Gojira Bring Acclaimed New Album to Terminal 5 on Sunday NightOctober 21st, 2016
With the release of their first album, 2001’s Terra Incognita (stream it below), Gojira—Joe Duplantier (vocals and guitar), Christian Andreu (guitar), Mario Duplantier (drums) and Jean-Michel Labadie (bass)—earned comparisons to Tool and Pantera, in thanks to their loud mix of death, thrash, groove, progressive and math metal. Over the ensuing years, the band from Bayonne—France, not Jersey—known for environmental themes, has steadily grown in popularity and earned acclaim for high-energy live shows and an impressive recorded catalog of DVDs, demos, videos, EPs and LPs, including this year’s acclaimed Magma (stream it below). “Magma hardly represents the epitome of the avant-garde in today’s metal scene, but in offering a concise anthology of accessible, immediately engaging songs that nonetheless manage to redefine the edge of the commercial envelope, Gojira set the bar for what arena metal could be five years from now, 10 years from now… whenever the more casual heavy metal demographic finally catches up,” raves PopMatters. “After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Metallica.” Crisscrossing North American in support of the new album, Gojira (above, performing “Stranded”) close out their tour on Sunday night at Terminal 5. Tesseract and Car Bomb open the show.