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Gojira's Joe Duplantier and the power of positive thinking

By mixing messages about the environment with the heaviest riffs in the universe, French metallers Gojira have become one of the 21st century's most important metal bands

Did you ever imagine that Gojira would be as successful as it is today?

Joe Duplantier (vocals): “Of course not – that’s really, really awesome. But part of me – I don’t know if it’s the foolish part – felt something great was going to happen to us since day one. It’s almost like a choice to believe it’s going to work.”

How has the metal scene changed since you started out?

“There’s more fashion going on; there’s more fancy haircuts and fancy tattoos. I don’t know what that means, but there’s a lot of good-sounding bands. I kind of miss the good old days sometimes – what I call the good old days, ’cause I was born in ’76 – when things were a little more raw, a little more real. Now people have an attitude where they want to look cool. But there are great bands as well. Kvelertak, for example, are bringing back this good old rock’n’roll vibe.”


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