Mario Duplantier – Lars Ulrich is the “best showman drummer”
The Gojira members have never shied away from expressing their love and respect for Metallica, especially drummer Mario Duplantier, who named Lars Ulrich the “World’s Best Showman Drummer”.
By discussing the 10 drummers who influenced him the most with Metal hammer, Duplantier admitted that Ulrich was the first one who really sparked his interest in drums.
“I was maybe 10 or 11 years old and my brother had received the Metallica Live shit: binge and purge video box for Christmas. We were sitting watching him and I couldn’t take my eyes off Lars – the way he played, the color of the drumheads, the movement… everything was so badass, ”he recalls.
The young Duplantier then dubbed the Metallica drummer the best in the world and decided he wanted to try playing the instrument himself. Although he has become an incredible metal drummer since then, his feelings towards Ulrich have not changed.
“Lars is a genius,” he continued. “If you listen to Metallica’s first five albums, the drums are so special, especially the way he writes those patterns. Even now, I think he’s the best showman drummer in the world. a matter of tempo or technicality – that’s another thing, no one could imagine Metallica with another drummer.
Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier is also a huge fan of Metallica, and even told Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez that he believed he owed his career to the legendary thrash band.
“I was so in love with their music when I was a teenager,” he said. “They really inspired me so much, helped me get through high school [and] finally got me started on what has become my life today – my musical journey. “