GOJIRA frontman Joseph “Joe” Duplantier has told BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter” that he couldn’t get into SLAYER‘s music when he was initially exposed to it. “I remember the first time I heard [SLAYER], it was too much for me — it was too fast, too evil… it was too everything; it was too much,” he explained. “And I was very intrigued by it. I’m, like, ‘Why is it too much?’ It’s so evil — the notes, the tones, the playing, the drums, the solos, the vocals. There’s something hard to explain about SLAYER that makes it so evil.
“So I came back to SLAYER years later,” he continued. “When I was 18, 19, I was, like, ‘Yeah!’ My teenage years, being into METALLICA, I was then into death metal. And then I was ready for SLAYER — to go back and listen to SLAYER. ‘South Of Heaven’ was a big thing for me.”
This past January, SLAYER announced that it would do one last concert tour around the globe to thank its fans for all of their support over the years.
SLAYER has been touring in support of its latest album, “Repentless”, which was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast. That effort marked the band’s first release since the death of SLAYER‘s co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
In August, Duplantier confirmed to Metal Injection that GOJIRA has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2016’s “Magma” album.
“Magma” earned GOJIRA its first-ever Grammy nominations for “Best Metal Performance” and “Best Rock Album.” GOJIRA‘s crushing track “Silvera” received a nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, while “Magma” was nominated for “Best Rock Album” at the awards.
In the summer of 2017, GOJIRA was the support act on a number of North American dates on METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” tour.