Gojira Release Laid-Back New Single “The Chant”

Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

Even at their most spiritual and thoughtful, French groove metallers Gojira have always brought a level of furious heaviness to the table. But with the band’s upcoming new record Fortitude, one thing Gojira are experimenting with is listenability. Now, the band have dropped their latest single “The Chant,” and it’s probably their most chill track to date.

What fans will immediately notice on “The Chant” is the rhythm and guitar tone — the former is laid-back and bouncing, while the latter has a jangle to it that’s very different from the band’s usual churn. The vocals, meanwhile, are almost entirely clean-sung, a far cry from Joe Duplantier’s typical urgent bellows. The song will undoubtedly be divisive for the band, bringing less metal-oriented listeners into the fold while bothering those who come to the band for the thousand-ton crush.

Check out Gojira’s “The Chant” 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

Meanwhile, if you want to hear “The Chant” live, catch Gojira on one of their upcoming tour dates with Deftones and Poppy:

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