As you know, “Fortitude” is the seventh and latest studio effort of the Gojira. The band released the album at the end of April, 30th day, 2021, through Roadrunner Records. This is the first Gojira album after 2016’s “Magma.”
However, during a recent appearance on Metal Hammer, Randy Blythe touched on Gojira‘s “Fortitude” and praised the band.
Randy Mentions The Album’s Success
Opening up about his thoughts about the album, Randy revealed how a great album it was. He also revealed behind the story of the album and disclosed heartwarming moments.
“‘Fortitude,’ Gojira’s seventh studio offering, succeeds in achieving what very few metal albums do: without sacrificing a single ounce of earth-shattering heaviness,” he said.
“The album moves beyond the often self-imposed constraints of the genre into something entirely else. The palette of heavy metal is used to construct something more than metal: a gorgeous, dense, sonic painting of life itself.
“On the southwest coast of France, bordered on one side by the sea and the Pyrenees on the other, sits the tiny village of Ondres.
“There, down a tree-lined lane cut through a beautiful forest, is an ancient farmhouse filled with art. Behind that is an equally ancient stone barn filled with Gojira’s musical equipment.”
He Recalls A Rare Moment He Lived With Gojira
Later, Randy continued by recalling a rarely-known epic moment he lived with Gojira band members. He took fans back to 13 years ago and revealed peaceful moments.
“One day, 13 years ago, we left the house and barn in the forest and drove high into the Pyrenees to walk the hillsides and wander the Basque villages – the region is one of indescribable beauty,” Randy reveals.
“After hours of clearing our heads in the crisp mountain air, the sun began to set and we headed back down towards the coast.
“Suddenly, Joe skidded over to the side of the treacherous dirt road we drove on, hopped out of our car, ran up to a tree, grabbed a handful of ripe cherries from its branches, and ran back, laughing hysterically.
“‘We gotta get outta here quick before the farmer who owns that tree shoots us!’ he said, and we hauled ass down the mountain and to the sea, stuffing our faces with that delicious fruit the whole way…”
Randy Says Those Moments What ‘Fortitude’ Sounds Like
He concluded by saying that the moments they told what is “Fortitude” sounded like.
“That is what ‘Fortitude’ sounds like – ancient structures holding new art, ocean waves and mountain air, the thrill of illicit fruit as the sun sets at the end of a perfect day,” Randy says.
“Maybe you can envision that. Maybe not. It doesn’t really matter, because the bar that defines this genre has just been raised. Again.”