French metal stalwarts, Gojira, unleashed their most personal album to date last year, with the critically acclaimed Magma. This year the band will tour North America with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold. They will also make time for some headlining dates in between, and the much rumored Boise show has just been announced for Tuesday, August 8 at The Knitting Factory. Special guests for this show will be Pallbearer and Oni. Tickets will be $29.50 for general admission or $70 for reserved seating and will go on sale Tuesday May 23 at 10AM.
Magma is the band’s sixth studio effort since 2001. The band was initially formed as Godzilla in 1996, changing the name to Gojira with the release of their debut album terra Incognita. The band features brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier on vocals and drums respectively, with Christian Andreu on lead guitar and Jean-Michel Labadle on bass. Magma was selected on almost every year-end Top 10 list in 2016. The album features excellent songwriting and precise execution. Powerful cuts like “Silvera” and “Stranded,” while more to-the-point than the band’s previous material, continues to demonstrate Gojira’s unmatched ability to infuse complex song structures with catchy riffs.
Little Rock’s Pallbearer released its third album, Heartless in March. The record is an inspired collection of monumental rock music, with the band offering a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of 90’s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and on Heartless, his work’s especially stunning. This may in part be due to the immediacy of the lyrics. Written by Campbell and bassist/secondary vocalist Joseph D Rowland, the words have moved from the metaphysical to something more grounded. As the group explains: “Instead of staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can.”
Last November, Black Friday to be exact, signaled the release of ONI’s debut album, Ironshore. The Los Angeles-based progressive metal sextet has been one of the most buzzed about bands of the last two years, and Ironshore provides a clear indication why. Produced by the amazing Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Megadeth), and featuring guest performances from Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Devil You Know’s Francesco Artusato, ONI’s opening volley strikes an instant chord.
Founded by vocalist Jake Oni in 2014, his namesake band also features the talents of Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass, Joe Greulich on drums, and Johnny ‘D’ DeAngelis on xylo-synth. Jake hails the band’s style as something of Dream Theater meets Slipknot, but ultimately ONI has its own signature sound.