DEFTONES vocalist Chino Moreno hopped on stage with GOJIRA last night (Saturday, May 28) during the two bands’ co-headlining concert at the Amory in Minneapolis, Minnesota to bang out a killer rendition of SEPULTURA‘s “Territory”.
You can check out fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.
GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier discussed SEPULTURA‘s direct influence on his band in a interview which took place in April of last year with Cuartel Del Metal, saying: “SEPULTURA is massive in the history of our band, for some reason. I discovered ‘Arise‘ first, and I was pretty blown away — it was so dark and so fast and so technical. It was right after I discovered the band DEATH and MORBID ANGEL, and then SEPULTURA. And I was absolutely blown away by their craft. And then, I had a few bands in high school, and I started to get together with my brother. We were playing at home, sometimes after school, and then we decided to form our own band. We dropped our other bands, got together, and ‘Chaos A.D.‘ came along. And we were absolutely blown away — absolutely blown away. And [it was] easy to play too — it’s simple riffs. They stripped down everything to the core… I mean, oh my God. They said it all with this album.”
Touching on how people constantly compare GOJIRA‘s song “Amazonia” to SEPULTURA, Joseph said: “I go, ‘Yup.’ And it’s a compliment, and there is no shame here. And we ripped them off, but we didn’t do it on purpose. But we realized it right after. We were, like, ‘Oh, that sounds like SEPULTURA. Ahhh, whatever.’ It’s a tribute to SEPULTURA — how about that? It’s about Brazil. It’s about the Amazon. It’s tribal.”
“Amazonia” is off GOJIRA‘s latest album, “Fortitude“, which came out in April 2021 via Roadrunner Records.