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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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Australia's King Parrot will return to North America next month supporting Voivod on a month-long live takeover. The band's latest infiltration will commence on May 19th in Dallas, Texas and run through June 26th in Quebec City.
Additional support will be provided by labelmates, Child Bite. King Parrot will also play a host of one off shows with Child Bite and Psycroptic on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.
Comments vocalist Matt Young: "It's been a busy year for King Parrot so far and we're excited to be coming back to North America for what is shaping up to be a massive tour with metal legends Voivod and our dear friends and fellow nutters, Child Bite. I love what this tour package offers: it's one of the most diverse lineups I've seen in recent times, and I know all three bands are in great form right now.
"We are currently touring in Australia, and previous to that we just got back from Europe with Soulfly where we performed thirty-six shows over six weeks in eighteen countries. Obviously we love being out on the road and when the opportunity to tour with childhood hero's Voivod came about, then we couldn't pass it up. We're looking forward to seeing all our friends out on the road in the US and Canada real soon!" More...
In continued support of the release of mini-CD "Post Society," Canadian progressive sci-fi metal group Voivod has announced new dates for North American tour for May / June. A run of European shows for August / September is also in the works.
Voivod's drummer Michel "Away" Langevin checked in with the following comment on the upcoming band activities: "After an exciting North American East Coast tour with Vektor, Eight Bells and Black Fast, we are thrilled to tour the West Coast of USA and across Canada with King Parrot and Child Bite. We have updated the set list, so be ready for a few classics mixed with new songs from the 'Post Society' EP. In the meantime, well...we're still working hard on the next album!!!" More...
Legendary avant-garde thrash act Voivod is streaming the new track "Post Society." The song is the title track to the upcoming new EP expected to drop on February 26th via Century Media Records.
The EP contains five studio tracks, including the previously vinyl-only songs from split 7" releases with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs, and a Hawkwind cover ("Silver Machine").
The track list is:
1. Post Society
2. Forever Mountain
4. We Are Connected
5. Silver Machine (Hawkwind Cover)
Check out "Post Society" here: More...
This March, the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan will play host to the annual Berserker Music Fest.
Now in its third year, the event - a truly DIY affair founded and organized by Child Bite frontman Shawn Knight and wife Veronica - Berskerer III boasts its most devouring lineups to date with the all-ages three-night/three-stage gala.
Appearances will be made by internationally touring acts like Voivod, Ghoul, Conan, Macabre, Cannabis Corpse and Black Tusk as well as a spattering of new and established Michigan-based artists like Acid Witch, Child Bite, Perversion and Shit Life.
Comments Knight, "It's a fucking blast putting this thing together. Veronica and I pick all of the bands and organize the entire weekend. I handle all of the art and a lot of the promotion side too. It's a metric shit ton of work and it's really stressful, but in the end it's all worth it. We're basically just making something that we wish was already had; a bit of the ol' 'if you build it, they will come.' I spent a lot of time at various metal fests last year, either playing them with Child Bite or simply attending them. It's great to see what works, what doesn't, and just in general let it affect how we plan our next event. This is our biggest lineup yet, and our biggest venue, so I can't wait to see how it all turns out!"
Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, VGKids, ESP Printing, UHF Records, CJAM 99.1 FM and Woodward Avenue Brewers, Berserker III will take place on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th with a special FREE PreSerker kickoff party slated to take place at Small's (Hamtramck) on Wednesday, March 2nd featuring eight bands on two stages. More...
The Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators from Voivod are pleased to announce the release of the "Post Society" EP. This special release will be available in digipak CD format as well as digital download on February 26th, 2016 via Century Media Records.
The "Post Society" mini-album, with artwork by Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, contains 5 studio tracks, including the previously vinyl-only songs from split 7" releases with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs, and a Hawkwind cover ("Silver Machine").
1. Post Society (06:17)
2. Forever Mountain (05:12)
3. Fall (06:42)
4. We Are Connected (07:26)
5. Silver Machine (04:48)
Away Langevin checked in to comment on the release as follows: "More songs from out in the woods! In between tours, we are steadily finding our way through recording the next album at RadicArt studio. Many riffs were composed on the bus but until the North American tour with Vektor in 2016, we will spend most of wintertime in Montreal writing another batch of material. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy this EP of good old thrash-prog-punk-metal or whatever people want to call Voïvod nowadays :)" More...
While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.
Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.
A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP pic.twitter.com/WC1csn5F5x— Metallica (@Metallica) December 29, 2015
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...