Mario Duplantier

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Mario Duplantier
Gojira, Mario Duplantier at Wacken Open Air 2013.jpg
Duplantier in 2013
Background information
Born (1981-06-19) June 19, 1981 (age 35)
Genres Progressive metal, technical death metal, groove metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Gabriel Editions, Boycott, Next Music, Listenable, Prosthetic, Roadrunner
Associated acts Gojira, Empalot

Mario Duplantier (born June 19, 1981) is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer for progressive metal band Gojira.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mario Duplantier grew up in a family where arts played a significant role. He developed his drawing, painting, and music skills in an environment of freedom and creativity. In 1996, Duplantier and his brother, Joe Duplantier, formed the band Gojira (formerly known as "Godzilla").


Mario Duplantier is known for his technical and rhythmic heavy precision drumming with extended double-bass blasts, mid-tempo rock power grooves, precision tom fills, jazzy drum breaks, and blast beats. Gojira's live show often features his drum solos as part of the set. Occasionally, Mario plays guitar during live shows when he and his brother, Joe, switch places.[2]

He was crowned as the best drummer of modern metal by MetalSucks in April 2012.[3]


Duplantier endorses Tama and Zildjian cymbals.

  • Drums – Tama Superstar Custom, Custom Charcoal (CCC)[4]
    • 18"x22" Bass Drum (SLB22E)
    • 18"x22" Bass Drum (SLB22E)
    • 5.5"x14" Snare Drum (SLS55)
    • 10"x13" Tom Tom (SLT13A)
    • 11"x14" Tom Tom (SLT14A)
    • 16"x16" Floor Tom (SLT16A)
    • 5.5"x14" Snare Drum (SLS55)
    • 5.5"x14" Snare Drum (SLS55)
  • Cymbals – Zildjian[5][6]
    • 13" A Custom Hi-Hats
    • 21" Z Custom Mega Bell Ride
    • 18" A Custom Projection Crash (×2)
    • 10" A Custom Splash
    • 19" Z3 Ultra Hammered China
    • 21" Z3 Ultra Hammered China
  • Other
    • Tama Mario Duplantier Signature Sticks[7]



Main article: Gojira discography