What Are Gojira Teasing With This Twitter Video?

photo by Travis Shinn

Last we heard from experimental groove metallers Gojira, the band had just released a live video for “Pray” from their 2017 set at Red Rocks in Colorado. Now, the French quartet have tweeted a cryptic video teasing something…even if no one’s quite sure what exactly that is.

As you’ll see below, the video features a control panel on what appears to be a time machine, showing a rapid acceleration into the future, not to mention some kind of system overload. The only caption provided by the band is the hashtag “#anotherplacetobe.”

As Metal Injection points out, a fan noted that the phrase ‘Another Place To Be’ was printed on the backs of shirts that were sold at Gojira’s Red Rocks event. This seems to support speculation that Gojira’s Live at Red Rocks album might be coming out in the near future.

More news on this as it comes.

Unfortunately, a live album might be the closest fans of Gojira will get to seeing the band live in the coming year. Back in June, they announced that they would be canceling all tour dates for the foreseeable future, in order to keep themselves and their fans safe during the current COVID-19 epidemic. The band — singer-guitarist Joe Duplantier and his brother, drummer Mario, guitarist Christian Andreu and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie — broke the news  in a social media post:

“Since the emergence of the COVID-19 and subsequent pandemic, we unfortunately are forced to cancel Gojira shows, including headline dates, for the year of 2020,” the band announced. “We are diligently working on a touring schedule for next year, 2021. Although we are not in the position to confirm any shows for this new period at this time, we do hope to have more news for you all in the coming weeks. We are sensitive to the fact that the pandemic has caused hardships for many of you, this is why we decided to cancel our headline shows so you all can receive refunds now.

“Please contact your original point of purchase for refund information. We can no [sic] wait to get back out on the road to play for you all, but until then, please stay safe and be kind to one another!”

For now, watch the band’s extended performance of “Pray” below.

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Words by Chris Krovatin