Posts Tagged ‘Mario Duplantier’

magmaFour years ago, I covered an album from Rammstein because Germany had won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. So to try and keep the tradition going, I am going to do the same for this week considering that France is officially the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions and the band that I chose is an absolute no brainer. Gojira (the Japanese name for Godzilla) is one of those bands that stormed onto the metal scene and has just made an impact with every album making them the real deal. The band made up of brothers Joe Duplantier (Vocals/Guitar/Producer), Mario Duplantier (Drums), Christian Andreu (Guitars), and Jean-Michel Labadie (Bass) together have recorded six studio albums with the band’s last effort in 2016’s Magma being this week’s Album of the Week. It was released on June 17, 2016 and it sold 17,000 copies in its first week landing itself at number 24 on the Billboard Top 200 charts which is the highest charted album int he band’s history. The album also landed in the top 10 in five different countries (France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway) as well as the top 20 in four others. The album was also voted as the album of the year for Metal Hammer Magazine and it was voted the number one album on WhatCulture’s 20 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Albums Of 2016 and that is why it was a successful album.

magma back cover1. The Shooting Star– A very cool track that is just atmospheric in my opinion and it bodes true with the lyrics which could be about two things. It could be interpreted as the loss of a loved one or about breaking out of the illusions the world throws up at us. 5/5

2. Silvera– an in your face track that shows off the thunder that the band brings to the table along with the amazing intricate notes. I think the track is about shedding your former self and becoming a new and more enlightened you. 5/5

3. The Cell– If you thought they brought the thunder in the last track, then check this one out. The track is apparently about the band’s dislike of how technology like cell phones have taken over society. I can’t say that I blame them. 5/5

4. Stranded– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, I just love the riff, it has this rumble to it that is bad ass. I’ve read reports that the Duplantier brother’s mother had passed away before the making of the album and I believe this song has something to do with her. 5/5

5. Yellow Stone– This is the first of two instrumentals that is on the album that has a sludge metal feel to it. 4/5

6. Magma-A very eerie sounding track that I believe is about the death of their mother with lyrics like The poison slowly spreads/Through the body and the mind/Close your eyes and drop your things. It’s easy to see it could be about her sickness. 4.5/5

Gojira-Magma-CD7. Pray– An interesting track that touches a bit on the Djent side of metal with the chanting like vocals in this song about someone who has lost faith in the world and wants to leave. 4.5/5

8. Only Pain– A track that has the feel of Stranded with the guitar riffs that talks about someone who wanted it all despite all the people that he might hurt on the way. 4.5/5

9. Low Lands– A very cool track lyrically that might be them speaking to their mom who is on the other side now. It’s almost like they are trying to talk to her spirit because their curious as to what she see’s now. 5/5

10. Liberation– The second and last instrumental on the album that just showcases the brilliance of this band. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Lyrically, these guys really make you think and that is what I love about this band. I know a lot of people admire their musical abilities much like I do, but they are also lyrically amazing. My favorite tracks on the album are the opening four tracks plus Low Lands. I don’t really have a least favorite track, but I guess I’ll put Yellow Stone as the track. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

Everyone’s favorite French metal band Gojira is back and they have a new album coming out soon. Magma which is the title of the band’s first album since 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage is due out in stores on June 17TH. To bide the time until the album’s release, the band has unleashed a music video for all the world to see and we have it for you here. The band released the music video for the track Stranded. The march of the elephants is on as the band’s signature sound is in full effect along with the chugging guitar tone in this very different video. The video is part performance video and part weird video with what looks to be a gypsy or voodoo queen. The band has stated that Magma‘s lyrical content was largely influenced by the death of frontman/guitarist Joe and drummer Mario Duplantier’s mother’s death. Mario states in an interview with Rolling Stone, “When you read Joe’s lyrics, for me, I cry right away. They’re very deep and to the point. No bulls–t. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music.” Joe adds to the convo saying, “Mario was recording drums, and I was playing guitar with him, just trying to help him know where he’s at in the song, and both of us would start crying at the same time.” Check out the video below, be on the lookout for the record on June 17TH, and you can pre-order here. Check out the album artwork below while you are it.