Gojira’s Mario Duplantier Says Lars Ulrich Is A Genius As A Drummer


In his recent interview with Louder Sound, Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier talked about the drummers who had a great influence on his successful career as a drummer. He also mentioned Metallica’s iconic drummer Lars Ulrich’s extraordinary and unique skills in playing the drums.

Gojira released their seventh studio album entitled ‘Fortitude’ on April 31, 2021. The album reached the top on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums, Top Rock Albums charts, and UK Rock & Metal Albums chart. Joe Duplantier was on the vocals and rhythm guitar, Christian Andreu was on the lead guitar while Jean-Michel Labadie was on the bass guitar, and Mario Duplantier was on the drums.

‘Fortitude’ received positive criticism from the music authorities and their longtime fans. Mario Duplantier’s performance as a drummer was also appreciated more than before. During a recent interview, Duplantier revealed the drummers who inspired him the most at the beginning of his professional musical career. Korn’s David Silveria and Deftones’ Abe Cunningham were some of the musicians that influenced Mario.

Apart from them, apparently, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has a very special place and a great influence on Duplantier. Mario recalled the times when he discovered his dream job and the purpose of his life. He stated that he decided to be a drummer when he listened to Metallica’s ‘Live Shit: Binge & Purge.’ While emphasizing the impact of Metallica on his career, Duplantier defined Ulrich as the best drummer in the world.

Here’s what Mario Duplantier stated in the interview:

Lars Ulrich was probably the first drummer that really made me pay attention. I was maybe ten or eleven years old and my brother had received the Metallica ‘Live Shit: Binge & Purge’ video boxset for Christmas.

We sat and started watching it and I couldn’t take my eyes off of Lars; the way he was playing, the color of the drum-heads, the movement… it was all so badass. Right away I was telling my brother who is Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier, ‘That drummer is the best in the world!’ That was when I decided I wanted to play drums.

Lars is a genius; if you listen to the first five Metallica albums, the drumming is so special, particularly the way he writes those patterns. Even now I think he’s the best showman drummer in the world. It’s not about the tempo or technicality – it’s something else. Nobody could imagine Metallica with another drummer.

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier drew attention to Ulrich’s unmatchable drumming skills. He pointed out the first five albums of Metallica to comprehend the iconic drummer’s way of playing the drums. According to Dunplantier, along with his greatest talent as a drummer, Ulrich is also a very successful showman as can be seen in the live performances of Metallica.