The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new album from French progressive metallers GOJIRA can be seen below. The CD is currently being recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD) for an early 2012 release via the band’s new record label, Roadrunner Records.
GOJIRA is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier, who has a previous relationship with Roadrunner, having played bass on CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s debut “Inflikted”, along with guitarist Christian Andreu, bassist Jean-Michel Labadie and drummer Mario Duplantier, who is also Joe‘s brother!
The band’s Roadrunner debut will be its fifth album overall. It was 2005’s “From Mars to Sirius” and 2008’s “The Way of All Flesh” which established GOJIRA as a metal force of nature and a key player in the scene.
Duplantier revealed that, rather than the heavily researched themes of the last CD, lyrics for the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled effort are a lot more spontaneous, with “stream of consciousness”-style “spiritual” compositions.
“I’ve been about spirituality since the first album,” he said. “It’s hard to define what spirituality is, but it’s more like getting closer to [oneself]. It’s where each thing we do is sacred; not like going to a church or when you are with a dying person, but waking up in the morning… I’ve tried to take this dimension when I’ve written the music, like sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to sing and the words come out fluently. It’s not a concept album like in the past, it’s more about being spontaneous with feeling, and it’s more true and honest.”
GOJIRA have kept busy in between albums. They recently recorded the four-song “Sea Shepherd” EP, with all proceeds benefiting the Sea Shepherd charity. Sea Shepherd is a Washington State-based nonprofit marine conservation organization which employs direct action tactics to protect sea life. One of the songs, “Blood and Salt”, recently surfaced on a Metal Hammer U.K. sampler CD. Release details on that EP, which is loaded with A-list metal guests like MASTODON‘s Brent Hinds, LAMB OF GOD‘s Randy Blythe, SOULFLY‘s Max Cavalera and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD‘s Devin Townsend, to name a few, are yet to be determined.