Band Line Up 2013
Playing: Saturday, 10th August 2013
Stage: Ronnie James Dio Stage
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its fifth album and first for Roadrunner Records, L'Enfant Sauvage,
French heavy metal goliaths Gojira certainly ask their fair share of questions.
The title, which literally means "The wild child," connotes a big
question for singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe Duplantier.
you become a musician, you don't have a boss telling you what to do so you have
to be very responsible," he affirms. "With freedom comes
responsibility so I'm asking myself, 'What is freedom? What does it mean to
me?' L'Enfant Sauvage reflects on that. There's no answer though.
There's just life and questions."
began asking those questions in 2010 when he commenced writing the album.
Gojira had enjoyed a veritable hot streak. After four critically acclaimed
independent albums since 2001, the group—Joe, his brother Mario Duplantier
[drums], Christian Andreu [guitar], Jean-Michel Labadie [bass]—had become embraced
handpicked them to open North American and European tours. Lamb of God also
took them out on the road, and frontman D. Randall Blythe guested on
"Adoration for None." Meanwhile, Joe was invited by the legendary Max
Cavalera to handle four-string duties on Cavalera Conspiracy's debut, Inflikted.
They also released a high-profile track benefitting non-profit, marine wildlife
conservation organization, Sea Shepherd. However, after touring for nearly two
years in support of 2008's The Way of All Flesh, the quartet found
itself at a crossroads.
was the first time we were without management, without a record company, and
without a crew," reveals Joe. "It was very strange. So we started to
compose without knowing what was going to happen. It was a very crucial moment.
We had a good opportunity to grow during that period, and time means quality to
writing, the exterior pieces fell into place, and they entered Spin Studios in
Queens, New York with producer Josh Wilbur [Lamb of God] towards the end of
2011. "Josh pushed us to give our best. He'd always say, 'You can do
better than that.' He helped us get out of our comfort zone and find new
new strength courses through the record. The seven-minute "Explosia"
shudders from hulking riffs, polyrhythmic pummeling and blood-chilling growls
before dipping into an ethereal soundscape. Elsewhere, "Planned
Obsolescence" roars with doubled robotic vocals and formidable shifting
rhythms and grooves. "Mouth Of Kala" pushes boundaries even further
as each element cascades into one raw exorcism of emotion. Put simply, the
songs on L'Enfant Sauvage leave a mark.
a lot of intensity on this record," exclaims Joe. "We have a lot of
fire in our minds and bodies, and we need to evacuate it through music. We
don't want to burn people with this fire though. We want to make them bang
their heads. It's about sculpting this raw energy into something
group's heavy edge remains brutally intact. In some ways, they're fiercer than
ever. Yet, Joe has taken time to focus on different lyrical topics especially
on the record's first single and title track.
adds, "I'm at a time in my life where I'm wondering about things
differently than I did when I was a teenager. Previously, Gojira albums would
talk extensively about the universe, the mysteries of Life in general and the
destiny of mankind as a whole. L'Enfant Sauvage is closer to my
condition in society. I'm not wondering what the species is doing, but what I'm
doing. I'm trying to stay a free spirit."
Records has proved to be the perfect home for the French outfit, and together
they're going to make an even deeper imprint on metal.
music didn't change at all," he assures the group's faithful. "We would've
released the exact same record if we were still independent. I want to say that
and get it out of the way. Roadrunner has such an incredible legacy and aura.
When I was a teenager, I'd buy a record just because it had the Roadrunner logo
on it. I'm a huge fan of so many artists the label launched like Death,
Sepultura, Fear Factory, Machine Head..."
L'Enfant Sauvage is about preserving integrity and honesty. Gojira
haven't strayed from their roots. Instead, they've taken the foundation they
made and built a whole new monster with this wild child.
trying to keep the child inside pure. without a Name, social security number,
identification card, or frame of reference," Joe concludes. "This
could be a message to all of our fans that you should keep that child alive as
much as possible. Or, it could be something else altogether. It's up to
be thinking about L'Enfant Sauvage for a long time to come.
Band Line Up 2013
- MUNICIPAL WASTE
- KING DIAMOND
- DARK FUNERAL
- EX DEO
- DEATH ANGEL
- LAMB OF GOD
- BULL RIFF STAMPEDE
- SCAR SYMMETRY
- THE PROPHECY
- THE WAY OF PURITY
- POWER QUEST
- MAEL MORDHA
- SECOND RATE ANGELS
- SHEOL AFTERLIFE
- LEFT UNSCARRED
- CRUEL HUMANITY
- THIS IN TURN
- INTERNAL CONFLICT
- IN THE HILLS
- DIESEL KING
- MASK OF JUDAS
- FALLEN RIOT
- XII BOAR
- THE INFERNAL SEA