Everyone has their personal set of standards that define what makes a band important within the music scene. Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy has shared that one of their new songs "Native Son" was inspired by Gojira — whom the frontman considers the most important metal band right now.

"Native Son" is a track from Alter Bridge's sixth studio album Walk the Sky, which was just released on Oct. 18. Kennedy spoke about the song with Sweden's RockSverige, adding that he had been indulging in Gojira's catalog around the time he wrote the riff for it.

"I think that they're, in my opinion, the most important metal band out there right now," the vocalist said. "They're moving the needle as far as newer bands go — bands within the last two decades. They blow my mind. And the cool thing about Gojira is that they're also incredibly cool guys, for as talented as they are. They're really just stand-up, great individuals, so I'm definitely rooting for them. They're special."

Kennedy continued to point out the uniqueness of Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier's guitar style, praising that he doesn't employ "cookie-cutter metal riffs," and that drummer Mario Duplantier is 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. I mean, I could just go on and on. There are just so many elements, and the visual elements are great too. Their production is amazing, and they've just got all the boxes checked. They're really a groundbreaking band and they're going to be around for a long time," Kennedy concluded.

Alter Bridge's tour in support of Walk the Sky continues next month in Europe, kicking off in Frederiksberg, Sweden. See all the dates here.

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