They have become one of the most famous French death metal bands abroad. With a career spanning over 25 years, the band has gained recognition by performing in the biggest festivals in the world and has managed to conquer the American charts. Twice nominated for a Grammy Award (2017) and after a series of successful albums and tours, the Frenchmen no longer face any obstacles.
Gojira (originally named Godzilla) was formed in 1996 in a garage near Bayonne, France. Originally formed by the Duplantier brothers - Joe and Mario - both respectively on guitar/vocals and drums, the bassist Alex Cornillon and Christian Andreu, they produced several demos: Victim (1996), Possessed (1997), Saturate (1999) and Wisdom Comes (2000) and started playing gigs at local festivals. In these early demos, their death metal combined elements from thrash metal. In January 1998, Jean-Michel Labadie replaced Alex Cornillon as the band's bass player.
At the end of 2014, the Duplantier brothers completed the construction of their own studio in Queens,New York (Silver Cord Studio), where they move in. They began working on a new album in 2015 but at the same time they had to face the death of their mother. This tragic event inspired the album Magma, released in 2016. More rock than its predecessors, the album abandons somewhat death metal sounds in favour of more accessible songs and clearer vocals than on the previous albums.
The band continues their ascent and they probably already have some nice surprises in store !
After having played a lot of opening acts, Gojira released their first album Terra Incognita in 2001 and distinguished themselves very early on by a technical and groovy death metal. The Link, released in 2003, confirms the potential of the band. Associated with Death Metal, Progressive Metal and even Groove Metal, Gojira distinguishes itself within the Metal scene by the ecological and spiritual sensitivity of their songs.
Their third opus From Mars To Sirius, released in 2005, allowed them to expand their audience to the whole world. This album marks a progressive turn in the band's music, as they enjoy venturing into longer songs. The band goes on tour abroad for the first time and plays with major metal bands such as Trivium, Children Of Bodom or Lamb Of God. The rise of the band is launched. They perform in major European festivals such as Wacken Open Air or Hellfest. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
For the release of The Way Of All Flesh in 2008, the band tours a lot, and will even play alongside Metallica in Arras in August of the same year. In 2011, the quartet signs with the American label Roadrunner Records, one year before the release of L'Enfant Sauvage, returning to a death metal a little more accessible.
In 2017, the album Magma was nominated for "Best Rock Album" and the single "Silvera" was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. This was a turning point in the band's popularity and international reach.
On August 5, 2020, the band unveiled the first single from their new album. "Another World" marks the first appearance of a song by the group in a Billboard chart. In April 2021, the album Fortitude was released and debuted at number one on the iTunes All-Genre U.S. album chart. On May 1, 2021, it reached #15 on Apple Music's worldwide all-genre album sales chart.