3x Grammy® nominee Gojirahave shared a new single – “Our Time Is Now” – which is available today on all streaming platforms. Originally announced as part of EA Sports’ NHL 23 soundtrack, “Our Time Is Now” is a call to action in our most dire hour.
Gojira’s Joe Duplantier elaborated on the intentions of the new single: “This song goes out to all the fighters out there sparking a light in a dark world,” urging “show that you are part of a change!” Duplantier continued “If you care about something meaningful to you and your community. If you are standing for a cause, if you show compassion and solidarity for the ones whose rights are taken away, if you’re in a war defending your inherent rights or fighting against deforestation, if you’re standing for animal rights, human rights, you are the lightning bolt, the spark that will shape our world. Your time is now! Our time is now!” In solidarity with the women of the Iranian uprising, Duplantier added, “Rest In Peace young Masha Amini. She was killed in Teheran for not wearing her hijab ‘properly’ by the ‘morality police’ and Rest In Peace all victims of brutalities during the protests that followed her death. We support the women of Iran in their fight, for taking a stand against oppression!”
“Our Time Is Now” marks the first new music from Gojira since the release of their acclaimed 2021 studio album FORTITUDE, which garnered a GRAMMY nomination for the single “Amazonia” in the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Originally recorded during the FORTITUDE sessions, “Our Time Is Now” evolved into a deeply affecting and vital song for the band who decided it should receive its own standalone release.
FORTITUDE entered Billboard’s ‘Top Albums’ chart at #1, while also claiming the #1 spot on Billboard’s ‘Top Current Albums,’ ‘Current Rock Albums,’ and ‘Current Hard Music Albums’ tallies. The release also marked a career high debut on the ‘Billboard 200’ for Gojira, arriving at #12, with several career high chart positions and Top 10 debuts in countries around the globe including: France (#2), United Kingdom (#6), Australia (#3), Germany (#8), Belgium (#2), Netherlands (#4), Denmark (#3), Portugal (#4), Finland (#2), and Norway (#10).
FORTITUDE is highlighted by the singles “Another World,” “Born For One Thing,” “Into The Storm,” “The Chant,” and “Amazonia” which launched alongside ‘Operation Amazonia,’ a philanthropic effort aimed at ending genocide and ecocide in the Amazon. Working with the social good-focused digital platform Propeller, Gojira launched a charitable campaign raising over 300K through an auction and raffle of one-of-a-kind items from the band and their friends in Metallica, Tool, Slipknot, Slayer, Slash and more. All proceeds are to be donated to the indigenous owned NGO The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) who advocate for environmental and cultural rights of indigenous tribes in the Amazon. Recently Gojira’s Joe Duplantier journeyed to the Amazon to protest harmful legislation and visit the site of a recently constructed ‘healing house,’ funded by the operation, which will ensure the birthright and health of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa community.
Next month, Gojira will head to Japan for a pair of headline dates in Osaka (11/24) and Tokyo (11/25) followed by a run of December festival dates in Australia. 2023 will see the band heading to the United Kingdom and Europe for a headline tour set to get underway on February 11th with a sold-out show a Dublin, Ireland’s National Stadium. For tickets and more information on Gojira’s live schedule visit www.gojira-music.com.
Recorded and Produced by Joe Duplantier at Silver Cord Studio – Gojira’s Ridgewood, Queens, headquarters – and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine), FORTITUDE is Gojira’s first album in five years and the follow-up to 2016’s Grammy® nominated LP MAGMA. A collection of songs urging humanity to imagine a new world—and then make it happen, FORTITUDE has been earning widespread critical praise with THE GUARDIAN, REVOLVER, METAL HAMMER, KERRANG!, and ROLLING STONE all naming it one of their “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” with the latter remarking “It’s all the rage of death metal mixed with the conscience of punk rock and the musicality of progressive rock.” NPR hailed “Another World” as “an apocalyptic banger,” and PASTE called “Into The Storm” a “much-needed revolutionary anthem.” STEREOGUM declared, “hearing this band operating at their peak is a life-affirming thing,” while REVOLVER attested “FORTITUDE, could spark a revolution.”
Gojira treat heavy music as a living and breathing entity, morphing, transforming, and changing in each iteration. After 2016’s MAGMA crashed the Top 25 of the Billboard Top 200, the history-making French band garnered a pair of 2017 Grammy® nominations, including “Best Rock Album” and “Best Metal Performance” for “Silvera.” REVOLVER cited its 2012 predecessor L’Enfant Sauvage as #2 among the “25 Best Albums of the 2010s.” Meanwhile, ROLLING STONE named their 2005 breakthrough From Mars To Sirius one of “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.” Handpicked to open for Metallica by none other than frontman James Hetfield, they have toured with Slayer, Slipknot, and more in addition to headlining tours around the world. The group’s forthcoming seventh full-length album, FORTITUDE, undoubtedly sees them push the envelope as they change heavy music once again.