Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy has praised French metal band Gojira in a recent interview with Swedish rock magazine Rock Sverige.
Kennedy discussed how the song Native Son, from Alter Bridge’s latest record Walk the Sky owes a lot to the band: “When I wrote that riff, I had certainly been listening to a lot of Gojira, so it was something that I could see was totally rubbing off on what I was feeling at the moment. I think that they’re, in my opinion, the most important metal band out there right now. They’re moving the needle as far as newer bands go… bands within the last two decades.”
The singer and guitarist noted that the band lock their hefty guitar parts together with the complex rhythms of drummer Mario Duplantier: “It’s not just pure cookie-cutter metal riffs. To me, it’s not Status Quo. They’re trying to do something unique between the way Joe [Duplantier] approaches things with his guitar parts and his brother, who’s a genius drummer… I think a lot of the rhythms that take place under a lot of the riffs really help establish their sound and that’s part of what makes them so unique.”
Kennedy was also asked about his musical relationship with Alter Bridge’s other guitarist Mark Tremonti, which he said has developed as the years have gone on, saying: “guitar is probably my first love. I really enjoy singing, but I started off as a guitar player, so I definitely get off on that. It’s cool. We’ve rubbed off on one another as players over the years as writers and what we’ve got, as far as a team goes, is a real healthy thing.”
Walk the Sky was released on 18 October this year. Alter Bridge recently finished a tour, co-headlining with Skillet. Gojira also recently teased their return to the studio, working on the follow up to 2016’s Magma.