AMH TV conducted an interview with drummer Mario Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for GOJIRA's follow-up to 2012's "L'Enfant Sauvage", Mario said: "Right now we're writing some new stuff. We spent two months before this tour, actually, composing new stuff, composing new songs. And we feel very optimistic [about] the future, and we're already enjoying a lot the new stuff. We want to make the strongest album we can do. I mean, all the bands always say they try to make the strongest album, but this time, I think we will really do it."
This spring, GOJIRA will release "Les Enfants Sauvages", a limited edition 5" x 7", 60-page hardcover photo book chronicling the band's journey around the world over the last two years, since the release of their critically acclaimed Roadrunner debut, "L'Enfant Sauvage". The images were taken around the globe, spanning over 150 shows on three continents, and were hand-selected by GOJIRA guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier and his brother, drummer Mario Duplantier. The package also includes a live CD and DVD capturing last year's performance at the legendary Brixton Academy in London, England. In addition to the CD/DVD/book, a bundle that includes an exclusive T-shirt is available. Pre-orders are available now for delivery by March 11.
"Les Enfants Sauvages" track listing:
03. Flying Whales
05. The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe
06. L'Enfant Sauvage
07. Toxic Garbage Island
08. Wisdom Comes
11. Drum Solo
12. The Axe
13. The Gift Of Guilt
GOJIRA has also premiered a live performance of "Flying Whales" along with a gallery of images from "Les Enfants Sauvages" over at Noisey.
GOJIRA's fifth album, "L'Enfant Sauvage", sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "The Way Of All Flesh", opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.
"L'Enfant Sauvage" entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).
"L'Enfant Sauvage" (which translates to "The Wild Child") features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).