Vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier of the French metallers GOJIRA recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the recording sessions for the group's new album, tentatively due in October.
On the subject of how the new album compares to 2005's "From Mars To Sirius", Duplantier said, "I would say that it's the logical next album. It's more intense, more brutal, and more melodic at the same time it's more everything! I'm very happy with the new songs and the recording is very good. I think it was a good thing for us to come to the States to work with Logan [Mader, former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist and producer for such bands as DIVINE HERESY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY] on the drum tracking because it really brought something it's more tight, it's more powerful. I'm very positive about the new production, and even the writing is more straight to the point, more one tempo. We still have a lot of double bass, very fast, and at the same time there are melodies."
When asked if there was a connection between his work on the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY project and the new GOJIRA record, Duplantier responded, "Totally. GOJIRA does everything in our own studio and we do everything ourselves we compose, we record, we mix on our own. A lot of people in the U.S. think 'From Mars To Sirius' is our first record, but in fact it's our third record, and we needed a hand from someone in the business who's a real producer, because we work with our live sound engineer and we do everything by ourselves, but on our last record we toured so much we became more famous in the States. It took us two years of touring nonstop almost three. And so when I was recording with the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, I met Logan for the first time and I was like, 'Wow, this guy knows metal.'"
A short video clip of GOJIRA rehearsing and writing material for the upcoming album can be viewed below.