February 17, 2021

Two times Grammy® nominated band Gojira have announced details of their long-awaited new album, FORTITUDE, which will be released April 30th via Roadrunner Records – album artwork/track list below. Today, the band has shared the forthcoming album’s first single, Born For One Thing, which is available on all streaming platforms and accompanied by a Charles De Meyer directed official music video shot in France and Belgium. Available in multiple formats for pre-order today, FORTITUDE stands out as Gojira‘s first album in five years and the follow-up to 2016’s Grammy® nominated LP MAGMA.

As if shedding skin and baring armour in its place, Born For One Thing represents a natural evolution for the acclaimed French band: hyper-focused but unhinged, confrontational and yet compassionate. We have to practice detaching ourselves from everything, beginning with actual things,” vocalist / guitarist Joe Duplantier says of the song’s anti-consumerist message, which was partially inspired by the Tibetan and Thai philosophers he read in his youth back in France. “Own less possessions, and give what you don’t need away, because one day we’ll have to let everything go, and if we don’t, we’ll just become ghosts stuck between dimensions.”

Recorded and Produced by Joe Duplantier at Silver Cord Studio – Gojira‘s Ridgewood, Queens, headquarters – and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine), FORTITUDE is a collection of songs urging humanity to imagine a new world—and then make it happen. The band initially laid the foundation for FORTITUDE last year with the surprise release of the 2020 single Another World. NPR hailed the track as “an apocalyptic banger,” while STEREOGUM declared, “Gojira are one of this century’s most important underground metal institutions.” Voted by fans as the #1 release on REVOLVER‘s “5 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021,” FORTITUDE continues Gojira‘s career-long tradition of harnessing their music as a vehicle for environmental activism with songs like Amazonia and The Chant not only surveying critical cases, but also catalysing listeners to take action.

On 2016’s MAGMAGojira found strength—and crossover success—through a singular commitment to self-reflection. The intensely personal record, penned in memory of the Duplantier brothers’ late mother, was a painful significant turning point for the French group. The album earned the band two GRAMMY® nominations – ‘Best Metal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Album,’ and upon release, MAGMA took the #1 spot on BILLBOARD‘s ‘Hard Rock Albums’ chart, a first for a French band. MAGMA also asserted itself as one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016, earning METAL HAMMER‘s coveted “Album of the Year” title while also landing on ROLLING STONE‘s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016,” and CONSEQUENCE OF SOUNDS‘s “Top 50 Albums of 2016” / “Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016” lists.

Fortitude track list

  1. Born For One Thing
  2. Amazonia
  3. Another World
  4. Hold On
  5. New Found
  6. Fortitude
  7. The Chant
  8. Sphinx
  9. Into The Storm
  10. The Trails
  11. Grind

2021 Tour Dates

  • August 12 ­– Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
  • August 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
  • August 15 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
  • August 17 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
  • August 19 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ RBC Echo Beach
  • August 20 – Laval, QC, Canada @ Place Bell
  • August 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
  • August 23 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
  • August 24 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
  • August 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
  • August 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
  • August 29 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
  • August 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • September 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Amphitheater at White River State Park
  • September 3 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
  • September 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
  • September 6 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
  • September 7 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
  • September 8 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
  • September 10 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • September 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
  • September 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
  • September 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • September 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • September 21 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater
  • September 22 – Portland, OR @ Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center