French progressive metallers GOJIRA will open for METALLICA on May 12 at Stade de France in Paris, France.
GOJIRA previously supported METALLICA — along with LAMB OF GOD — on a North American tour in September/October 2009.
In a 2009 interview, GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier stated about sharing the stage with METALLICA, “It’s like a dream come true. We are a band because of METALLICA. We owe so much to [the METALLICA guys]. When I saw them, the only thing I [wanted] to tell them is, ‘Thank you very much,’ and what [METALLICA guitarist/vocalist] James Hetfield answered is, ‘You’re welcome.'”
GOJIRA‘s new album will be released later in the year via the band’s new record label, Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).
GOJIRA is comprised of 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.