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Gojira performing during the Knotfest Roadshow at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, Texas on September 6, 2019, with Joe Duplantier, Mario Duplantier, Christian Andreu, and Jean-Michel Labadie.
Gojira, comprised of brothers Joe Duplantier [vocals, guitar] and Mario Duplantier [drums], Christian Andreu [guitar], and Jean-Michel Labadie [bass], have challenged themselves and heavy music since forming in 1996. The band’s most recent release, MAGMA, shook the world in 2016, staking its claim amongst the year’s best albums and earning Gojira their first ever Grammy nominations for ‘Best Metal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Album.’

MAGMA took the #1 spot on Billboard’s ‘Hard Rock Albums’ chart upon debut, making Gojira the first French band to hold the #1 spot on the chart in its twelve year existence. A true global phenomenon, MAGMA marked the highest chart debuts of Gojira’s career landing them Top 25 on the ‘Billboard 200,’ with career high chart positions around the globe including; Top 10’s in France, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway, with Top 15 debuts in Australia and Germany.

MAGMA received Metal Hammer’s coveted “Album of the Year” title, while also landing on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016,” Consequence of Sound’s “Top 50 Albums of 2016” / “Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016” lists, and Pop Matters’ “Best Metal of 2016” recap. Additionally, “Stranded,” the lead single off of MAGMA, was named one of Stereogum’s “100 Favorite Songs Of 2016.”
Setlist for the show at the Austin360 Amphitheater
  • Toxic Garbage Island
  • Backbone
  • Stranded
  • The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
  • Love
  • The Cell
  • Silvera
  • The Gift of Guilt

Gojira shared the stage with Slipknot, Volbeat, and Behemoth at the Austin360 Amphitheater. The band continues across the United States with the last stop at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee on October 11, 2019.

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