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Gojira

Shows: 1045
Earliest: Jun 27, 1998
Latest: Nov 11, 2021

[WikiPedia] Gojira is a French heavy metal band from Ondres. Founded as Godzilla in 1996, the band's lineup—consisting of brothers Joe (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Mario Duplantier (drums), Christian Andreu (lead guitar), and Jean-Michel Labadie (bass)—has been the same since the band's name change to Gojira in 2001. Gojira has been known for their style of progressive and technical death metal, and their spiritual and environment-themed lyrics. They have gone "from the utmost obscurity during the first half of their career to widespread global recognition in the second".Gojira's first two albums, Terra Incognita (2001) and The Link (2003), and powerful live performances established their reputation as a leading band of the French metal scene. The band then released the critically acclaimed album From Mars to Sirius (2005), which featured "Backbone", "The Heaviest Matter of the Universe", and "Flying Whales", receiving exposure in the British metal press. Subsequently, Gojira signed with Prosthetic, the label that gave them visibility in North America. The follow-up album, The Way of All Flesh (2008), marked the first time Gojira charted on the Billboard 200. In 2011, Gojira signed to Roadrunner Records. The band released L'Enfant Sauvage (2012) and Magma (2016), which peaked at number thirty-four and twenty-four respectively on the Billboard 200. Gojira would put aside their death metal in favor of a more straightforward style on Magma, an album which found the band breaking through commercially and introduced their music to a broader audience. The chart-topping Fortitude (2021) was the best-selling album in pure sales in the US during its first week. With the DIY ethic, Gojira produce their albums themselves at their own recording studios in France and New York City. Gojira has released seven studio albums, three live DVDs and is the first French band to have topped the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The band is considered one of France's most successful exports in the US. Gojira has received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album for their album Magma and Best Metal Performance for its single "Silvera". The band holds the record for the loudest concert and sound ever recorded at the Stade de France. Throughout their career, Gojira has been involved in environmental, human and animal rights activism.