Watch Mario Duplantier of Gojira’s Insane Drum Solo Inspired by NYC

It’s no secret that extreme metal masters Gojira have a weapon behind the kit: Mario Duplantier. Recently, the extraordinaire took to creating a killer, unique drum solo inspired by his sometimes-home of New York City. Watch it below.

The born-Frenchman also offered another piece of art — a poem — to go along with his “The City” video. Both pieces are beautifully interwoven, seeing its clear inspiration. As we, The Pit team, are also New York City dwellers, we’d say it’s accurate, too.

“It’s a giant monster made of wood and steel,
gold and dirt,
ice and storms,
As fast as light, its movements, animated by an unspeakable and superb energy, create various fascinating sounds.
The monster will destroy you on its path if you are not watchful
You may have to reinforce yourself to survive The City.”

In addition to working on new music, Gojira will be heading on a summer trek with alt-metal heroes Deftones and genre-defiant sensation Poppy. Check out the dates below.

Deftones 2020 tour dates with Gojira and Poppy:
July 27     Portland, OR                        Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center
July 28    Seattle, WA                          WaMu Theater
July 30    San Francisco, CA                Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Aug. 1     Las Vegas, NV                       The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
Aug. 2     Los Angeles, CA                   The Greek Theatre
Aug. 4     Phoenix, AZ                          Arizona Federal Theatre
Aug. 5     Albuquerque, NM               Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 7     Bonner Springs, KS              Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Aug. 8     Milwaukee, WI                     The Eagles Ballroom
Aug. 9     Minneapolis, MN                 The Armory
Aug. 11   Chicago, IL                            Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 12   Sterling Heights, MI            Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
Aug. 14   Boston, MA                          Agganis Arena
Aug. 15  Laval, QC                              Place Bell
Aug. 17  Toronto, ON                        RBC Echo Beach
Aug. 19  New York, NYT                    The Rooftop at Pier 17
Aug. 20  Asbury Park, NJ                   Stone Pony Summer Stage
Aug. 22  Philadelphia, PA                  The Met Philadelphia
Aug. 23  Washington, DC                  The Anthem
Aug. 24  Bridgeport, CT                      Harbor Yard Amphitheater
Aug. 26  Pittsburgh, PA                     Petersen Events Center
Aug. 27  Indianapolis, IN                   The Amphitheatre at White River State Park
Aug. 29  Nashville, TN                       Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Aug. 30  Atlanta, GA                          Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sept. 1    San Antonio, TX                  AT&T Center
Sept. 2    Houston, TX                         White Oak Music Hall
Sept. 3    Irving, TX                              The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sept. 5    Denver, CO                           Pepsi Center