Guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA was interviewed by Kerrang! magazine at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which was held June 10-12 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what the title of GOJIRA‘s new album, “Magma”, means to him, Duplantier said: “To me, ‘magma’ is the primal energy. It’s the blood of the earth. It’s hot. It’s dangerous. It is the guts. It’s this music. It’s the music we play. It’s fusion. It’s fire. It’s electricity. It’s… everything that we’re trying to express with this music. That’s what it means to me, ‘magma.'”
Joseph also talked about how he comes up with all those heavy GOJIRA riffs. He said: “I don’t know if we have a formula or a secret to write some of our riffs. But I wanna say that we connect ourselves to a certain energy, we put ourselves in a certain state of mind naturally. The kind of music we wanna hear, the kind of riffs we wanna hear are intricate and heavy and spiritual and there’s a part of mystery in it. So we put ourselves in this kind of state of mind. But, really, we have visions when we play. When I’ve got my guitar, I’m already in a certain mood, and then everything that comes out will be in that specific mood. Yeah, I guess we’re really connected to all… everything that’s nature… Ideas like infinity, outer space, black holes [are] very inspiring for heavy riffs.”
“Magma” will be released on June 17 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012’s “L’Enfant Sauvage” was recorded at Joseph Duplantier‘s Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.
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.