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Gojira has debuted the official music video for “The Cell,” which is featured on its critically adored new LP, Magma. The video, directed by Drew Cox, sees Gojira delivering a pummeling, dynamic performance captured by a thermal-imaging camera. The official video for “The Cell” is streaming now on Gojira’s YouTube channel. (more…)

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By Greg Maki
On the business side, it might be harder for a band to exist now than it ever has been. But in the world of hard rock and metal, that hasn’t stopped countless acts from releasing album after album of quality material. Anyone who says there’s no good music today hasn’t looked past the FM dial. The previous year was one of the strongest in recent memory, highlighted by a number of veteran acts releasing albums that stand up to the best of their impressive back catalogues and newer bands still carving out names for themselves. Here are my favorites of 2016. (more…)

Metallica even released an album in 2016!

So the ball may have dropped long ago on 2016, which many deemed a dreadful year for entertainment due to many high-profile celebrity deaths. While our genre has lost some legends in recent years, hard rock and metal continue to thrive. I see bands rising and carrying the torch. We have the “world’s loudest month” in the U.S. for rock festivals. Metal is the most streamed genre on Spotify. Newer bands of all types of rock and metal subgenres continue to open eyes and ears not just here, but as always, worldwide. As usual, my list came down to the albums that not only initially knocked me on my ass, but also had me coming back time and time again. It mostly comprises reliable favorites, but there are a couple new surprise entries, as well.

First, we’ll start with a few honorable mentions: (more…)


Gojira has garnered its first-ever Grammy nominations, earning nods for Best Metal Performance for its song “Silvera” and Best Rock Album for its new LP Magma at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

We are honored and excited to receive our first Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Album of 2016,” the band said in a statement. “We want to thank the Gojira fans around the world who have continued to help us achieve many firsts with Magma. We couldn’t be more proud and grateful.” (more…)



Gojira has debuted the official music video for “The Shooting Star.” Taken from its new album Magma, “The Shooting Star” and its music video are streaming now on Gojira’s official YouTube channel and is available to view below. The video was directed and animated by Markus Hofko (

This past summer, Gojira returned with its widely acclaimed new LP, Magma, to take the number one spot on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Albums chart, making it the first French band to hold that spot on the chart in its nine-year existence. The release of Magma marked the highest chart debuts of Gojira’s career, landing at number four on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart, number sic on Billboard‘s Tastemaker Albums chart and top 25 on the Billboard 200. Furthermore, Gojira earned career high chart positions around the globe, including the top 10 in France, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Norway, and top 15 debuts in Australia and Germany. (more…)

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French metal outfit, Gojira have announced its new album, Magma, arriving June 17 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed L’enfant Sauvage, the new record was produced, mixed and engineered by the band. Gojira have also shared a music video for “Stranded,” Magma‘s first single. Directed by Vincent Caldoni, the sepia-toned video sees the band performing while a paint-covered dancer writhes and contorts on the ground. Watch it inside, and check out the artwork for the upcoming album. (more…)


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Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Celebrating its eighth annual installment, the three-day Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, is a lot to endure, but endure we did. Whether you were there as one of the 105,000 diehard rock fans of the sold-out event or, like us, to interview bands and take up shop in the photo pit, you were part of it. If you were kneeling over in the concourse as a casualty of consuming too much alcohol, if you were experiencing your first rock festival or if you were making it your personal campaign for the legalization of marijuana, you were part of it, as well. This one is history. And yes, we’re still looking for some of us.

Now that you’ve had a chance to read my preview I posted days ago, accounting some of the highlights of the long weekend, let’s talk about the actual live performances from a few of the 60 bands on the bill. (more…)

Gojira has released an official video for the track “Born In Winter’ from its 2012 album, L’Enfant Sauvage, available now on Roadrunner Records. Watch the video inside now and view upcoming Gojira U.S. tour dates. (more…)

gojira-fleshIn the swarm of albums and bands that came out in the last few years, I committed a great travesty in overlooking the French metal band, Gojira. If their 2005 album, From Mars To Sirius is only a shade of this monster, The Way of All Flesh, then it’s number one on the to-listen-to list. Sometimes it takes a certain album or band to revitalize my enthusiasm for music and Gojira has done just that. Gojira is hard to describe. They’re not noisecore, even though they’re all over the musical spectrum and have an unconventional way of writing songs. They’re not death metal, although they have double bass, some growled vocals, blast beats and a precise, machine-like sound like that of Meshuggah. They’re not an industrial band, but I hear similarities to groundbreaking pioneers like Godflesh and Ministry. And they’re not a stoner rock band, although they occasionally seem to be inspired by the pure rock fury and sludgy groove of Clutch. They’re all of this and more. (more…)