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Joseph Duplantier

Joe Duplantier at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, 2009.
Background information
Genres Thrash metal, groove metal, progressive metal, death metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1996 onward
Labels Gabriel Editions
Boycott Records
Next Music
Listenable Records
Prosthetic Records
Associated acts Cavalera Conspiracy

Joseph Duplantier is most notable as the guitarist and vocalist of Gojira and the bassist of Cavalera Conspiracy.



Joe Duplantier's influences include bands such as Meshuggah, Metallica, Morbid Angel and Sepultura.[1]

He was also in a band called Empalot from 1999 to 2004.[2]

Max Cavalera and Igor Cavalera initially asked Jean-Michel Labadie, bassist of Gojira, to do bass duties for their band, Cavalera Conspiracy; however, Labadie was busy with prior commitments, including Gojira. Instead, Joe Duplantier ended up being the band's bassist.[3] Joe Duplantier has stated that Gojira is his main priority and that is the reason he has not done extensive touring with Cavalera Conspiracy.[1]


Joe Duplantier has been in two bands with his brother, Mario Duplantier; one being his main project, Gojira, and the other being Empalot.

Some of the lyrical themes of Gojira reflect Duplantier's personal beliefs in preserving the environment.[4][1] He is part of the environmental corporation Sea Shepherd as a result.[5]


  • Jackson SLS Guitar
Amplifiers and cabinets
  • EVH 5150 III amplifier head
  • EVH 5150 III 4x12 Cab
  • Boss TU-2
  • Noise Suppressor
  • Dunlop .88 millimeter tortex picks
  • DiMarzio ClipLock black strap


With Gojira

as Godzilla
  • Victim (demo, 1996)
  • Possessed (demo, 1997)
  • Saturate (demo, 1999)
  • Wisdom Comes (demo, 1999)
as Gojira

With Cavalera Conspiracy

  • Sanctuary (single, 2008)
  • Inflikted (full-length, 2008)

With Empalot

  • Brout (demo, 1999)
  • Tous Aux Cépes (full-length, 2001)
  • En Concert (live, 2004)


  1. ^ a b c Gojira: Some Kind of Monster 2008-10-14. Retrieved on 2009-008-11.
  2. ^ Interview with Joe Duplantier of Gojira 2008-11-10. Retrieved on 2009-08-10
  3. ^ Gojira Interview With Joe Duplantier 2009-07-05. Retrieved on 2009-08-11.
  4. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier: The Official Metalsucks Boner Fest Interview 2009-01-13. Retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  5. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier Orders You to Support Sea Shepherd in the Antarctic 2008-12-09. Retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  6. ^ Gojira - Joe Duplantier Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment 2009. Retrieved on 2009-08-11.

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