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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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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
8. Corps Étranger
10. Defiance More...
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:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
After Fear Factory just recently announced the band was dropping off the Shockwave Festival, which was set to kick off on July 6th, the organizers of the tour have now issued the following statement about the entire run being shut down:
“It is with great disappointment that we have to make this announcement. With the recent departure of Voivod from the Shockwave Festival lineup, as well as low advance tickets sales we have decided to pull the plug on the Shockwave Festival.
"For purchases made with a credit card, your card will automatically be refunded. All other refunds are available at point of purchase.
"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused."
Today the coordinators of Shockwave Festival Tour 2012 have announced four new dates in the inaugural North American takeover: Calgary, Amityville, Columbus, and Joliet. See the updated itinerary below. The following press release was also issued:
"Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, Shockwave Festival Tour 2012 stands among one of the most diversified metal tour packages of the Summer! The trek will commence on July 6 in Seattle, Washington, and feature an assorted lineup of artists including futuristic metal conjurers Fear Factory and sci-fi thrash legends Voivod as well as Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance To Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, and Forged In Flame.
"Presented by Full Metal Jackie with further sponsorships by EVH, DDrums, Intune Guitar Pics, Indie Merch, Earsplit PR, Skateboard Marketing, Burning Angel, Yetibite, The PRP, Rockin Wellness, Dirtycheese Design & Development and Blank TV, the caravan of chaos will run through August. Tickets are on sale now at this location." More...
Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about the lineup for the upcoming Shockwave Festival tour:
"This summer, one of the most diversified metal tour packages will batter its way through North America! What will be a yearly event, the inaugural Shockwave Festival Tour 2012 is coming for you! Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, the tour will commence on July 6 in Seattle, Washington, and feature an eclectic lineup of artists including futuristic metal conjurers Fear Factory and sci-fi thrash legends Voivod as well as Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance to Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, and Forged in Flame.
"Presented by Full Metal Jackie with further sponsorships by EVH, DDrums, Ampeg, Intune Guitar Pics, Indie Merch, Earsplit PR, Skateboard Marketing, Burning Angel, Yetibite, The PRP, Rockin Wellness, Dirtycheese Design & Development and Blank TV, the caravan of chaos will run through August with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Artist Arena/fan club pre-sale tickets go on sale today. Public tickets go on sale Saturday May 5 at 10:00am at this location." More...
Canadaian avant garde metal band Voivod posted the first episode in a new webisode series entitled "Optical Vortex" designed to inform the fans on the happenings of the band. In this first episode Michel "Away" Langevin states that Voivod will enter the studio in January to begin recording its new album to be released in the summer of 2012.
Check out the video here:
Alternative Tentacles Records will be releasing the original 1984 demos of Voivod on November 22nd. Straight off the master tapes, these demos promise to be better audio versions of songs later re-recorded for Voivod's debut album, "War and Pain." There will be six other songs, including a Mercyful Fate cover and two Venom covers. Check out the demo version of "Iron Gang" (1984). More...
Canadian legends Voivod are currently in pre-production for the a forthcoming release due out in 2012. Photos of the band in rehearsals can be seen through the band's Facebook page at this location.
The caption for the photos reads: "The guys are recording a couples news songs at their rehearsal spot, expect something in the vein of "Nothingface" with some elements from the other albums. It will be a classic VOIVOD album, I'm telling you."
Canadian progressive metal band Heaven's Cry has recently reunited. The band split in 2004 after releasing two LP's ("Food For Thought Substitute" in 1996 and "Primal Power Addition" in 2002). The first reunion show happened earlier this month (Sept. 8) at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal as the supporting act for Katatonia. The band is currently recording its third LP for release in 2012. The current line-up includes:
Pierre St-Jean (Ex-Voivod) (vocals/guitars)
Sylvain Auclair (vocals/bass)
Eric Jarrin (Ex-Despised Icon, Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (guitars)
Rene Lacharité (Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (drums)
The ninth annual edition of the Maryland Deathfest has grown into a four day affair, spanning Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Despite a last minute scare with Sonar possibly closing down, the even took place at Sonar, with the outdoor stages at either end of a closed off Saratoga Street.
This year, Metalunderground.com writer Emily Hingle (aka Buick McKane) was on hand for the entire festival (you can read her reports from day 1 and day 2) and Doug Gibson (aka deathbringer) was present on Saturday.
After an adventurous drive around the venue a few times trying to figure out how to reach the parking lot with Saratoga Street closed off, I finally arrived in time to see Creative Waste’s set. Sonar is a dark venue at any time, but entering from the afternoon sunlight, it seemed pitch black and took a few minutes to adjust.
Creative Waste took the stage and their sound was painfully loud. And they’re only a three-piece band, with a vocalist, guitarist and drummer - no bassist. The Saudi band described themselves as grindcore, but sounded more like a very hardcore influenced brand of metal. The music wasn’t my thing and the excessive volume that was not pleasant even with ear plugs sealed the deal for me.
Mammoth Grinder took the stage next, and I didn’t recognize them at first. The first few songs sounded a bit thin and reminded me of Prong, who while I enjoy, always had a weaker sound as a 3-piece. A few songs into their set, things got heavier and thrashier, evoking thoughts of Slayer. Then I recognized them as the band I saw at SXSW earlier this year. The remainder of their set was fast and heavy and made Mammoth Grinder the best band I witnessed on the inside stage that day. More...
A video interview with Voivod has been posted online, which was conducted in Croatia by Metal Eye Z1TV and features the band discussing an upcoming new album. You can check out the clip below.
In other Voivod news, the band will be releasing a new live album titled "Warriors of Ice." Details on the track listing and cover artwork can be found here. Footage of Voivod performing a new song live, titled "Kaleidos," is also available at this location.
Voivod was the outdoor headliner at the Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 28, 2011. As part of their set, they played a new, yet-released song entitled "Kaleidos" - the same one that they premiered at the Roadburn Festival on April 15th. Metalunderground.com was present and caught most of this song on video, which you can watch below:
As previously reported, Voivod is releasing a live album, "Warriors of Ice," on June 21, 2011. "Warriors of Ice" was recorded on December 12th, 2009 at Club Soda in the band's adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec and is the first official Voivod live album to feature original band members Denis "Snake" Belanger on vocals and bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault, as well as new guitarist Dan "Chewy" Mongrain.
Stay tuned for more Maryland Deathfest recaps and coverage.
The Maryland Deathfest organizers report that "Sonar will be re-opening before MDF, and technically they already have."
As previously reported, the venue of the Maryland Deathfest was up in the air when Baltimore's Sonar nightclub failed to renew their liquor license and closed its doors.
The organizers futher commented: "These last couple of days have been incredibly confusing and stressful, but we are currently back to the regularly scheduled program. And don't worry, beyond plan B is a plan C, because that's how we roll. See you in a couple of weeks."
As such, the set times that were previously announced should now hold.
Here's the updated flier: More...
The ninth annual Maryland Deathfest has announced the final lineup and set times for the event. However, not long after announcing these details came word that the Baltimore venue, Sonar, unexpectedly closed its doors today. The festival organizers claim to have a backup plan that should involve little to no inconvenience to ticket holders (even those coming from out of town) and will be releasng more details soon.
Until then, the announced lineup and set times are as follows:
Thursday, May 26th
Entrance opens at 4 pm
WITCHAVEN - 4:45 - 5:15
SHITSTORM - 5:30 - 5:55
NOISEAR - 6:10 - 6:40
MIASMAL - 6:55 - 7:30
LACK OF INTEREST - 7:45 - 8:20
FLESH PARADE - 8:35 - 9:10
EXTORTION - 9:25 - 10:00
BUZZOV*EN - 10:15 - 11:00
TRAGEDY - 11:15 - 12:00
CATHEDRAL - 12:15 - end More...
Late in 2009, Voivod released the live Tatsumaki DVD, filmed the previous fall when the band toured Japan for the first time ever. To celebrate its release of the DVD, Voivod performed in front of a sold-out crowd on December 12th, 2009 at Club Soda in the band's adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec. The show was recorded and is now being released as the fifteen-track "Warriors Of Ice," the first official Voivod live album to feature original band members Denis "Snake" Belanger on vocals and bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault, as well as new guitarist Dan "Chewy" Mongrain.
Set for release on June 21st, 2011, "Warriors Of Ice" contains songs spanning from 1984’s "War And Pain" right up through 1991’s "Angel Rat," as well as two songs from the band's 2009 "Infini" LP. You can view the track listing and cover artwork below.
2. The Unknown Knows
3. The Prow
4. Ripping Headaches
5. Ravenous Medicine
6. Tribal Convictions
9. Global Warning
10. Treasure Chase
13. Brain Scan
14. Nuclear War
15. Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)
Canadian progressive thrash metal veterans Voivod has announced that they will be releasing a new live album entitled, "Warriors Of Ice" on April 5th through Indica Records. The show was recorded on December 12th, 2009 during the band's first headlining show in Montréal in ten years at Club Soda. The set list of the night was as follows:
The Unknown Knows
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)