do not know this band, well you need to, now. Gojira is the future of metal and will carry the torch far, far into the future; taking the torch from the like of Slayer when they are ready to pass said torch on. Until that time the fire burns bright straight from the mouth of Gojira.
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