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Thursday, June 5, 2008

GOJIRA: New Album Title, Release Date Announced

French progressive extreme metallers GOJIRA have set "The Way Of All Flesh" as the title of their new album, due on October 13 in Europe via Listenable Records and October 14 in North America through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2005's "From Mars To Sirius" is being tracked in Los Angeles with producer and ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader.

"My brother Joe [frontman] worked with Logan on the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album last year," GOJIRA drummer Mario Duplantier recently Kerrang.com. "He's very professional and calm and exactly the kind of person we needed to produce GOJIRA's fourth album. We knew he liked our music and we simply wanted to try a fresher approach."

"Drums are a complex instrument to record but they sound really big!" he added. "We're going to focus on the rest of the album in our own studio in France with our live engineer Laurentx Etchemendy. Logan will mix the whole abum in Los Angeles later on."

On the subject of how the new album compares to 2005's "From Mars To Sirius", vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier told Revolver magazine, "I would say that it's the logical next album. It's more intense, more brutal, and more melodic at the same time — it's more everything! I'm very happy with the new songs and the recording is very good. I think it was a good thing for us to come to the States to work with Logan on the drum tracking because it really brought something — it's more tight, it's more powerful. I'm very positive about the new production, and even the writing is more straight to the point, more one tempo. We still have a lot of double bass, very fast, and at the same time there are melodies."

When asked if there was a connection between his work on the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY project and the new GOJIRA record, Duplantier responded, "Totally. GOJIRA does everything in our own studio and we do everything ourselves — we compose, we record, we mix on our own. A lot of people in the U.S. think 'From Mars To Sirius' is our first record, but in fact it's our third record, and we needed a hand from someone in the business who's a real producer, because we work with our live sound engineer and we do everything by ourselves, but on our last record we toured so much we became more famous in the States. It took us two years of touring nonstop — almost three. And so when I was recording with the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, I met Logan for the first time and I was like, 'Wow, this guy knows metal.'"

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