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Released17 June 2016
StudioSilver Cord Studio in Queens, New York City
ProducerJoe Duplantier
Gojira chronology
Les Enfants Sauvages
Singles from Magma
  1. "Stranded"
    Released: 22 April 2016
  2. "Silvera"
    Released: 20 May 2016

Magma is the sixth studio album from the French metal band Gojira. The album was released on 17 June 2016 through Roadrunner Records.[3] The album was recorded at the band's studio in New York City, and was produced by Joe Duplantier, mixed by Johann Meyer and mastered by Ted Jensen. The album has been noted as a stylistic departure from the band's previous albums, featuring a more accessible atmospheric sound and more prominent use of clean vocals.[4] The album sold 17,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States, charting at number 24 on the Billboard 200, making Magma the band's highest sales and chart debut until Fortitude.[5] Magma had sold 400,000 copies worldwide in its first seven months.[6] The album was nominated for Best Rock Album and the single "Silvera" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.[7]


In November 2014, Gojira relocated to New York City and construction began on their own music studio in Queens.[8] By April 2015, the studio was complete and the band began recording music.[8] However, recording of the album was put on hold when Joe Duplantier and Mario Duplantier's mother fell ill.[8] At this stage, the Duplantier brothers decided to associate the album title with the imagery of the magma in the Earth's core, stating that they "were feeling a mix between memories of the past and a fear of the future, with all the emotions burning inside. Magma is this expression of something boiling inside: we cannot touch it, but eventually it will erupt. It makes perfect sense for how we were feeling at the time".[9] Their mother subsequently died.[8] The band spent some time touring before returning to studio to continue recording.[8]

Musical style and writing

On Magma, Gojira placed less emphasis on the notion of extreme metal than the previous albums. Mario Duplantier said, "It's a need that corresponds to our ages, to our life experiences, to the periods we have lived through", referring to the birth of their children and the death of their mother.[10] Of the overall tone of the album he commented that it would be "more mature, less visceral", adding that they also "tried to refine the music ... it was a real challenge to develop simplified things on drums";[11] while Labadie noted that they "desired more breathing" in the compositions.[12] Joe Duplantier stated about the album's general direction: "We want a short album. Something less epic than what we usually do. People's attentions are shorter now. So a lot of the songs are four minutes."[13] He also stated: "We have some Pantera-ish kind of riffs, which is kind of new for us. But [...] we want riffs to be a little punchier sometimes."[14] He also explained that the writing process for Magma differed from previous albums, saying that "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."[15]

Mario Duplantier stated about the lyrical aspect of the album: "When you read Joe's lyrics, for me, I cry right away. They're very deep and to the point. No bullshit. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music."[13] The album marked more emphasis on clean vocals representing a natural progression. Joe Duplantier said,

The real question for me is why did I start to scream in the first place? ... I've really wanted to sing for the longest time. I feel more at peace in my life now, I have love in my life and I have a family, but I still have this rage about the world, about politics, the environmental problems we face and the way people pollute the Earth, the fact that I suffered so much at school from the cruelty of other kids. All these things I carry inside me and I guess they made me scream into the microphone.[16]

The song "Magma" described "a journey to the sun" and evoked Joe Duplantier's intuitions about reincarnation.[10] Joe Duplantier sang in his native language in the song "Low Lands": "par–delà le ciel, par–delà le soleil" (English: "beyond the sky, beyond the sun").[17]

Two months would be required to record the vocals.[12] The mixing of the album was completed in February 2016.[18]

Release and promotion

On 2 April 2016, the band released an official video for the track "Stranded", directed by Vincent Caldoni.[19]

On 20 May 2016, Gojira released a music video for the song "Silvera", described by Rolling Stone as "frenetic" and "shocking". The music video directed by Drew Cox shows the band performing "on NYC rooftop amidst a flurry of bodies falling up".[20]

On 8 July 2016, the band released a music video for the penultimate track of the album, "Low Lands".[21][22] Described by the band as "an intimate and poetic piece",[22] the music video was directed by photographer Alain Duplantier, cousin of the band's Joe and Mario Duplantier, and assisted by their sister, Gabrielle, also a photographer.[23][21][22] The music video features the Duplantier brothers' childhood home in Ondres in the Landes forest, France, "near a stormy ocean",[23][21] as well as "gothic visuals and some symbolically personal imagery" for the brothers,[22] which mingled representations of "the absence and the omnipresence of the mother". In the video, Claire Théodoly, cousin of Joe, Mario and Gabrielle Duplantier, played the role of the mother "walking towards her deliverance". The music video was edited by director of photography/editor Mathieu Laclau. The song was "an open letter from Joe to his mother". At first, he was afraid that the video would be too personal, he nevertheless mentioned that the song would speak to those who have been "affected by the loss of a loved one".[23] Mario Duplantier said:

Our mother wanted us to make a very big fire after she left, a celebration she called 'Patricia's Liberation'. Two days after her death, we gathered about a hundred people and lit a fire six or seven meters high [20-23 feet flame lengths]. Our uncle Alain was present and very moved. We recreated this giant fire for the filming.[23]

Gojira performing in Toronto in October 2016. For Gojira, imagery plays an "important role" through concerts that are also real shows, visually speaking.[24]


The Magma World Tour consisted of six weeks of touring then a one-month break before getting back on the road for five to six weeks, repeating the cycle for a total duration of about three and a half years.[24]

On 2 May 2016, Gojira announced a North American tour in support of Magma. The band was supported by the British metal band Tesseract and toured the United States and Canada from July to October 2016.[25] In early June, the band debuted two new songs called "Silvera" and "Stranded" at the Rock in Vienna Festival in Austria.[26] On 14 July, Gojira performed a secret intimate concert for three hundred people at Saint Vitus in New York,[27][28] which had sold out in ten minutes.[29] Loudwire wrote that "New York City will always be home to Gojira and fans will show up anywhere they play, no matter the size of the venue." They also reported that Joe Duplantier spoke about the terrorist attack in Nice, France, "which for most of us was the first time in the evening that we heard about the calamity." They also noted that it "was bittersweet because it was also the birthday of bassist Jean-Michel Labadie."[30] In July 2016, the band announced that they would support Alter Bridge and Volbeat on a European tour in November and December 2016.[31]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[33]
The Guardian5/5 stars[35]
Metal Hammer4.5/5 stars[37]
MetalSucks4/5 stars[38]
PopMatters9/10 stars[39]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[40]
Rock & Folk4/5 stars[42]

Magma was met with favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, the album has received a score of 79 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

In Dom Lawson's review for The Guardian, he gave the album 5/5, writing that "Magma is the kind of album that metalheads would love non-believers to check out, if only because it confounds all the usual stereotypes about the genre being unimaginative and dumb."[35] Adrien Begrand's review for Spin likewise received the album positively, writing that on Magma, Gojira "strip their distinctive sound down even further, most often building songs around one insidiously catchy riff and resisting self-indulgent flights of fancy. It's common for young acts in modern metal to show astonishing technical skill but no sense of restraint. By contrast, there's little else out there like the taut, minimalist Magma right now."

Rolling Stone's Daniel Epstein noted that Magma marks a stylistic departure for Gojira compared to previous albums. "Largely absent are the epic song arrangements and neck-snapping displays of instrumental wizardry that marked their recordings up through 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage. Instead, new tracks like 'The Shooting Star', 'Stranded' and 'Pray' are more about finding a fearsome groove or riff and squeezing it for every last drop of darkness and catharsis."[40] He noted the death of Joe and Mario Duplantier's mother as a likely influence on this development. Epstein also compared the album to Metallica's 1991 self-titled album and Mastodon's 2011 The Hunter, writing that "for those who can appreciate a tightly focused hard rock album infused with emotions that are often just as heavy as its riffs, Magma offers a listening experience that is as rewarding as it is therapeutic."

Writing for Pitchfork, Zoe Camp described Magma as "their most accessible release yet, melodically immediate and charged with emotion." Camp sided with Epstein and other critics in considering the album a stylistic departure from previous releases. Camp wrote that on Magma, Gojira "deliver a taut, catchy crossover effort that inoculates their heady metal with equal parts melodic immediacy and emotional intimacy, while retaining the pillars of their caustic panoply: mathy riffs, uncommon time signatures, ferocious, death-metal-styled vocals, and above all, overpowering anxiety. The new sound's largely a consequence of the Duplantiers' grief; their mother died during the album's gestation, forcing the brothers to get out of their own heads and revisit the material they had so far – often fighting back tears during the sessions."


Consequence of SoundTop 50 Albums of 20162016
WhatCulture20 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Albums of 20162016
Metal HammerAlbum of the Year2016
Metal InjectionMetal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 20162016
Rolling Stone20 Best Metal Albums of 20162016
Loudwire20 Best Metal Albums of 20162016
MetalSucksThe 25 Best Metal Albums of 2010–20192016

Metallica's Kirk Hammett called Magma "an incredible piece of art"[50] and "the best album he had listened to in a long time".[51]

Track listing

All music is composed by Mario Duplantier and Joe Duplantier. Lyrics by Joe Duplantier.

1."The Shooting Star"5:42
3."The Cell"3:18
5."Yellow Stone" (instrumental)1:19
8."Only Pain"4:00
9."Low Lands"6:04
10."Liberation" (instrumental)3:35
Total length:43:56


Personnel adapted from liner notes.[52]


Chart (2016)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[53]11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[54]9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[55]15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[56]28
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[57]17
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[58]40
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[59]43
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[60]5
French Albums (SNEP)[61]10
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[62]14
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[63]31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[64]32
Italian Albums (FIMI)[65]95
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[66]26
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[67]9
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[68]21
Scottish Albums (OCC)[69]19
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[70]64
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[71]26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[72]4
UK Albums (OCC)[73]24
US Billboard 200[74]24


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External links


Veröffentlichungen von Gojira die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

The Link ¦ Fortitude ¦ L’Enfant Sauvage ¦ Magma

Gojira auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):


Gojira bei Rock am Ring 2017
Gojira bei Rock am Ring 2017
Allgemeine Informationen
Genre(s)Death Metal, Groove Metal, Technical Death Metal, Progressive Metal
Gründung1996 als Godzilla
Aktuelle Besetzung
Joseph “Joe” Duplantier
Christian Andreu
Mario Duplantier
Jean Michel Labadie

Gojira (ehemals „Godzilla“) ist eine französische Metalband. Die Band wurde 1996 in der Stadt Bayonne gegründet.[1] Der Name stammt vom japanischen Originaltitel des 1950er-Jahre-Films Godzilla (japanisch ゴジラ Gojira). Gojiras Texte haben meist die Erde und Umwelt zum Inhalt und sind spirituell geprägt.[2]


Die Band wurde im Jahr 1996 von Sänger und Gitarrist Joseph Duplantier, seinem Bruder Mario Duplantier, der Schlagzeug spielt und Gitarrist Christian Andreu gegründet. Unter dem Namen „Godzilla“ spielten sie einige Demos ein, die noch sehr eindeutig dem Death Metal zuzuordnen waren.[3] Aus rechtlichen Gründen änderte man kurz vor Veröffentlichung ihres 2001 erschienenen Debütalbums Terra Incognita (lateinisch für „unbekanntes Land“) den Bandnamen in „Gojira“, mit Jean-Michel Labadie war ein neuer Bassist zur Band gestoßen.

Nachdem im Jahr 2003 ihr zweites Album The Link (englisch für „Die Verbindung“) erschien, wurden diverse Konzerte aufgenommen und im Rahmen einer DVD mit dem Namen The Link Alive veröffentlicht. Diese beiden Publikationen brachten ihnen einen Plattenvertrag mit dem französischen Label Listenable Records ein, welches ihr drittes Album From Mars to Sirius (englisch für „Vom Mars zum Sirius“) in Europa auf den Markt brachten. Die guten Kritiken der internationalen Fachpresse ebneten den Weg zu einem Vertrag mit dem US-amerikanischen Label Prosthetic Records, die ihr Album 2006 in Nordamerika erneut veröffentlichten. Im November desselben Jahres nahm Gojira an der US-Tour der finnischen Band Children of Bodom teil und spielte somit gemeinsam mit Amon Amarth und Sanctity.[4] Im Frühjahr 2007 spielte die Band als Vorband für Lamb of God gemeinsam mit Trivium, Annihilator und Sanctity.[5] Am Ende des Jahres tourte Gojira außerdem mit Behemoth und Job for a Cowboy.[6]

Anfang 2008 stieg Joseph Duplantier in die brasilianische Band Cavalera Conspiracy ein und wirkte auf ihrem ersten Album Inflikted als Bassist mit. Gojiras viertes Studioalbum The Way of All Flesh (englisch für Der Weg allen Fleisches) wurde am 10. Oktober 2008 veröffentlicht. Als Gastmusiker wirkte der Lamb-of-God-Sänger Randy Blythe mit.[7] Über das Album sagt Sänger Duplantier:

“This album is also a ‘requiem’ for our planet. […] We don’t want to be negative or cynical about the fate of humanity, but the situation on Earth is growing critical, and the way humans behave is so catastrophic that we really need to express our exasperation about it. It’s not fear, but anger. But we still believe that consciousness can make a difference and that we can change things as human beings.”

„Dieses Album ist auch ein Requiem für unseren Planeten. Wir wollen weder negativ noch zynisch über das Schicksal der Menschheit erscheinen, aber die Situation auf der Erde wird kritisch, und wie sich die Menschen benehmen ist so katastrophal, dass wir unseren Frust äußern müssen. Es handelt sich nicht um Angst, sondern um Wut. Aber wir glauben noch immer, dass das Bewusstsein einen Unterschied machen kann und dass wir Dinge als Menschen ändern können.“

Joseph Duplantier[1]

Ab Herbst 2008 spielte Gojira gemeinsam mit Sonic Syndicate als Vorband für In Flames auf ihrer Europa- und US-Tournee.[8] Im Frühjahr 2009 schloss sich die erste Headliner-Tour der Bandgeschichte an.

Im Jahr 2010 arbeiteten sie erstmals mit der Band Apocalyptica zusammen, woraufhin das Lied Bring Them to Light produziert wurde.

Das 2016 erschienene Studioalbum Magma ist die überhaupt erste Veröffentlichung einer französischen Band, die den ersten Platz der Billboard Charts erzielen konnte.[3] Später folgten zwei Grammy-Nominierungen – zum einen für das Studioalbum in der Kategorie „Best Rock Album“, zum anderen für die Single Silvera im Bereich „Best Metal Performance“.[9]

Ab Ende 2019 nahm Gojira im bandeigenen Silver Cord Studio in New York ein weiteres Album auf. Im August 2020 gab es mit einem Musikvideo zum Song Another World einen ersten Ausblick auf das neue Material,[10] am 17. Februar 2021 erschien die Vorab-Single Born For One Thing. Das siebte Studioalbum trägt den Titel Fortitude und erschien am 30. April desselben Jahres.[3]


Gojira bei Rock am Ring 2017
Gojira bei Rock am Ring 2017

Gojira verwenden in ihrer Musik eine große Bandbreite von Stilen,[11] dabei spielen insbesondere Death Metal / Technical Death Metal,[12] Thrash Metal,[13] Progressive Metal[14] und Groove Metal eine große Rolle. Sie werden daher gelegentlich mit Bands wie Meshuggah, Mastodon, Sepultura, Neurosis oder Morbid Angel verglichen.[13][14][15][16] Musikalische Einflüsse von Gojira liegen bei verschiedenen Bands wie Death, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Metallica, Tool und Neurosis.[16][17]

Die Band spielt einen technisch ausgefeilten, rhythmischen Metalstil mit präzisem Drumming, ungewöhnlichen Rhythmen, abgehackten „Start-Stop-Riffs“ und Breakdowns. Sie sind außerdem bekannt für die Verwendung von stimmungsvollen Elementen und Instrumentaleinlagen in ihrer Musik.[18][13][14]

Die Musik von Gojira zeichnet sich durch progressive, ungewöhnliche Songstrukturen aus und ist frei vom oft in der populären Musik verwendeten Aufbau „Strophe – Refrain – Strophe“.[18] Der Gesangsstil bewegt sich im Rahmen von Hardcore-typischen Shouts und Death-Metal-typischem Growling.[14] Häufig werden Growls und klarer Gesang zusammengemischt, um einen aggressiv wirkenden, aber dennoch melodischen Effekt zu erzielen.[11][16]

Die Bandmitglieder wuchsen in Bayonne auf, einer Stadt an der französischen Westküste. Die dortige malerische Landschaft und die felsige Küste veranlasste sie, sich mit der Natur und der Erde zu befassen, und stellt so einen großen Einfluss für die Thematik dar, die Gojira in ihrer Musik zum Ausdruck bringen. Die Songtexte der Band befassen sich mit Spiritualität und Aspekten des Umweltschutzes.[19]

Soziales Engagement

Gojira betreiben eine Kooperation mit der Umweltorganisation Sea Shepherd zum Schutze der bedrohten Meerestiere, insbesondere von Delfinen, Walen und Haien. Auf Gojira-Konzerten betreiben Mitglieder von Sea Shepherd Merchandisestände, Erlöse einer EP mit Gastbeiträgen namhafter Musiker wie z. B. Devin Townsend, Max Cavalera und Fredrik Thordendal gingen der Organisation zu.[20]



Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungenTemplate:Charttabelle/Wartung/ohne Quellen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
2001Terra Incognita
Gabriel Records
Erstveröffentlichung: 19. März 2001
2003The Link
Boycott Records
Erstveröffentlichung: 18. April 2003
2005From Mars to Sirius
Listenable Records
(3 Wo.)FR
Erstveröffentlichung: 27. September 2005
2008The Way of All Flesh
Listenable Records
(1 Wo.)US
(6 Wo.)FR
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Oktober 2008
2012L’Enfant sauvage
Roadrunner Records
(1 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(2 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(2 Wo.)US
(7 Wo.)FR
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. Juni 2012
Roadrunner Records
(2 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(4 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
(15 Wo.)FR
Erstveröffentlichung: 17. Juni 2016
Roadrunner Records
(3 Wo.)DE
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2021AT
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2021CH
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2021UK
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2021US
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2021FR
Erstveröffentlichung: 30. April 2021


Commons: Gojira – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. a b Biografie. (Memento vom 20. Juni 2009 im Internet Archive) prostheticrecords.com
  2. Lucy Williams: Biography. myspace.com; abgerufen am 22. Oktober 2008
  3. a b c Gojira: Das sind die wichtigsten Meilensteine ihrer Band-Geschichte, Metal Hammer, 27. Februar 2021, abgerufen am 28. Februar 2021.
  4. Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth: More North American Tour Dates Announced. (Memento des Originals vom 2. April 2012 auf WebCite)  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.roadrunnerrecords.com blabbermouth.net, 19. September 2006; abgerufen am 22. Oktober 2008
  5. Gojira And Sanctity Added To TRIVIUM's European Tour. (Memento des Originals vom 26. April 2011 im Internet Archive)  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.roadrunnerrecords.com blabbermouth.net, 5. Februar 2007; abgerufen am 22. Oktober 2008
  6. Gojira: New Performance Footage Posted Online. (Memento des Originals vom 2. April 2012 auf WebCite)  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.roadrunnerrecords.comblabbermouth.net, 25. November 2007; abgerufen am 22. Oktober 2008
  7. Gojira: Gastauftritt des LAMB OF GOD-Sängers für das neue Album ‘The Way Of All Flesh’. vampster.com, 14. Juli 2008; abgerufen am 22. Oktober 2008
  8. Die Tour des Monats. (Memento des Originals vom 20. Oktober 2008 im Internet Archive)  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.metal-hammer.de metal-hammer.de; abgerufen am 22. Oktober 2008
  9. grammy-com: GRAMMY Award Results for Gojira
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqrMFNMgVS0
  11. a b Simon Milburn: From Mars to Sirius review. In: The Metal Forge. Abgerufen am 20. April 2008.
  12. Raziqa Rauf: Gojira: joint heaviest matter in the UK. In: Drowned in Sound; abgerufen am 4. Dezember 2008.
  13. a b c d Wesley: The Link review. In: Metal Observer. Abgerufen am 12. April 2008.
  14. From Mars to Sirius review. Pyromusic.net
  15. a b c Chad Bowar: From Mars to Sirius review. In: About.com. Abgerufen am 14. März 2008.
  16. Gojira entry. In: MySpace. Abgerufen am 14. März 2008: „Morbid Angel, Metallica, Tool, Meshuggah, Neurosis, Death“
  17. Lucy Williams: Gojira Biography. In: Official Gojira Website. Abgerufen am 4. Mai 2008.
  18. Devin Townsend, Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal Perform With Gojira In Perth (Video) vom 7. März 2012


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