Gojira is a heavy metal band from Ondres, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass. The band has produced five studio albums and three live DVDs.
They are known for their environmentally-themed lyrics and have gone from “utmost obscurity” to being mentioned regularly “amongst the genre’s leading new millennium upstarts”.
Gojira – OCEAN PLANET
YES!!! Gojira will be returning with a brand new album in spring 2016! It’s been the better part of a year since Gojira returned to the studio, but the wait will finally be over this spring. In a new clip posted by the French metal band, a mashup of live and studio footage announces the coming of Gojira’s sixth full-length effort.
Gojira – Studio Sessions
Gojira’s sound is not easily classifiable as they blend several styles. Genres that have been associated with Gojira are technical death metal, thrash metal, groove metal and progressive metal. Gojira has been influenced by metal artists such as Slayer, Sepultura, Death, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Tool, Metallica, Pantera, and Neurosis.
Gojira – Born In Winter
The members of the band were raised in Bayonne, a city on the south west coast of France (Pyrénées-Atlantiques/French Basque Country). 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. They also cooperate with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect marine animals, especially dolphins, whales and sharks. Members from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are allowed to run a merchandise booth at Gojira gigs. In addition, Gojira is working on the Sea Shepherd EP with well-known musicians from the metal scene, including Devin Townsend. All proceeds from that project will go to the organization.
Gojira – Flying Whales (Live at Resurrection Fest 2014, Spain)