Last month, French experimental groove metallers Gojira unveiled the details of their new album Fortitude along with an incredible music video for the track “Born for One Thing.” Now, the band have unleashed a new track, “Amazonia,” via another striking music video.
“Amazonia” kicks off with a signature Gojira churn riff, though the intro also incorporates what sound like Native instruments. The track showcases how the band can do so much with something that might sound so simple — the song is steady and mid-paced, and yet incorporates tons of texture and atmosphere via its accents, melodies, and vocal work. The video, meanwhile, ties into the track’s environmental message, featuring footage of indigenous peoples of the Amazon next to video of the world’s greatest jungle on fire. It’s hard to hear lines like, “The greatest miracle/Is burning to the ground” and not feel goosebumps on your arms.
Not only does the song have a powerful message, but the band are using it to give back to the people showcased in the video. According to the YouTube caption, “Proceeds from this song will benefit The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) who advocate for environmental and cultural rights of indigenous tribes in the Amazon who have suffered immensely – victims of deforestation, land loss, forced labor, violence, and harassment.”
Check out “Amazonia” below:
“Amazonia” can be purchased online now. If you have a few bones, give them to this cause, so that one of nature’s most stunning creations and the people who live there aren’t destroyed by mankind’s hubris.
Gojira’s Fortitude comes out April 30th via Roadrunner Records, and is available for preorder. Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:
- Born For One Thing
- Another World
- Hold On
- New Found
- The Chant
- Into The Storm
- The Trails
Words by Chris Krovatin