French progressive metallers GOJIRA have finished mixing their long-awaited new album for a tentative spring release via Roadrunner. The follow-up to 2012’s “L’Enfant Sauvage” was recorded at Silver Cord, the new New York-based recording studio designed and owned by the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Joseph Duplantier, and was mixed with the help of Johann Meyer, GOJIRA’s sound engineer.
In a 2015 interview with Rocksverige.se, Joseph Duplantier stated about the songwriting sessions for the band’s new CD: “We record demos, we jam, we work really hard… super hard on the songs. We wanna put out our greatest album. We do things a little differently. We dump songs, we dump riffs, which we never did before. [In the past] we would prepare 12 songs, get in the studio and record them just exactly as they are on the demos. We decided to do it differently this time. So [on previous albums] we would push each song to its maximum until it becomes really good. But this time we wanna select them right away. [If we come up a riff that sounds slightly] boring [from the start], we [get rid of it] instead of [spending time] trying to make it more interesting. So we have at least 20 songs — like, the main ideas, the core of each one. We have a lot of material that we really love this time. It’s kind of challenging for us, also, ‘cause the style is changing a little bit. We have some PANTERA-ish kind of riffs, which is kind of new for us. But we wanna… Because we want to… We want [the riffs] to be a little punchier sometimes.”
Despite the abundance of material, Duplantier said that GOJIRA’s new album would likely contain only about ten tracks. “I want a short, very dynamic kind of album,” he said. “But we have so much material; we could release three records or something. We believe in simplicity. When we release a record, we do it the old-school way. We could release a song once in a while and that’s it. It would be better for these days to do it this way. I think that’s what bands will do in the future. I think albums are dying. I think bands are going to work for a week at the end of a tour, release a song and go back on tour. And here you go — the fans are excited… But we’re so old school. We still wanna have that big chapter in our career that we call albums that are so important. It’s like a personal Bible that we’re writing; it’s very intense.”
Duplantier also revealed that was is producing the new GOJIRA album himself. “I have to do it myself somehow,” he said. “It makes me feel great. I love it. That’s what I do. It’s what I like. I wanna do it. So everybody’s, like, ‘Oh, you should work with a big producer.’ I don’t think so. It could be a very personal sound, it could be a very direct dialog with the fans, without the interaction of anyone. Even if it’s a great person, this person is still between us and the fans.”
GOJIRA’s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.
In March 2015, GOJIRA released “Les Enfants Sauvages”, a limited edition 5″ x 7″, 60-page hardcover photo book chronicling the band’s journey around the world over the first two years since the release of “L’Enfant Sauvage”. The images were taken around the globe, spanning over 150 shows on three continents, and were hand-selected by GOJIRA guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier and his brother, drummer Mario Duplantier. The package also includes a live CD and DVD capturing the band;s performance at the legendary Brixton Academy in London, England.