Drummer Mario Duplantier of the French progressive extreme metallers GOJIRA has spoken to Kerrang.com about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album, tentatively due in October via Listenable Records. The follow-up to 2005's "From Mars To Sirius" is being tracked in Los Angeles with producer and ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader.
"My brother Joe [frontman] worked with Logan on the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album last year," Mario tells Kerrang.com. "He's very professional and calm and exactly the kind of person we needed to produce GOJIRA's fourth album. We knew he liked our music and we simply wanted to try a fresher approach."
"Drums are a complex instrument to record but they sound really big!" he adds. "We're going to focus on the rest of the album in our own studio in France with our live engineer Laurentx Etchemendy. Logan will mix the whole abum in Los Angeles later on."
Regarding how the finished album sound, Mario tells Kerrang.com. "It's too early to say, but I think it'll be darker than its predecessors, a little bit more experimental in some places, more violent and melodic at the same time. As usual, it was written in a spontaneous way and it definitely shows what GOJIRA is about in 2008."
A short video clip of GOJIRA rehearsing and writing material for the upcoming album can be viewed below.