French metallers Gojira made their way back to NYC for the second time in less than a year after the success of their Magma tour, this time playing the still-new Brooklyn Steel in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, far away from the bright lights of Manhattan and Terminal 5, which hosted their previous stop on closing night in December 2016, to kick off another North American leg of the band’s Magma tour in the place the band calls their second time. Guitarist and lead singer Joe Duplantier lives in Brooklyn with his family and the band owns Silverchord Studio in Bushwick, so it’s no surprise Gojira chose to kick off a new North American tour at Brooklyn Steel, the old steel mill turned bi-level concert venue just about 2 weeks after the band played a show in their native France, which followed a previous North American run. It’s an oddly-constructed tour to say the least, but having Gojira back in NYC matters more than how they manage to get here.
Gojira are still kicking off shows with the same trio of songs that were featured on closing night last year, Only Pain, The Heaviest Matter of the Universe and Silvera, and last most nights, fans were treated to an incredible drum solo by the other Duplantier, who would also step down from his jump seat a bit later to play guitar on an improvised jam session. Gojira has some great tunes of their own, but the highlight of the night had to be the encore, which saw the band play parts of a trio of Metallica covers – Enter Sandman, Sad But True, and Seek & Destroy, along with a cover of Sepultura‘s Territory.
The rest of the setlist had no shortage of Gojira’s hits, including The Cell, Terra Inc, L’Enfant Sauvage, Toxic Garbage Island and Vacuity among many others, and you can find the full setlist at the bottom. I wasn’t expecting another US tour from Gojira so soon, but the fact that they can do this a second time in really the span of a few months speaks volumes to how successful the Magma album has been. It’s been a great year for the band, and the success they’ve found over the years is something not every band gets to experience when making the jump from the European metal scene to the States where Gojira’s brand of music isn’t even half as popular as it is back home.
Only so many bands get to come to North America multiple times in a year for their own headline tours, and with Gojira having festival dates lined up – including Rock Allegiance in the Philly area next weekend – it doesn’t seem like they’re in any hurry to slow down on this side of the globe. That’s good news for their fans over here, because they’ve been absolutely stellar the two times I’ve seen them. Check out the gallery and setlist below.
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
The Shooting Star
Toxic Garbage Island
Enter Sandman / Sad But True / Seek & Destroy