Guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of the French progressive metallers GOJIRA recently spoke to the UK's Rock Sound magazine about the band's new video for the track "Vacuity".
"The video will be on the frontpage of MySpace in a few days," he said. ''It is a fantastic mind-blowing video. The song is about the Buddhist meaning of the word which is emptiness not nothingness, the ultimate presence. It was very hard to picture that concept in a video so we told the story of a girl carrying her own casket as the whole album is about facing your death and your pain. It seemed fitting."
The video was helmed by French producers Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin of Six Pieds Sous Terre Productions. The location of the shoot was in the Basque country where GOJIRA resides.
Main actress Claire Theodoly has studied theatre for many years and is currently rehearsing a main role in a play called "Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard (Marivaux)" at the Centre Dramatique in Tours (France).
The "Vacuity" clip was shot with a RED Digital Cinema video camera such as the one used in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies. It will debut on October 6.
Check out photos from the video shoot below.
In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Joseph Duplantier stated about the track, "Vacuity. Absence of matter, emptiness, but full of light. Ultimate presence beyond the notions of our world. Vacuity is the source and not just 'nothingness.' We live in a world that goes faster every day and it seems there's a lack of time for each one of us. This song is about taking the time and being closer to the heart."
GOJIRA's new album, "The Way of All Flesh", is scheduled for release on October 13 in Europe via Listenable Records and one day later in the U.S. through Prosthetic Records. The cover artwork (see below) was created by Joe Duplantier, who was also responsible for the artwork for GOJIRA's previous album, 2005's "From Mars to Sirius".
"The Way Of All Flesh" track listing:
02. Toxic Garbage Island
03. A Sight To Behold
04. Yama's Messengers
05. The Silver Cord
06. Adoration For None
07. All The Tears
08. The Art Of Dying
09. Esoteric Surgery
11. Wolf Down The Earth
12. The Way Of All Flesh