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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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Canadian progressive thrash metal outfit Voivod has been confirmed as the latest band added to this years edition of the Wacken Open Air festival. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany between August 5th 0 August 7th. Other acts confirmed for the festival include Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Cannibal Corpse and Immortal.
Canadian metallers Voivod have announced two-weeks worth of tour dates in support of their latest release "Infini." This tour will kick-off in early March and include guests Kreator, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon.
3/3 Springfield, VA Jaxx
3/4 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
3/5 Worcester, MA Palladium
3/6 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
3/7 Montreal, QC Club Soda
3/8 Quebec City, QC L’Imperial
3/9 Toronto, ON Opera House
3/10 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
3/11 Detroit, MI Blondies
3/12 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
3/14 St. Paul, MN Station 4
North Carolina's sludge metal band WEEDEATER has been confirmed as support for a full-on North American DOWN tour. The lineup changes throughout the routing; The Canadian dates feature secondary support from VOIVOD, while the bulk of the American dates feature THE MELVINS. Other opening support for the tour will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the latter half of the dates.
If you'll remember, Evil Army and Weedeater also supported Down on their North American dates earlier this year.
WEEDEATER will play several shows in North Carolina and Tennessee on the way to the opening and after the closing of the tour, and will headline sporadically in chunks throughout the main tour.
WEEDEATER's latest album, "God Luck And Good Speed," was released in 2007 on Southern Lord Recordings; a deluxe double LP version just released in 2009.
Here are the latest WEEDEATER tour dates: More...
Voivod released their last album "Infini" on June 23rd via Relapse Records. The band is currently running a new contest for fans who want to create their own version of the Infini artwork. Voivod issued the following statement about the contest:
"Create your own rendition of the 'Infini' art and win killer VOIVOD Prizes. Check out out the Direct Metal Music sponsored contest judged by Voivod member/artist Away himself!"
There will be a total of three winners with the following prizes:
Grand Prize Winner:
Voivod Infini Shirt (black or grey) + Voivod Infini CD + Personal message from Away
Voivod Infini CD + Personal message from Away
Voivod's brand new album "Infini" is currently streaming in its entirety here. "Infini," which includes the last 13 Voivod tracks to be written with late guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, was released on June 23rd in North America.
Voivod is currently touring in Europe, hitting a number of open-air festivals in support of Infini. Voivod's touring lineup includes Denis "Snake" Bélanger (vocals), Michel "Away" Langevin (drums), Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault (bass) and MARTYR's Dan Mongrain (guitars).
New Orleans based metal supergroup Down has announced some more shows for their forthcoming North American tour.
The tour dates are as follows:
August 3 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
August 6 - Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB (with VOIVOD)
August 7 - Edmonton Event Centre – Edmonton, AB (with Voivod)
August 8 - MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB (with Voivod)
August 10 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC (with Voivod)
August 11 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
August 14 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
August 15 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
August 16 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA (with THE MELVINS)
August 18 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
August 19 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
August 22 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
September 2 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL (with The Melvins)
September 5 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
September 7 - House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC (with The Melvins)
September 13 - House Of Blues - Boston, MA (with The Melvins)
September 18 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON
September 22 - House Of Blues - Clevevland, OH (with The Melvins)
The final Voivod album "Infini" will see its US release tomorrow, June 23rd via Relapse Records. The 13 tracks are the last to be written with late guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour. "Infini" also features Jason Newsted on bass, who also mixed the effort. The CD version of "Infini" will be packaged in a deluxe digi-pack with artwork designed by Voivod drummer Away.
Voivod are currently performing at a number of upcoming summer festivals with the line-up of Denis "Snake" Bélanger (vocals), Dan Mongrain (guitars), Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault (bass), and Michel "Away" Langevin (drums), performing material from the first ten years of Voivod's catalogue.
A widget for the album can also be viewed below. More...
Voivod have posted online a third preview track, “Death Proof," off of their forthcoming album "Infini." The new song can be heard online now via the band’s newly redesigned MySpace page along with the previously uploaded tracks “Earthache” and “Global Warning." The new album will see its U.S. release on June 23rd via Relapse Records.
Relapse Records has issued the following statement about Voivod streaming two new songs online:
"Two brand new VOIVOD tracks, ‘Earthache’ and ‘Global Warning’, taken from their forthcoming album Infini can be heard online now exclusively via Bravewords.com. Infini will see a June 23rd release date via Relapse Records stateside, and via Sonic Unyon in Canada.
"Infini’s 13 tracks were the last to be written with late guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour. The CD version of Infini will be packaged in a deluxe digi-pack with artwork designed by VOIVOD drummer Away. Images and pre-order options for the CD can be viewed here with details on the double LP pressing forthcoming.
"Infini was built from the final songs created by the band with Piggy. There were many discussions and ideas as to how to complete these recordings of songs that had never been actually performed with the whole band in one room. All of his original demo guitar tracks appear as they were recorded, no re-amping, no overdubs, just Piggy as he played the tracks he envisioned in his small bachelor apartment, the amp in the bathroom, capturing his performance with the laptop given to him by Jason Newsted. More...
The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.
The full lineup is now as follows:
Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Friday Second stage:
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Friday Tuborg stage:
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Middle Class Rut
Hunting The Minotaur
White Man Kamikaze More...
The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.
The lineup for the event is now as follows:
Faith No More
Black Stone Cherry
Tim "Ripper" Owens
In This Moment
Bring Me The Horizon
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Dir En Grey
A Day To Remember
We Are The Ocean
Karma To Burn
Middle Class Rut
Canadian progressive thrash band Voivod has announced that they have signed to Relapse Records to release their forthcoming fifteenth album, "Infini." The album will be released in North America on June 23rd. As usual, the album art will be designed by drummer Michel "Away" Langevin. All bass parts were recorded by Jason "Jasonic" Newsted but original bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault will be performing with the band on the bands upcoming summer festival tour.
Canadian metallers Voivod have announced that their upcoming album will be titled "Infini." The album will be released in Europe via Nuclear Blast on June 12th and an undetermined date in North America.
The track listing for "Infini" will be as follows:
1. God Phones
2. From The Cave
4. Global Warning
5. A Room With A V.
6. Destroy After Reading
7. Treasure Chase
8. Krap Radio
9. In Orbit
Jason Newsted, bass player of progressive thrash metal group Voivod and former bassist of Metallica and Flotsam And Jetsam, was recently interviewed by MetalFanzine.net. During the interview, he spoke about what it was like to reunite with Metallica and what's happening with the new Voivod album. You can check it out below. More...
Reunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have completed tracking the much anticipated "Unborn Again" full-length album at Mozart Studio with world-renowned engineer / producer Harris Johns (Sodom, Kreator, Helloween, Sepultura, etc) and are set to fly to Berlin on April 13, 2009 where the mixing and mastering process will take place at Spiderhouse Studio.
The album artwork and final tracklisting will be announced shortly.
In other news, WHIPLASH has been confirmed for this year's Jalometalli Metal music festival, set to take place August 14-15, 2009 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod has posted a new blog on their Myspace discussing their new studio album and general goings on with the band. It reads as follows:
"We are putting finishing touches on the yet to be named new record, due this spring. Jason Newsted ended up playing on all the bass tracks and plans to have Eric and Blacky also play on it were put aside for another project down the road. This album will mark the end of the Voivod songs Piggy wrote and performed, there are other songs from Piggy yet to be released, that he wrote for himself and other projects. We will release a DVD of our first ever performance in Japan, featuring all early Voivod material with Blacky on bass and Dan Mongrain on Guitar. We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Adrian Bromley, who was up until recently Voivod’s publicist at The End records for the past 4 years. His enthusiasm and knowledge of music and all things metal will be sorely missed. More news and artwork to be posted soon."
Germany's Bang Your Head Open Air Festival 2009 has confirmed Exodus as the latest band to play. The show is set to take place on June 26th and 27th at Messegelände Balingen. Other confirmed bands include Blind Guardian, W.A.S.P., Sodom, Voivod, Powerwolf, Alestorm, and Sacred Reich.
Canadian metal legends Voivod are currently finishing up work on a new studio album which contains the last guitar tracks recorded by late guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Armour. No title or release date has been annouced so far. The band is also hoping to release a DVD chronicling their first ever tour of Japan.
Montreal space-proggers KOSMOS have been nominated for metal/hardcore album of the year by the Quebec Indie Music Awards. KOSMOS, featuring members of VOIVOD, PARADISE, TRICKY WOO, and GRIM SKUNK, released their self-titled debut via THE END RECORDS on September 4th of last year.
Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."
Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...