Charvel signature artist Joe Duplantier and his French metal act Gojira are getting the weekend off to a killer start, with the release of a new video for new single “Stranded.” The band also released the album cover art for Magma, dropping June 17.
Directed by Vincent Caldoni, the sepia video features the band performing live indoors, but also other strange imagery including a woman dancing wildly, smashing a pile of eggs and then painting the guys’ faces. Combined, the beautifully shot footage conveys a sense of feeling trapped and desperation.
Watch the video and see the new album cover below.
The wait is nearly over for Gorjira’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album, Magma. The French metal band just announced both its name and a June 17 release, also accompanied by an audio sample.
Fans have been chomping at the bit for the follow up to 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage, but the band has been very vocal about explaining their four-year recording process. The unfortunate loss of Joe and Mario Duplantier’s mother in July 2015 delayed writing sessions, but eventually would provide the emotional material for the album.
The ten tracks were recorded at the brother’s New York-based Silver Cord Studios, and seemed to be a very cathartic experience. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Joe Duplantier opened up about the studio sessions, saying, “Mario was recording drums, and I was playing guitar with him, just trying to help him know where he’s at in the song, and both of us would start crying at the same time.”
Check out the teaser below to get a sneak peak of what to expect from the imminent release.
Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier worked with Charvel to come up with his perfect signature guitar, an iconic San Dimas Style 2. In this video, Duplantier talks about his new “killing machine with class,” which he uses on the stage and in the studio.
By the conclusion of Gojira’s epic set at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, the French metallers offered up another example as to why they should be included in the conversation of the world’s heaviest bands.
On the heels of their strong 2012 album is L’Enfant Sauvage, Gojira played a set that drew from their entire catalog and had the pit going full-blast.
A sold out crowd greeted the band when the guys walked out on stage one by one. Frontman Joe Duplantier houted “Are you alive!?” That question elicited a throaty roar over the feedback coming from the band’s huge amp stacks.