Gojira drummer and co-founding member of the band, Mario Duplantier, was recently interviewed by Rock Hard Greece last week and shared how Metallica inspired him since he was a child and talked about the impact of Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield.

As you may follow Gojira, the France-based heavy metal band released their latest ever studio album named ‘Fortitude’ through Roadrunner Records last month. The album features eleven never-released-before tracks including three additional tracks for the Japanese Edition and got excellent ratings from professional reviewers.

In his latest interview with Rock Hard Greece, Gojira drummer was asked to react to Kirk Hammet’s thoughts that their 2016 album ‘Magma’ is an incredible piece of art and Hetfield’s saying Gojira is good and heavy. Gojira likened these comments to going to school and getting compliments from your teacher.

Here is what he said:

“It feels great. It feels amazing. It’s almost like when you go to school and your teacher is congratulating you, ‘You did a great job. You have a good note.’

It’s almost like Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield were my teachers, in a way. I just watched so many videos of them, analyzing every detail. They are geniuses, you know? And the reason why I’m playing metal in my life is ’cause of them. So having the recognition is something mind-blowing, I would say.

But it’s also a lot of work. We’ve been a band for 25 years, so I would say we didn’t steal it. We did a lot of sacrifice. And believe me, when you grew up in France, in the south side, in the countryside, it’s a tough idea, it’s almost a dangerous idea to just start a band as your main job, et cetera et cetera.”

You can watch the whole interview below.