Gojira

Gojira

When: 15th February 2023
Location: O2 Academy

Tickets: from £38.40 Get Tickets

Gojira, the French extreme metal act famous for their unrelenting yet reflective music are back! Coming to Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 15th February 2023.

Originally formed as Godzilla in 1996 in Bayonne, France, the group changed their name to Gojira in 2001. Comprised of Joe Duplantier on vocals and guitar and his brother Mario on drums. Along with Christian Andreu on guitar and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass. The four-piece often operate in polar extremes.

From the beginning, Gojira was inspired by duality while creating their distinctive dark, epic, heavy sound. Merging crushing progressive and technical death metal with emotionally charged arena rock melodies. Plus, they’ve had a penchant for spiritual and environment-focused lyrics.

Their first two albums, 2001’s Terra Incognita and 2003’s The Link, established them on the French metal scene. Gojira’s acclaimed third album, 2005’s From Mars To Sirius, about the resurrection of a dead planet, was critically acclaimed in Europe as well as the UK. It spawned the singles Backbone, The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe and Flying Whales.

In 2006, Gojira signed with Prosthetic Records to bring their futuristically heavy sound across the Atlantic. The quartet released their fourth album The Way Of All Flesh in 2008. It broke into the Billboard 200 chart.

Roadrunner Records

Gojira became free agents again in 2011, but were quickly signed by Roadrunner Records. A year later, L’Enfant Sauvage, which means “ the wild child” in French and was partly inspired by François Truffaut’s film of the same name, came out and saw the band launch a worldwide tour.

It wasn’t until 2016’s Magma that Gojira experienced crossover success after penning their most personal record in memory of the Duplantier brothers’ late mother. Not only did the album debut at No.24 on both the Billboard 200 and UK albums charts, but it also netted them nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Metal Performance (for the song Silvera) at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

On the heels of that dark, grief-driven period, Gojira made the conscious decision that their seventh album Fortitude would convey positivity and be fun. Recorded at the band’s studio in New York City and mixed by Andy Wallace (FeederSheryl CrowThe Cult), it was released in April 2021 and peaked at No.6 on the UK albums chart. Fortitude bears Gojira’s trademark duality in that many of the tracks are hyper-focused yet unhinged, confrontational yet compassionate. Plus continuing their long tradition of using music for environmental action, the proceeds from the song Amazonia, which is interwoven with indigenous folk instrumentswill benefit the area’s Guarani and Kaiowa tribes.

On 1 July 2021, Gojira announced a UK tour to support Fortitude for March 2022 with support from Alien Weaponry and Employed To Serve.

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