Slayer, 2016
[Photo by: Martin Jausller]

Gojira frontman had a hard time getting into Slayer at first. Joe Duplantier says he thought the band’s music was “too much” for him.

Obviously, his feelings changed and the bands even toured together, but his first impression was not what one would expect.

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Duplantier revealed during a interview on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter (via Blabbermouth) that he didn’t get into Slayer right away when he was first exposed to their music.

“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 explains. “And I was very intrigued by it.”

“It’s so evil—the notes, the tones, the playing, the drums, the solos, the vocals,” he continues.

A few years later, the musician gave the metal band another try and, this time, it worked. Duplantier shares he was about 18 or 19 when he became ready for that “evil” music.

“I was then into death metal. And then I was ready for Slayer,” he says. “To go back and listen to Slayer.”

The first record he listened to was 1988’s “South Of Heaven,” which the frontman says was really important for him that the time.

“I was in high school at the time and I had to take the damn bus every morning,” he reveals. “Listening to this album, it’s so evil and dark, punk and thrash at the same time. It was very helpful for me to face the day.”

Slayer tour dates

Slayer are currently on the European leg of their final world tour. The run goes on until December, with a few select dates in 2019.

U.K. dates

11/07 – Birmingham, England @ Birmingham BCA
11/09 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
11/10 – Newcastle, England @ Metro Radio Arena
11/12 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Hydro SSE

European dates

11/14 – Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle 1
11/15 – Zwolle, Netherlands @ IJsselHal
11/17 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Vistalegere
11/18 – Barcelona, Spain @ St. Jordi
11/20 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
11/21 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Halle 622
11/23 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadhalle
11/24 – Freiburg, Germany @ Sick Arena
11/26 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
11/27 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
11/29 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
11/30 – Erfurt, Germany @ Messehalle

12/02 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
12/03 – Copenhagen Denmark @ Royal Arena
12/05 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Hovert
12/06 – Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum Arena
12/08 – Helsinki, Finland @ Helsinki Ice Hall

06/23/19 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest Open Air