SLAYER Was "Too Evil" & "Too Fast" for GOJIRA Frontman Joe Duplantier When He First Heard Them
Unless you are lucky enough to be a second-generation metalhead, there was likely a time before metal was your lifestyle, and when exposed to certain heavier bands, you just couldn't hear it.
Such was the case for Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier, who revealed in new interview with BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter that he couldn't get into Slayer the first time he heard them:
"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," he explained. "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," he continued. "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. South Of Heaven was a big thing for me."
Remember when Slayer was the heaviest band you ever listened to? Not taking away anything from Slayer's heaviness, but they do act like more of a gateway band to get into heavier acts, and clearly that was the case for Duplantier.
Maybe if Joe heard the version of "Angel of Death" mashed up with the Benny Hill theme first, he wouldn't think it was so evil.
Make sure to read our interview with Joe from this past summer, where he discusses working on new material.