Gojira Album Update: 'We Have Some Pantera-ish Riffs, We Want to Be a Little Punchier'

"The style is changing a bit," says frontman Joe Duplantier.

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Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier shared an update on the band's progress with the new album, announcing a slight sound change and some Pantera-sounding material.

Chatting with Rock Sverige, Joe pointed out that the group is working "super hard" on the new material.

"We wanna put out our greatest album," he said (via Blabbermouth). "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."

The frontman elaborated further, adding, "So we have at least 20 songs - like, the main ideas, the core of each one. But we still need, now, to work on putting all the stuff together, but we have a lot of material that we really love this time.

"It's kind of challenging for us, also, 'cause the style is changing a little bit," he said. "We have some Pantera-ish kind of riffs, which is kind of new for us. But we wanna ... Because we want to ... We want [the riffs] to be a little punchier sometimes."

During the rest of the chat, Joe stated that the mentioned 20 tunes will be cut down to a significantly smaller number, going below the figure of 12 tracks in order to produce a "short, very dynamic album." The frontman has also confirmed that he will be the one taking charge of the production duties.

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    I been getting into Gojira recently and this is just adding to the excitement of discovering all their songs.
    This band are unlike anyone in metal today, absolutely unique and pushing themselves further. I think Gojira are going to explode in popularity after their next album, and its long overdue, absolutely worship this band!
    This kind of worries me since they are on such a good roll right now, but also excites me because this "new sound" could be awesome. Gojira is on a unstoppable rise right now and now would not be the time to mess up.
    Please make a version with all 20 songs + the songs in the short live videos you made for the North America Tour!
    I wasn't too into the last album. It had a couple really good songs, but it wasn't quite on the same level as the previous two. Still they're one of my favorite bands in a while and I'm excited for this.
    Great. Gojira going for Pantera riffs is ****ing great news, they have so much talent that they could pull it off.