Video Premiere: GOJIRA’s ‘The Cell’

Thursday, 23 February 2017

“The Cell”, the new video from French progressive metallers GOJIRA, can be seen below. The clip, directed by Drew Cox, sees GOJIRA delivering a pummelling and dynamic performance captured by a thermal-imaging camera.

GOJIRA was nominated in two categories at this year’s Grammy Awards: “Best Metal Performance” for the song “Silvera”, and “Best Rock Album” for “Magma”.

GOJIRA frontman Joseph Duplantier told the AFP news agency about being nominated for a Grammy: “We started playing pretty intense thrash and death metal and I’ve been mostly growling for the last twenty years, so I wasn’t expecting any kind of award. I never even thought of the concept of being nominated for the Grammys.”

He added that the Grammy nods would not affect GOJIRA‘s musical and lyrical approach on the eventual follow-up to “Magma”, which was a more commercially viable effort than the band’s previous releases.

“We’re super excited and surprised, but it’s not like God telling you you’re good and the others are not good,” he said. “It’s the Grammys.”

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently praised GOJIRA, saying that they were “the best thing I’ve heard in a long time. I love their new album,” he said. “I think it’s an incredible piece of art. It’s heavy, it’s vibey, it’s moody. It has all the things you want to hear — great complex rhythms, great drumming, great riffs, great songs.”

“Magma” was released last June via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012’s “L’Enfant Sauvage” was recorded at Joseph‘s Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.

Asked what the title of GOJIRA‘s new album, “Magma”, means to him, Joseph told Kerrang!: “To me, ‘magma’ is the primal energy. It’s the blood of the earth. It’s hot. It’s dangerous. It is the guts. It’s this music. It’s the music we play. It’s fusion. It’s fire. It’s electricity. It’s… everything that we’re trying to express with this music. That’s what it means to me, ‘magma.'”

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