Joe Duplantier

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Joseph Duplantier
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Joe Duplantier at Helfest 2013.
Background information
Born (1976-10-19) October 19, 1976 (age 38)
Genres Thrash metal, groove metal, progressive metal, death metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1996–present
Labels Gabriel Editions
Boycott Records
Next Music
Listenable Records
Prosthetic Records
Roadrunner Records
Associated acts Cavalera Conspiracy

Joseph Duplantier (born October 19, 1976) is a French musician who is the guitarist and vocalist of Gojira and was the bassist for Cavalera Conspiracy.


Joe Duplantier's influences include bands such as Meshuggah, Metallica, Morbid Angel, Sepultura[1] and Slayer.[2]

He was also in a band called Empalot from 1999 to 2004.[3]

Max Cavalera and Igor Cavalera initially asked Jean-Michel Labadie, bassist of Gojira, to do bass duties for their band, Cavalera Conspiracy; however, Labadie was busy with prior commitments, including Gojira. Instead, Joe Duplantier ended up being the band's bassist.[4] Joe Duplantier has stated that Gojira is his main priority and that is the reason he has not done extensive touring with Cavalera Conspiracy.[1] In 2008, Joe was replaced by Johny Chow on bass duties for Cavalera Conspiracy. Duplantier did not appear in the band's second album, Blunt Force Trauma.

He owns the Silver Cord Studio, a recording studio situated in New York, which he designed himself.[5]


Joe Duplantier has been in two bands with his brother, Mario Duplantier; one being his main project, Gojira, and the other being Empalot.

Some of the lyrical themes of Gojira reflect Duplantier's personal beliefs in preserving the environment.[6][1] He is part of the environmental corporation Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[7]



  • Charvel USA Joe Duplantier San Dimas Style 2 (2013–present)
  • Charvel USA Skatecaster (2012–present)
  • Jackson SLS Guitar
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Gibson Flying V Gothic (seen during Sonisphere Festival in Amneville, France)
  • Jackson Dominion (seen on some videos of Gojira's American 2012 tour)
  • MeloDuende Komet AK (seen during lives in France and Canada)
Amplifiers and Cabinets
  • EVH 5150 III amplifier head
  • EVH 5150 III 4x12 Cab
  • Boss TU-2
  • Noise Suppressor
  • Dunlop .88 millimeter tortex picks
  • DiMarzio ClipLock black strap


With Gojira[edit]

as Godzilla
as Gojira

With Cavalera Conspiracy[edit]

  • Sanctuary (single, 2008)
  • Inflikted (full-length, 2008)

With Empalot[edit]

As a guest or session musician[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gojira: Some Kind of Monster 2008-10-14. Retrieved on 2009-008-11.
  2. ^ "Slayer Stories from Pantera, Slash, Slipknot, Korn, Rob Zombie, Johnny Knoxville, Deftones, Gojira, and more". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Interview with Joe Duplantier of Gojira 2008-11-10. Retrieved on 2009-08-10
  4. ^ Gojira Interview With Joe Duplantier 2009-07-05. Retrieved on 2009-08-11.
  5. ^ "SILVER CORD Studio - Constructing SILVER CORD STUDIO". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  6. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier: The Official Metalsucks Boner Fest Interview 2009-01-13. Retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  7. ^ Gojira's Joe Duplantier Orders You to Support Sea Shepherd in the Antarctic 2008-12-09. Retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  8. ^ Gojira - Joe Duplantier Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment 2009. Retrieved on 2009-08-11.
  9. ^ Greg Kennelty. "GOJIRA Frontman's Appearance On A TREPALIUM Song Is Just Perfect - Metal Injection". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2015-02-12.