DEAD LABEL land support slot for GOJIRA (Belfast & Dublin)…!!! Posted: 16/04/2015 by John O'Brien
‘GOJIRA’ w/DEAD LABEL
LIVE AT THE LIMELIGHT 1
27TH August 2015
Tickets on sale now…
‘GOJIRA’ w/DEAD LABEL
LIVE AT ACADEMY
28TH August 2015
Tickets on sale now…
Fair play to Celbridge Groove/Death Metallers DEAD LABEL, who have only gone and landed themselves the support slot for the upcoming GOJIRA shows in the Limelight 1, Belfast on the 27th August and in the Academy, Dublin on the 28th August 2015. Adding another notch to their already impressive list of bands they’ve had the honour of playing with.
Formed in the Autumn of 2008, DEAD LABEL are a three piece contemporary Metal band from Celbridge in Ireland. The name “DEAD LABEL” comes from a song the band penned regarding the tragic murder of young Rock fan Sophie Lancaster who was the victim of a senseless act of violence simply because of the way she chose to dress. The band felt that the name DEAD LABEL is effective in conveying the message that there is no label within metal. DEAD LABEL is just metal, pure and simple! Having recorded their self titled EP in 2010, DEAD LABEL began their journey as a professional touring band, playing shows all over Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
DEAD LABEL were clocking up a considerable amount of headlining club shows across Europe as well as festival appearances at Japan’s Rocktoberfest, Estella Beer Rock Fest (Spain), Vandal Fest and Made Of Metal Fest (Czech Republic) and Gothoom Festival (Slovakia). The beginning of 2014 saw the band writing for their sophomore album “Throne Of Bones”, which was recorded in East West Studios on Sunset Blvd in late September with acclaimed producer Chris Rakestraw (MEGADETH, DANZIG, SOULFLY, DEFTONES and more).
On its fifth album and first for Roadrunner Records, L’Enfant Sauvage, French heavy metal goliaths Gojira certainly ask their fair share of questions. The title, which literally means “The wild child,” connotes a big question for singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe Duplantier.
“When you become a musician, you don’t have a boss telling you what to do so you have to be very responsible,” he affirms. “With freedom comes responsibility so I’m asking myself, ‘What is freedom? What does it mean to me?’ L’Enfant Sauvage reflects on that. There’s no answer though. There’s just life and questions.”
Joe began asking those questions in 2010 when he commenced writing the album. Gojira had enjoyed a veritable hot streak. After four critically acclaimed independent albums since 2001, the group—Joe, his brother Mario Duplantier [drums], Christian Andreu [guitar], Jean-Michel Labadie [bass]—had become embraced worldwide.
Metallica handpicked them to open North American and European tours. Lamb of God also took them out on the road, and frontman D. Randall Blythe guested on “Adoration for None.” Meanwhile, Joe was invited by the legendary Max Cavalera to handle four-string duties on Cavalera Conspiracy’s debut, Inflikted. They also released a high-profile track benefitting non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization, Sea Shepherd. However, after touring for nearly two years in support of 2008’s The Way of All Flesh, the quartet found itself at a crossroads.
“There’s a lot of intensity on this record,” exclaims Joe. “We have a lot of fire in our minds and bodies, and we need to evacuate it through music. We don’t want to burn people with this fire though. We want to make them bang their heads. It’s about sculpting this raw energy into something positive.”
The group’s heavy edge remains brutally intact. In some ways, they’re fiercer than ever. Yet, Joe has taken time to focus on different lyrical topics especially on the record’s first single and title track.
He adds, “I’m at a time in my life where I’m wondering about things differently than I did when I was a teenager. Previously, Gojira albums would talk extensively about the universe, the mysteries of Life in general and the destiny of mankind as a whole. L’Enfant Sauvage is closer to my condition in society. I’m not wondering what the species is doing, but what I’m doing. I’m trying to stay a free spirit.”
Roadrunner Records has proved to be the perfect home for the French outfit, and together they’re going to make an even deeper imprint on metal.
“The music didn’t change at all,” he assures the group’s faithful. “We would’ve released the exact same record if we were still independent. I want to say that and get it out of the way. Roadrunner has such an incredible legacy and aura. When I was a teenager, I’d buy a record just because it had the Roadrunner logo on it. I’m a huge fan of so many artists the label launched like Death, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Machine Head…”