Gojira are kings of the simple straightforward riff, the epitome of a band wherein the devil horns are in the details. Two of those details are the best in class drums of Mario Duplantier and very difficult to duplicate pitch-screamed vocals of his brother Joe. So if you’re wondering how the band can create its monolithic soundscape with such minimal fretwork, well, the fretwork isn’t the focus: it’s the backdrop.
So from that vantage point, the real guitar lesson from Joe Duplantier is to remind you to, at times, keep your string pyrotechnics in check. You may have penned the greatest riffs in the world, but riffs alone do not a band make. What about feel, dynamics, atmosphere, and power? I’m sure you can play the guitar parts to “L’Enfant Sauvage,” but can your band, as a whole, pull the song off? Would you be Gojira reincarnate, or bad Gojira cosplay?