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Voivod

Formed: 1982
From: Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Voivod News

Below is our complete Voivod news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

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
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Hatebreed
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Therapy?
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Sevendust
Voivod
Papa Roach
Static-X
In This Moment
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Suicide Silence
Shinedown
Anvil
Sylosis
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
Volbeat
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Hostile
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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Voivod Signs To Relapse Records

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.

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Voivod Reveals Details For New Album "Infini"

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
3. Earthache
4. Global Warning
5. A Room With A V.
6. Destroy After Reading
7. Treasure Chase
8. Krap Radio
9. In Orbit
10. Deathproof
11. Pyramidome
12. Morpheus
13. Volcano

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Jason Newsted Speaks On Hall Of Fame Experience

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...

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Whiplash Confirmed For Jalometalli Festival 2009

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...

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Voivod Posts New Album Update

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."

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Exodus Confirmed For Bang Your Head Open Air 2009

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.

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Voivod Finishing Up New Album

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.

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Kosmos Nominated for Quebec Indie Music Awards

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.

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Jeff Wagner Writing Book On Progressive Metal

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...

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E-Force To Be Special Guest at Raismes Fest

E-FORCE, featuring ex-VOIVOD bass and voice Eric Forrest, has announced that they will play as special live guests on Raismes Fest 2008 (Sep. 13th/14th) with Alex Colin-Tocquaine (both in cult French Metal bands LOUDBLAST and AGRESSOR). Songs from the latest album, "Modified Poison," and old VOIVOD tracks will be played live.

"Modified Poison" is still available from Thundering Records' online store or on digital format through Believe Digital (iTunes, Music4Help, eMusic).

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"Get Thrashed" DVD Release Date Announced

"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.

The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:

Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...

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Voivod Singer's Side Band Announces First Shows

Legendary Voivod frontman Denis "Snake" Belanger has announced the first shows with his new band Paranoland. The group also boasts Aggression bassist Botcher and Groovy Aardvark guitarist Frank Legendre. The planned dates will take place on May 31 at Bar le Syndrome in Montreal, Quebec and Jun. 14 at Cafe Chaos, also in Montreal, Quebec.

To hear what the new band sounds like, click here.

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Voivod Reveals Details About Upcoming Shows

Legendary Canadian progressive thrashers Voivod have issued an update regarding their upcoming live appearances.

"A lot has happened since the band's last live appearance. The band had taken time off to begin writing what would become the album Katorz. In April 2005 while the new album was in progress, guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour became ill before recording began and sadly died of colon cancer. It took awhile to recover from the sudden passing of Denis before Michel 'Away' Langevin, Denis 'Snake' Belanger and Jason 'Jasonic' Newsted could begin to assemble the songs from the demos and create Katorz.

Discussions of a tribute show and possible guitar players for it followed, yet it just did not seem right to perform without Denis, but time does help heal wounds and this summer Voivod feel it is time to perform the music Denis helped create once more.

On June 22nd, Voivod will perform in Montreal as part of the Heavy MTL festival and July 26th, 2008 in Calgary for the Monsters Of Rock festival (here) with original bass player Jean-Yves Theriault ('Blacky') for the first time in 17 years.

Dan Mongrain from the Quebec band MARTYR, a good friend of the band, will play guitar. Songs from the early catalogue will be the focus for these short festival sets. Jason Newsted is still very much part of the Voivod family and is working with the band on the new record (also constructed from the 2004 demos) along with Jean-Yves Theriault and Eric Forrest. However, Newsted is unable to perform live at this point.

Denis and Michel are determined to play more shows in the future to celebrate Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour's legacy.

Stay tuned."

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Voivod And Disturbed Added To Heavy MTL Festival

Voivod, Disturbed and Rev Theory are the latest additions to Montreal's two day festival, Heavy MTL. The full lineup is as follows:

June 21: IRON MAIDEN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON, HAMMERFALL, HATEBREED, OVERKILL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SYMPHONY X, UNEXPECT, LAUREN HARRIS, DETHKLOK and more.

June 22: MÖTLEY CRÜE, VOIVOD, ANTHRAX, DISTURBED, REV THEORY, 3 DAYS GRACE, SHADOWS FALL, PRIESTESS, DROWNING POOL and more.

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More Details On Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock Festival

With 3 Inches of Blood just confirmed for Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock concert that is to take place July 26th we will be at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Shadows Fall has now confirmed their participation. The planned lineup currently includes the following bands:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Serj Tankian
Hatebreed
Shadows Fall
Cavalera Conspiracy
Voivod
Testament
3 Inches of Blood
Priestess
Zimmers Hole
Dillinger Escape Plan

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Voivod To Enter The Studio This Spring

Canada’s pioneering metal band VOIVOD will enter the studio this spring to record their final album using songs left behind by founding guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour who died in August 2005 from colon cancer

An official band statement reads: “There remain 13 songs that guitarist Denis D’Amour (Piggy) had written with the band before his death, yet to be recorded. Michel Langevin (Away) and Denis Belanger (Snake) will track the last songs this spring bringing all the past and present members together to participate in a homage to the guitar legend of Piggy and the legacy of 25 years of a brotherhood forged by exploring metal, rock and punk ethics with an other worldly premise.

"Jean-Yves Theriault (Blacky) and Eric Forrest (E Force) have eagerly agreed to contribute bass tracks along with current bass player Jason Newsted (Jasonic). The End Records and Nuclear Blast Europe will release this final record once completed.

"VOIVOD may play select shows after the release as a thank you to the fans and to bring closure to a great career."

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Voivod Post New Videos Online

Montreal's pioneering metal band VOIVOD have posted new videos on YouTube.com for the songs 'Polaroids' and 'The X-Stream' from their 2006 album Katorz. Click below to view.

Katorz was released in July of 2006, an album assembled, recorded and released by the band (drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin,' singer Denis 'Snake' Belanger and bassist Jason 'Jasonic' Newsted) and producer Glen Robinson using demos left by founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour who succumbed to colon cancer in August of 2005. The band recently won the Best Metal/Hardcore Album award for their album 2006 album Katorz at the annual Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ) Montreal. More...

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Voivod Win Best Metal Album At GAMIQ Awards

Montreal's pioneering metal band VOIVOD won the "Best Metal/Hardcore Album" award for their album 2006 album Katorz at the annual Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ) this past weekend in Montreal, Quebec.

Katorz was released in July of 2006 on The End Records, an album assembled, recorded and released by the band (drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin,' singer Denis 'Snake' Belanger and bassist Jason 'Jasonic' Newsted) and producer Glen Robinson using demos left by founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour who succumbed to colon cancer in August of 2006.

Labelmates UNEXPECT were also nominated in the same category for their album In A Flesh Aquarium.

In related Voivod news, the rock n' roll band XAVIER CAFFEINE that won "Best Rock 'N' Roll Album" for Gisele, features Alex Crowe who playes in psych/prog act KOSMOS with Voivod drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin.'

Kosmos recently released their self-titled debut on The End.

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Voivod To Play 13 "Piggy Songs" This Fall

VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin spoke to Chad Bowar from About.com: Heavy Metal recently about a number of topics, including the band's upcoming album that will feature from late guitarist Denis "Piggy" D’Amour. A few excerpts follow:

Chad Bowar: What’s the latest with Voivod? Have you began putting together an album with the rest of Piggy’s songs?
Michel "Away" Langevin: "Yes, we have 13 songs left that we will be recording in the fall. We are waiting for Jason’s (Newsted) injury to heal 100 percent. He injured his shoulder and had to have surgery. So in the fall we’re going to be recording the final stuff. It’s still out of the sessions we did in 2004, so it’s pretty reminiscent of Katorz. In the meantime I’m very busy reissuing the Noise catalog that is now on Century: Rrröööaaarrr, Killing Technology and Dimension Hatröss. They are going to be remastered and re-released with a bonus DVD of the Voivod archives from the ‘80s. We had the Iron Gang back then, a mail order where we would sell cassettes and stuff like that. Quite often people sent me VHS tapes and cassettes of shows we played and photos. . For Rrröööaaarrr I found the first show in the U.S. with Venom in 1985 on VHS and also a very early show in January 1984 in Quebec and also a high school show in ’84. I just wrapped it up and I’m working on Killing Technology and Dimension Hatröss. Later on next year we’re going to work on Nothingface, Angel Rat and The Outer Limits."

Chad Bowar: Will we see Voivod on tour again?
Michel "Away" Langevin: "Once we are done with the next album in early 2008 we hope to do some kind of farewell tour to pay tribute to Piggy’s music. Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) already agreed to help us if we need to play Katorz and the next album live. That’s something we’ve been hoping to achieve. There’s nothing confirmed, but we hope to do some sort of tribute to Piggy live eventually."

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