The French progressive metallers Gojira are to release the sixth full-length album "Magma" on June 17 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012's "L'Enfant Sauvage" was recorded at the frontman Joseph Duplantier's Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.
"We want a short album," said Joseph in the interview with Rolling Stone. "Something less epic than what we usually do. People's attentions are shorter now. So a lot of the songs are four minutes."
Work on "Magma" was conducted in two stages — a forced break occurred during the illness of Duplantier brothers’ mother, who died last summer — which affected the album.
"When you read Joe's lyrics, for me, I cry right away," Mario Duplantier says. "They're very deep and to the point. No bullshit. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music."
"I felt physically, mentally exhausted," Joseph told RollingStone.com. "At the same time, though, the way it happened was beautiful. We were all around her. We had to cancel a few shows when she died, but it was very enriching at the same time. We learned a lot about death."
"The songs were half-written while she was sick," Joe says. "After she died, I still had to finish them. So one song was like, 'You're going to make it,' but the second verse is 'You didn't make it.'"
In March 2015, Gojira released "Les Enfants Sauvages", limited edition 60-page photo book chronicling the band's journey around the world over the first two years since the release of "L'Enfant Sauvage". The kit also included a live CD and DVD with the band’s live video shot at the Brixton Academy in London.
Preview photo is taken on facebook.com/GojiraMusic