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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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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)
MusikUniverse.net has posted new 2011 rehearsal footage online from Voivod. You can check out the band rehearsing material in the video clip below.
The final line-up of days and bands has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest. The 2011 edition of Maryland Deathfest will take place between May 26th to May 29th at Sonar in Baltimore.
Thursday, May 26th:
LACK OF INTEREST
Friday, May 27th:
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
Saturday, May 28th:
HAIL OF BULLETS
Sunday, May 29th:
LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY
BAD ACID TRIP
Sweden's Death Breath is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Death Festival. Next year's festival will take place from May 26th - 29th, 2011. Further details on the festival can be found at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Canadian progressive thrash metal act Voivod has announced its participation in the forthcoming 70000 Tons of Metal festival. 70000 Tons of Metal is to set sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011.
70000 Tons of Metal confirmed line-up:
ULI JON ROTH
By many outsiders, heavy metal has been dismissed as "music for idiots," but time and time again, heavy metal bands have proved the naysayers wrong by displaying well researched and intelligent lyrics, along with complex musicianship. One of the best examples of "thinking man's heavy metal," comes from Canadian progressive thrashers, Voivod. The band was formed in the town of Jonquière, Quebec in 1982, and like many of their contemporaries, where influenced by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, as well as hardcore punk and seventies progressive rock bands such as Yes. By fusing these influences, Voivod forged their own brand of heavy metal, which would satisfy the average headbanger, as well as any music critic. The band were also known for adopting aliases. Lead singer Denis Belanger became known as, "Snake," guitarist Denis D'Amour went by the name, "Piggy," drummer and band artist Michel Langevin used the moniker, "Away" and bassist Jean-Yves Theriault named himself, "Blacky." The group released their first studio album, "War And Pain" in 1984, which followed a more speed metal style than future releases.
Their second album, "Rrröööaaarrr" featured a speed metal theme once again before the band began incorporating their love of progressive rock with their next album, "Killing Technology." The album earned the band a spot as one of the more unique young metal bands, and the group continued this path with their next album, "Dimension Hatross," which has become one of their most acclaimed albums to date and featured the staple song, "Tribal Convictions," as well as a comical cover of the 1960's Batman television show theme song. Their next album, "Nothingface," saw the band break through into the mainstream somewhat, as it became their first album to enter the Billboard charts and featured a minor hit in the form of the band's cover of the Pink Floyd song, "Astronomy Domine." Not only was it successful in terms of sales, but it gained universal praise for it's musicianship and songwriting prowess. More...
Canadian progressive metal veterans Voivod has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom for a headlining tour next month, in support of their latest studio album, "Infini." Also on the bill of the trek will be Nashville Pussy.
The tour dates are as follows:
August 8th Southampton Joiners
August 9th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
August 10th Manchester Moho Live
August 11th London Relentless Garage
Pittsburgh's newest progressive metal act Hyperion have announced the guest musicians set to appear on the band's debut album "Orchestrating The Myth." Guest musicians set to appear on the album include Glen Drover of Megadeth and Dan Mongrain of Voivod. "Orchestrating The Myth" is planned for a late 2010 or early 2011 release.
Michael "Away" Langevin, the drummer for Canadian metal veterans Voivod, has revealed that contrary to previous plans, the band has decided to continue and are currently working on brand new material. There was alot of speculation that the band's last studio album, "Infini" would be their last, as it featured the final guitar parts from deceased guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'amour. In a recent interview with MusicNerd.ca, Langevin stated:
"I don’t think we’ve actually said this in public before, but we are writing new material as of last month. We want to give it a try and to see what we can do with this lineup and take it from there.
"We actually went into the studio, improvised what we were playing and recorded everything. We’re picking bits and pieces that we like and will try to build a record from it. While it’s going very well, I think it is too early to say whether it will turn into a full album for release."
Canada's Aux music channel has posted a video interview online with Voivod, which can be viewed below.