Gojira’s next album might be “a bit harder,” says frontman

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Gojira‘s new album, Fortitude, just dropped this past April, but the French metallers are already thinking of ideas for a follow-up.

Speaking with Revolver, frontman Joe Duplantier shares that, while he enjoyed “exploring new vibes and new tonalities” on Fortitude, the next record may lean closer to his death metal-loving heart.

“After doing this album [Fortitude] that’s more toward a rock approach — although there [are] metal elements in it — I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a bit harder on the next album,” Duplantier says.

Duplantier does admit that “it’s a bit early to talk about a new album,” but adds that he and his drummer/brother Mario Duplantier “can’t help it.”

“Mario’s on fire,” Joe says. “He’s throwing drum patterns at me day and night, and I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, wait, let me digest what we’ve just been through.'”

“I almost, sort of out of respect for Fortitude, don’t want to think about a new album now because we’re about to go on tour in Europe and it’s going to be one of the biggest tours we’ve ever done in terms of capacity,” he adds. “So I’m really, really focused on that.”

In addition to that European tour, Gojira will also be traveling the U.S. next year on a run with Deftones.

Meanwhile, the Fortitude single “Amazonia” will compete for the Best Metal Performance at the 2022 Grammys, held January 31.

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