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GOJIRA, next Tuesday LIVE at Arenele Romane

The Blackmordia and Xaon will perform as opening acts. An event organized by Metalhead!

by Monica Apostol

Gojira, the  famous French metal band, performs live next week on July 4th at Arenele Romane in Bucharest, as a Aftermath METALHEAD Meeting Festival 2017! The opening acts will be The Blackmordia, one of the youngest and most energetic metal bands in France and the Xaon Swiss guys who made very good impression at the 2016 edition of the METALHEAD Meeting.

Born from the ashes of the defunct EVER SINCE, XAON was brought to life by masterminds Vincent Zermatten (guitars) and Florian Jacot-Descombes (bass) in the midst of 2014. Inspired by bands like ANATHEMA (and their whole period in the second half of the 90’), MY DYING BRIDE, EMPEROR, the mighty PARADISE LOST, TYPE O NEGATIVE, ULVER, SOILWORK, LIMBONIC ART, the two of them laid the base of what would later become the first EP, “Face of Balaam”, blending the aggressiveness of death metal with gothic undertones and layered with dark and eerie synthesizers and strings. The trio entered the studio at the dawn of 2017 with respected and talented french drummer Jordan Kiefer to record their first album. This new record takes the band’s sound to a whole new level. The album progresses from spectral ambiances to grandiose and intricate orchestrations, it evolves from oppressing aggressiveness to majestic lamentations. It is soberly entitled “The Drift”.

The album was recorded and mixed by Rob Carson at “Studio du Lac” in January/February 2017 and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at “Tower Studio”. The album art was designed by Chris Kiesling from Misanthropic-Art.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE!GOJIRA-canta-in-premiera-la-Bucuresti-pe-4-iulie

Gojira is a metal band from Bayonne, France. Their lyrics focus on life, ecology, and spiritual themes. They were formed in 1996 by brothers Joe Duplantier (vocals and lead guitar) and Mario Duplantier (drums), Christian Andreu (guitar) and Alexandre Cornillon (bass guitar). Cornillon left the band in 2001 and Jean-Michel Labadie became their bass player, according to last.fm. Genres that they have been associated with over their career include , , and . They had initially named their group Godzilla, but due to legal constraints had to change their name. They therefore chose to re-name their band Gojira – the original Japanese version of their name (in Japanese Gojira means gorilla-whale or gorilla the size of a whale). Some of the content of their music is focused on the ecological effects of human activity on the Earth.

Joe and Mario Duplantier also play in an experimental metal band called Empalot.
In 2007 Joe also became the bass player for former Sepultura members Max and Igor’s new project, Cavalera Conspiracy.

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