GOJIRA’S JOE DUPLANTIER on Slayer ‘I Didn’t Really Like Slayer When I First Heard Them. It Was Too Fast & Too Evil for Me’

The frontman talked to BBC Radio 1 and disclosed his most well hidden secrets. Take a look:

“I remember the first time I heard [Slayer], it was too much for me – it was too fast, too evil… it was too everything; it was too much.

“And I was very intrigued by it. I’m, like, ‘Why is it too much?’ It’s so evil – the notes, the tones, the playing, the drums, the solos, the vocals. There’s something hard to explain about Slayer that makes it so evil.

“So I came back to Slayer years later. When I was 18, 19, I was like, ‘Yeah!’ My teenage years, being into Metallica, I was then into death metal. And then I was ready for Slayer – to go back and listen to Slayer. [1988’s] ‘South of Heaven’ was a big thing for me.”

About “South of Heaven”:

“I was in high school at the time and I had to take the damn bus every morning. Listening to this album, it’s so evil and dark, punk and thrash at the same time.

“It was very helpful for me to face the day. Going to school was torture for me, and listening to Slayer at this moment was very helpful.”

About touring with Slayer back in 2013:

“I learned a lot from Tom [Araya]. I’m very impressed by his charisma and how he communicates – he doesn’t care, he is just himself onstage.

“He doesn’t need to play hard to be metal. He doesn’t need to try. He can just be himself. He’s not scared to talk about love – for example, several times during the shows, he talked about a Slayer show being all about love.”