Roadrunner Officially Announces Gojira Signing


I could have posted this news yesterday, but fuck it — you knew this Monday.

Roadrunner Records has announced the addition of French whale-lovin’ progressive metal outfit Gojira to it’s stellar, near-flawless label roster.

I can’t believe they landed Gojira. I hope this doesn’t fuck their sound up in any way. And I hope they’ll be at the Roadrunner Christmas Party, because I wanna talk to Joe Duplantier about what shampoo he uses.

According to a press release, “[Gojira] is universally recognized as one of the most talented and extreme art-metal acts on the scene today.” Art-metal? That makes them sound lame.

“Gojira is one of those rare bands that comes along every couple of years and takes everything you know about metal, twists it, re-imagines it and comes up with something wholly unique,” which is an extreme way of saying “They’re awesome.

“It’s doubtful you’ve heard anything like Gojira before” — unless, of course, you’re a fan of Gojira already, like me — because “the band makes that much of an impact with its music and approach.”

“We are so stoked to walk with the legendary Roadrunner,” Joe said about the signing. “We discovered Sepultura, Machine Head, Death, Fear Factory and so many other great bands thanks to these guys. Roadrunner has been a great source of inspiration for us as metal fans. It’s an honor to be part of this family today as a band. We feel we’ll get the right support at the right moment in our career. We cannot wait to release our new record and get back on the road.”

Duplantier revealed that, rather than the heavily researched themes of the last CD, lyrics for the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled effort are a lot more spontaneous, with “stream of consciousness”-style “spiritual” compositions.

“I’ve been about spirituality since the first album,” he said. “It’s hard to define what spirituality is, but it’s more like getting closer to [oneself]. It’s where each thing we do is sacred; not like going to a church or when you are with a dying person, but waking up in the morning… I’ve tried to take this dimension when I’ve written the music, like sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to sing and the words come out fluently. It’s not a concept album like in the past, it’s more about being spontaneous with feeling, and it’s more true and honest.”

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