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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.
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Watch Carcass guitarist Bill Steer below, rejoining his former band Napalm Death for the first time since 1988 to perform the classic ND track "Deceiver". The track originally appeared on the B-side of Napalm Death's debut album "Scum", which was released in July 1987 via Earache.
Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod are currently touring Europe. Check out all remaining dates of the European "Deathcrusher Tour 2015" below: More...
Every once in a while, a tour comes along with a lineup that's more or less impossible to ignore. This year, Europe is being treated to a veritable wet dream of extremity, as two of death metal's most revered bands, Carcass and Obituary, are teaming up with grindcore godfathers Napalm Death and Canadian progressive thrashers, Voivod, as well as Swiss act, Herod, to give headbangers the Deathcrusher tour. As if to get the grey island out of the way first, the trek began this past week in the United Kingdom and this reporter was lucky enough to witness the event in Bristol, at a venue called The Motion.
Opening the show was Herod, a progressive sludge metal band from Vevey in Switzerland, who released their debut album, "They Were None" last year. Although they didn't feel out of place as such on this bill, opening such an exciting lineup with sludge didn't seem like a particularly good idea and as a result, Herod came across as a boring start that created the sentiment opening bands dread; the old, "Let's just get this over with so we can watch what we came for," vibe. They received a relatively warm response from the crowd however, who it must be said of Bristol audiences, are usually supportive of unknown or new bands. Whatever the case, with a dull stage presence and uninteresting repertoire, Herod will need to wait until their next album before they seriously impress any passing punters. More...
Obituary is gearing up for it's European Death Crusher Tour with Carcass, Napalm Death and Voivod starting this Friday in Wolverhampton, UK.
Asks Obituary on the band's Facebook page: "Are you ready for the RedNeck Stomp?"
Check out all dates below: More...
After having just supported Faith No More on a U.S. run, and in addition to the previously revealed European dates for the "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, Napalm Death will continue touring by joining up with Carcass, Obituary, Voivod as well as Herod on a string of U.K. and Ireland dates of the "Deathcrusher Tour."
An announcement from Napalm Death about the tour can be seen in the video below, while a full list of upcoming dates is available after the jump.
Following a return to European stages in May, the Canadian progressive metal pioneers from Voivod are confirmed to return to Europe in October as part of the heavyweight "Deathcrusher 2015" tour alongside Carcass, Obituary, Herod, and label mates Napalm Death.
Voivod's drummer Michel "Away" Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: "We are proud to be part of this crazy line-up and psyched to go back to Europe again this year. What a thrill to meet all our friends once more and share the stage with our partners in metal."
And just in time for this tour package and as further teaser for a next studio album, the follow-up to 2013's "Target Earth release," Voivod will release a special and limited split 7" EP together with Napalm Death. Look out for more details about this project very soon! See Voivod live on these dates: More...
British Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th and much-praised studio album release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" and have recently announced their participation on what will be one of the heaviest tour packages of the year: The "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, which sees NAPALM DEATH and label mates VOIVOD join up with headliners Carcass, Obituary as well as Herod all throughout November in Europe. Here are the dates revealed so far:
"Deathcrusher Tour 2015"
Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Rage Wear, Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin & Big Cheese
01.11. Gent (Belgium) - De Vooruit
02.11. Köln (Germany) - Live Music Hall
03.11. Geneva (Switzerland) - L'Usine
04.11. Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
05.11. Prague (Czech Republic) - Folimanka Hall
06.11. Magdeburg (Germany) - Factory
08.11. Gothenburg (Sweden) - Tradgar'n
09.11. Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan
11.11. Gdansk (Poland) - B90
12.11. Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
13.11. Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
15.11. Vienna (Austria) - Simm City
16.11. Munich (Germany) - Kesselhaus
17.11. Bologna (Italy) - Estragon Club
18.11. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
19.11. Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof
21.11. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Speedfest
26.11. Madrid (Spain) - Sala Riviera
27.11. Lisboa (Portugal) - Cine Teatro Corrois
28.11. Bilbao (Spain) - Sala Santana 27
29.11. Barcelona (Spain) - Sala Razzmatazz
More dates to be announced soon...
NAPALM DEATH's Shane Embury comments as follows:
"It goes without saying that we are really looking forward to the upcoming "Deathcrusher Tour". The Musical history and relevance between all 4 of the bands truly speaks for itself I think - It's heartwarming to be a part of it.
All of the bands involved in this tour have been great friends for what I guess is a lifetime now - we have played together on many separate occasions before BUT this tour! This tour is something very special, I mean come on...VOIVOD, NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY & CARCASS are you kidding? All on the same bill night after night?? This is the A to Z of heavy, grinding, progressive, crushing riffs in one insane package!
I expect to see nothing less than savage mosh pit mayhem every evening....this is one tour nobody should miss..." More...
Having just wrapped up some touring in Asia, Scandinavia as well as through Spain, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates will soon be back on the road again in support of their much acclaimed comeback studio album and Century Media Records debut, "At War With Reality" (see our review here). First up, the band will embark on the Decibel Magazine Tour together with Converge, Pallbearer and label-mates Vallenfyre across North America, starting March 27th.
To coincide with the start of the tour, At The Gates will release a very special split 7" EP together with label-mates Voivod on April 6th through Century Media Records. The 7" EP will feature the At The Gates bonus track "Language Of The Dead," a previously unreleased track recorded during the "At War With Reality" sessions (previously unreleased on vinyl!), while Voivod contributes the new song "We Are Connected." The EP is "Double A-Sided" (meaning, each band has their own, reversible front-cover side!) and comes with artwork created for both bands by Voivod's Michel "Away" Langevin.
The 7" EP will be available in the following limited worldwide editions:
--1,000x copies black vinyl
--500x copies white vinyl
--500x copies transparent red vinyl
Voivod is streaming a new two-camera live video performing the song "Tribal Convictions" on February 20 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California. Check it out below.
The band is currently on a North American tour in support of the new album titled "Target Earth". Together with label mates Napalm Death they will be playing on the following remaining dates:
25.02.2015 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ##
26.02.2015 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater ##
27.02.2015 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey ##
28.02.2015 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's ##
* = Ringworm, ** = Dayglo Abortions, # = Theories, ## = Phobia
Voivod European dates:
Thu 28.05.15 Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy
Fri 29.05.15 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
Sun 31.05.15 Temples Festival, Bristol, UK
Multi-camera live video footage of Canadian metal veterans Voivod performing their new song "We Are Connected" on February 6 at Club Soda in Montreal, Canada can be seen below.
The band is currently on a North American tour in support of the new album titled "Target Earth". Together with label mates Napalm Death they still will be playing on the following remaining dates: More...
Voivod recently recorded a new song for a split 7" vinyl release with label mates At The Gates. The collectors item will be available in stores April 7th and you can check out the song "We Are Connected" at Spotify or in the player below.
The band will also set out on a North American tour tonight with label mates Napalm Death, in support of the "Target Earth" album. Dates are as follows: More...
Napalm Death and Voivod will join forces at the end of January for a North American Tour aptly titled "Through Space And Grind."
Napalm Death is set to release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" on January 27 right after returning from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and the night the Through Space And Grind tour starts. The band comments:
"As a celebration of both the unconventional and more straight-out methods of musical attack, I think this tour line-up really hits home. To think that 30 years ago I was marveling at the savage eccentricities of 'War and Pain' and now I'm sharing stage / living space with Snake, Away and co...surreal, almost. From Napalm's perspective, we'll bring the overdrive to the spaciness - it's all going to rage whichever way you slice it."
Voivod released latest album "Target Earth" in 2013 and took a brief hiatus, now back with a new bass player and healthy vocal chords. Voivod had this to say:
"I am psyched to tour North America with Napalm Death, for which i always had a huge respect. We crossed path over the years and finally we'll get to unite Voivod's spacy Thrash Metal with Napalm's Grindcore. A perfect combination!!" More...
The festival was able to condense four hours down to one but the first day of HHFF started an hour late. I didn’t expect to see any of Evil United since they were suppose to have ended at 12:30, but my 1:15 arrival time allowed me to catch a couple of songs from the Austin-based band. Evil United may be local, but the group consists of veterans such as Jason McMaster—who was well known in the eighties as front man for Dangerous Toys and Watchtower. In addition to Evil United, he now sings in Ignitor and Broken Teeth. McMaster’s voice soared through the parking lot that comprised Midway’s stage, Evil U was the sole representative of classic heavy metal at the festival. More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...
Ever wonder what it would be like to be held hostage in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre house and break bread with the craziest family in horror history? Have you always dreamed of eating in the same room as Leatherface?! Well, the fiendish ghouls from the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival would love to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to make your nightmare a reality!
On Saturday, October 25th, for the first time in 40 years, the entire cast of TXCM will return to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, 90 minutes outside of Austin,to spend an afternoon at the actual Texas Chain Saw Massacre house. In addition, they will be joined by the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2,as well as HHFF co-founders heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell. More...
We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:
"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.
"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.
The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.
Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...
1349 is streaming a cover of Voivod's "Tornado" as part of Decibel Magazine's flexi disc series, and you can now hear the track at SoundCloud here.
The band will also release new album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" on September 30th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
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...
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:
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...