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Voivod

Formed: 1982
From: Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Voivod (consisting of singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, drummer Michel Langevin, and bassist Jean-Yves Theriault) was one of the first thrash bands out of Canada to gain popularity outside of their home country. From their beginning in the early '80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristic story lines into their songs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. Voivod opened the way for other Canadian thrash bands and for metal bands with their unique styles of performing and writing.

Such early releases as 1984's "War and Pain" and 1986's "Rrrroooaaarrr!" showed that the quartet was aligned to the then up-and-coming thrash metal movement, eventually letting their prog-rock influences seep in on 1987's "Killing Technology" and 1988's "Dimension Hatross." By the time of their major-label debut for MCA, 1989's "Nothingface," Voivod had perfected their thrash metal/prog rock style, resulting in the most commercially successful release of their career -- spearheaded by a video for their cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" (which enjoyed airings on MTV's Headbangers Ball) and a headlining club tour over a pair of bands that would soon change the landscape of alt-rock by the early '90s, Soundgarden and Faith No More.

But just as it appeared as though Voivod may be able to break through to a wider audience, Theriault left the group right after the release of 1991's "Angel Rat" as the album quickly sunk from sight while the rest of the rock world focused their attention on the burgeoning alt-rock/Seattle movement. "The Outer Limits" followed two years later, which was followed shortly thereafter by Belanger's exit from the band. By the mid-'90s, Voivod's lineup had been scaled down to a trio -- newcomer Eric Forest doubled on vocals and bass, resulting in such releases as 1995's "Negatron" (which was the #1 Aggressive Rock in the United States in the first week of release) and 1997's "Phobos." 2000 saw the release of the odds and ends compilation "Kronik" as well as the live set "Lives." In early 2001, the remaining members decided to call it a day when Forest departed, only to reunite several months later with Belanger back on board and with former Metallica member (and longtime Voivod fan) Jason Newsted filling in on bass.

Latest Voivod News

Below is our complete Voivod news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Voivod Splits With Bassist

Canadian outfit Voivod has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with bass player "Blacky" (Jean-Yves Thériault):

"It saddens us to announce that Voivod will no longer be performing live with Blacky. Jean-Yves has decided to leave the band for his own personal reasons. We wish him all the best. Voivod will carry on."

Voivod released the "Target Earth" album last year, and you can check out a music video from the full-length album below. More...

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Voivod Releases "Kluskap O' Kom" Music Video

Canadian legends Voivod released a new music video for the track "Kluskap O' Kom." The song is taken from the latest album "Target Earth," which is available now via Century Media Records.

The video was created by Nicola Piovesan. check it out here:

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream All Weekend

As previously reported the 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, United Kingdom is streaming now and all weekend long.

To view all the action, head over to the live stream now.

Headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For a schedule of bands, head over to this location. More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream Available

The 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air, scheduled to begin on Thursday August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 11th, will be broadcast live from Derbyshire, U.K. via the live stream at Daily Motion, or by simply bookmarking this page and coming back to watch the entire feed in the player right here:


Live Stream - Bloodstock Festival 2013 by BloodstockFestival

The schedule for bands to be streamed live has not yet been finalized, however, headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For more information, head over to this location. More...

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Voivod Releases "Target Earth" Video

Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have completed a video for their Century Media debut album, "Target Earth."

The video, created by Italian filmmaker and multimedia artist Nicola Piovesan, was created with 3D Motion Graphics using the visions and artwork of Voivod drummer, Away (Michel Langevin). Check out the video below, courtesy of Metalinjection.net.

Here is what Away had to say upon completion of the video: "I met Nicola Piovesan at the Voivod/Unkind show in Helsinki on October 31, 2012. We had a discussion about my 3D Graphics for the album Negatron and Nicola mentioned the possibility of him doing a 3D Motion video for our new album Target Earth. After viewing his fantastic video for THE CORE by the band ON|OFF|MAN, we knew he was the right person to capture the cyber world of Voivod. To us, the result is simply spectacular!" More...

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To Festival Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!

"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.

"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...

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Voivod Posts Music Video Teaser

Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have almost completed work on a video for the title track of Century Media debut album, "Target Earth."

The video, created by Italian filmmaker and multimedia artist, Nicola Piovesan, will recreate in 3D Motion Graphics the visions and artwork of Voivod drummer Away (Michel Langevin). Check out the trailer below. More...

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Gama Bomb Added To Bloodstock Lineup

There’s yet more thrash for Bloodstock with Northern Irish upstarts Gama Bomb landing an opening slot on the Ronnie James Dio mainstage. The band is looking forward to churning up the Catton Park turf, commenting:

“Bloodstock: it’s just like Woodstock, but for heavy metal types, and replacing the love and peace with chips and Carling! And Slayer! Our UK fans have been asking for this for years, and now the dream is real. So pack your tent, back up your arse with bananas and send the word – The G-Bomb are comin’ to Bloodstock!"

The band’s fourth album, "The Terror Tapes," will be released next Monday 22nd April on AFM Records. Check out the new video for "Terrorscope" right here.

British heavy metal standard bearers Beholder also step in to an early mainstage slot on Saturday. Frontman Simon Hall says “For Beholder to actually be asked to do this, without me dropping to my knees and pleading like a bitch is a true acknowledgment of where the band is right now. To be on the best Bloodstock line-up ever is something we’re not going to approach lightly, and on Saturday 10th August, let’s show the rest of the world how true British Metal fans rule all!!”

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Voivod Shooting New Music Video

Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have begun work on a video for the title track off their Century Media debut album, "Target Earth."

The video, created by Italian filmmaker and multimedia artist, Nicola Piovesan, will recreate in 3D Motion Graphics the visions and artwork of Voivod drummer, Away (Michel Langevin). You can check out stills from the work-in-progress video below. For more video stills, visit the band's official Facebook profile here.

The "Target Earth" track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Voivod Streaming Full New Album

On January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod will release their 13th studio album, "Target Earth." The album is among Metalundergroun.com's most anticipated of the year, and now the full release is available online.

To hear the album in its entirety, head over to Loudwire.com right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium), Target Earth features artwork by drummer Away (Michel Langevin), who used color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums to make this new masterpiece. The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991's Angel Rat. It's also the first to feature guitarist Chewy (Daniel Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Piggy's (Denis D'Amour) riffs, and thus has matched his style to a tee. Voivod, as a full group, hadn't sat down to write a record together since 2003's self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group's late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance

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Voivod Streams New Song Online

On January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod will release their 13th studio album, "Target Earth." To hear a new track from the album, head over to Brooklyn Vegan.com for the exclusive stream of "Kluskap O'Kom," or check out the song below.

Recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium), "Target Earth" features artwork by drummer Away, who used color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums to make this new masterpiece. The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991's "Angel Rat." It's also the first to feature guitarist Chewy, who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D'Amour's riffs. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Voivod Posts "Target Earth" Trailer

On January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod will release their 13th studio album, "Target Earth."

In anticipation of this release, the band has now posted a teaser trailer online featuring behind-the-scenes footage, plus an exclusive interview with Away (Michel Langevin) and Chewy (Daniel Mongrain) about the making of the album. Check out the clip below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Voivod Streaming New Album's Title Track

Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have now premiered the title track from their upcoming 13th studio album, "Target Earth," through Metal Sucks.net here.

Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, "Target Earth" was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium). The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Voivod Video Interview Available

A new video interview has been posted online, conducted by www.vinyl-blog.com, with two members of Voivod at Fox theater in Oakland, CA. Check out the interview below, in which Voivod discusses new album "Target Earth."

"Target Earth" is due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America and has the following track listing:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Voivod Reveals "Target Earth" Artwork

Canadian act Voivod has premiered the artwork for the band's 13th studio album, "Target Earth," which can be viewed below. The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band's' previous albums.

Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, "Target Earth" was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium). The album will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl, and a limited edition deluxe box set (details on that to be announced soon).

The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991's "Angel Rat." It's also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Voivod Announces Upcoming Live Shows

Canadian metal pioneers Voivod have released the first single from their upcoming 13th studio album, "Target Earth" (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America), today. "Mechanical Mind" is now available on all digital platforms. The "Mechanical Mind" 7" vinyl will be available exclusively at CM Distro soon (with the Voivod skull etching by the band's own drummer Away as the "b-side"). The 7" will be available in the following colors and quantities:

300 black
100 red
100 blue

To hear "Mechanical Mind," please head over to Pitchfork.com for the track stream.

Voivod has also announced the band's only U.S. appearance this year: on November 17th, the group will support Neurosis in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater. For more event information, click here. Voivod's upcoming tour dates are: More...

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Voivod Streaming New Single

In anticipation of the upcoming 13th studio album, "Target Earth" (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America), Canadian act Voivod will be releasing the album's first single, "Mechanical Mind," as a digital download and as a 7" vinyl on October 8th in Europe and October 9th in North America.

To hear "Mechanical Mind" and to get your first preview of "Target Earth," head over to Pitchfork.com for the exclusive track stream right here. A teaser trailer for the album can also be found below. More...

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Unkind Announces Shows With Voivod

Finnish hardcore heroes Unkind have just announced a slot opening for Voivod during an upcoming European tour this Fall. The tour begins October 8th in Brussels, Belgium and wraps up October 20th in Milan, Italy. A complete listing of dates can be found below. Unkind commented on the upcoming run:

"We're all excited for this tour as we have been listening to Voivod since the eighties and still consider them to be on of the most important metal bands of their era. Their simplistic if still boundary pushing way of creating their sound can definitely be said to be a big influence for us."

Additionally, the band plans to enter the studio later this month to record a sixth full-length and follow up to "Harhakuvat," which was released late 2011. "Harhakuvat," the group's intensely dark hardcore opus and Relapse Records debut, is available for streaming via Bandcamp here. The upcoming Unkind tour dates are as follows: More...

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Voivod Posts Teaser For Upcoming Album

Canada's Voivod has now posted a teaser for the upcoming single, "Mechanical Mind," which is taken from the band's 13th studio album, "Target Earth" (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America).

In addition to being featured on "Target Earth," the track will be available as a digital single and 7" vinyl (with the Voivod skull etching by the band's own drummer Away as the "b-side") on October 8th in Europe and October 9th in North America.

Hear a clip of "Mechanical Mind" and get your first preview of "Target Earth" in the player below. More...

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Voivod Signs With Century Media, New LP January

Legendary Canadian metal act Voivod signed on with Century Media Records, in this, the band's 30th Anniversary. Voivod has been recording its new LP, now officially announced as "Target Earth." The thirteenth studio release will see a January 21, 2013 release through Century Media.

The band commented: "Our goal has been to find a partner for Iron Gang Factory to help get new Voivod music to the world and Century Media, we are proud to say, is the right company to do so globally. We can't wait to release tour and promote 'Target Earth.' ”

Voivod’s 30th anniversary celebrates their career as one of metal’s most influential bands. The handful of live albums, reissues and DVDs that began to surface in the past ten years proved how beloved this band really is, and now comes another album of inspired fresh material that proves Voivod still have many new paths to travel. What band continues to redefine and reinvent themselves 13 studio albums and 30 years into their career? There is only one answer to that question: Voivod.

More information on "Target Earth" is expected soon.

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