Gojira Announce New Album ‘Fortitude,’ Drop First Single via Breathtaking Music Video

Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

The last new music we heard from French groove metallers Gojira was “Another World” back in early August. Now, the band have announced the full details of their upcoming record, and have dropped a first single to boot.

Gojira’s new album will be called Fortitude, and will see the light of day on April 30th via Roadrunner Records. The album will feature “Another World,” as well as the new single, “Born for One Thing,” which guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier says is an anti-consumerist track inspired by his readings of Tibetan and Thai philosophers.

“We have to practice detaching ourselves from everything, beginning with actual things,” says Duplantier.  “Own less possessions, and give what you don’t need away, because one day we’ll have to let everything go, and if we don’t, we’ll just become ghosts stuck between dimensions.”

While the track is everything fans want from Gojira — steady rhythms subject to wild changes, guitars that explore the depths of surging groove and trembling shrieks, huge bellow-along vocals — the video for “Born for One Thing,” written and directed by Charles de Meyer, is the kind of short film that every band dreams of making. Set in a natural history museum, the narrative follows a security guard chasing a thief — or is it many thieves? The dreamy visuals and lush settings of the piece go perfectly with its storyline, which borders on the fantastical while feeling deeply rooted in the very real psychology of humanity.

Check out “Born for One Thing” below:

Gojira’s Fortitude comes out April 30th via Roadrunner Records, and is available for preorder. Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:

  1. Born For One Thing
  2. Amazonia
  3. Another World
  4. Hold On
  5. New Found
  6. Fortitude
  7. The Chant
  8. Sphinx
  9. Into The Storm
  10. The Trails
  11. Grind

And make sure to catch Gojira on tour with Deftones and Poppy this summer at one of the following dates:

Deftones/Gojira 2021 Tour Dates:

August 12 ­– Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
August 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 15 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
August 17 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
August 19 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ RBC Echo Beach
August 20 – Laval, QC, Canada @ Place Bell
August 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 23 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
August 24 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
August 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
August 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
August 29 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
August 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh
September 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Amphitheater at White River State Park
September 3 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
September 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
September 6 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
September 7 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
September 8 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
September 10 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
September 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
September 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
September 21 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater
September 22 – Portland, OR @ Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center

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Words by Chris Krovatin