Gojira's Joe Duplantier: "My approach to guitar is very physical… but not sexual!"

Joe Duplantier
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For a generation of young headbangers, Gojira are the new titans of groove metal: progressive, heavy-hitting riff giants continuing in the lineage of Metallica, Sepultura, Pantera, Lamb of God and others. 

And just like the six-string legends that preceded them – Hetfield, Cavalera, Dimebag and more – central to the French band’s success is a modern metal rhythm guitar hero:  Joe Duplantier. But good luck approaching him with that kind of praise.

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Brad Angle

Brad is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and video producer. He is the former content director of Revolver magazine and executive editor of Guitar World. His work has appeared in Vice, Guitar Aficionado, Inked and more. He’s also a die-hard Les Paul player who wishes he never sold his 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee half stack.