MetalSucks recently polled its staff to determine The Top 25 Modern Metal Drummers, and after an incredible amount of arguing, name calling, and physical violence, we have finalized that list! The only requirements to be eligible for the list were that the musician in question had to a) play metal (duh), b) play drums (double-duh), and c) have recorded something in the past five years. Today we continue our countdown with Gojira’s Mario Duplantier…
It can’t be easy being the drummer of one of the heaviest, best and critically acclaimed metal bands on Planet Earth. Especially not when your brother is the frontman and guitarist, two roles that usually attract more attention from the masses than drummers do. But perhaps there’s nothing like a good old fashioned case of sibling rivalry to motivate a fire under one’s ass; not only has Mario Duplantier managed to make his presence in the band felt in an incredibly tangible way, but he’s become a bonafide standout superstar within Gojira’s ranks and he’s absolutely, without question, one of the greatest drummers in modern metal. CONTINUE READING...
VOLCOM’s relation with GOJIRA goes way back and we thought it’s about time to celebrate this with a Limited Edition T-Shirt & 7” Vinyl bundle, featuring unreleased music from the band and artwork from GOJIRA’s Drummer, Mario Duplantier.
French death metal band Gojira have been in the studio over the last few months working on their follow up to their 2008 album The Way Of All Flesh. Vocalist Joe Duplantier is in New York finishing vocals and contemplating artwork, while the rest of the band are back in France rehearsing and preparing for their first visit to Australia for the Soundwave Festival.
It’s 1pm in the afternoon in Bayonne, France – and drummer Mario Duplantier has skipped his daily bodyboarding session to speak to Tonedeaf about Gojira’s new album, inspiration, and how he discovered metal.
French progressive death metal band Gojira is one of the bands to watch this year. Coming to Australia for the first time for Soundwave and releasing a new album sometime in the year. Drummer Mario Duplantier had a chat with him about the new album and coming to Australia for the first time.
How is recording the new album going?
Joe Duplantier my brother is finishing vocals in New York. I am not in New York; I am in France as I have finished the drums for the album. Right now my brother is finishing vocals and then next step is to mix everything in January and February.
Was there any material for the album pre written before going to New York or has it all been done there?
Everything has been written and recorded in New York. Usually we do everything ourselves, in our studio. This time we wanted to do everything in New York because it is easier for us. There is less stress and less energy so we decided to work with Josh from the beginning to the end.
Who is producing the album?
The album is being co-produced with my brother Joe and Josh Wilbur. He was the guy who produced the last Lamb of God album(Wrath).
How was it living in New York, whilst working on the album?
New York is amazing because it is a wonderful city; it is full of interaction, it is incredible. We come from the south west of France close to the oceans and mountains; it is poor from a cultural point of view. So when we go to New York it is amazing. You can see everything, eat anything, see so many things. It is a source of energy and inspiration.
Hey Aussie fans, we'll be heading your way for the Soundwave Festival.
Mario will be the Soundwave Lions Den chat guest on Wednesday (tomorrow) from 9PM AEDT time (11am CET time). Set yourself an email reminder here http://www.soundwavefestival.com/lionsden/gojira