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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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Voivod Announces "Infini" Art Contest

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

Runner Ups:
Voivod Infini CD + Personal message from Away

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Voivod Streaming Entire Album "Infini" Online

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).

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Down Announces More Tour Dates

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)

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Voivod To Release Final Album "Infini" Tomorrow

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...

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Voivod Streaming New Song "Death Proof" Online

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.

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Voivod Streaming Two New Songs Online

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...

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Seventeen More Bands Added To Download 2009

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
Korn
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
Staind
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Friday Second stage:
Motley Crue
Opeth
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Steadlur

Friday Tuborg stage:
Meshuggah
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Voivod
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Sylosis
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze More...

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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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