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Voivod (singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, guitarist Denis "Piggy" d'Amour, drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and bassist Jean-Yves"Blacky" Theriault) were one of the first thrash bands from Canada to gain popularity outside of their home country. From their beginning inthe early '80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristic story linesinto their songs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivod opened the wayfor other Canadian thrash and metal bands.
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Voivod (singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, guitarist Denis "Piggy" d'Amour, drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and bassist Jean-Yves"Blacky" Theriault) were one of the first thrash bands from Canada to gain popularity outside of their home country. From their beginning inthe early '80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristic story linesinto their songs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivod opened the wayfor other Canadian thrash and metal bands.

Such early releases as 1984's War and Pain and 1986's Rrröööaaarrr showed that the quartet was aligned with the then up-and-comingthrash metal movement (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax), eventually letting their prog rock influences (Pink Floyd, Rush, King Crimson) seep inon 1987's Killing Technology and 1988's Dimension Hatröss. By the time of their major-label debut for MCA, 1989's Nothingface, Voivodhad perfected their thrash metal/prog rock style, resulting in the most commercially successful release of their career -- spearheaded by avideo for their cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" (which enjoyed airings on MTV's Headbangers Ball) and a headlining club tourover 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 that Voivod might be able to break through to a wider audience, Theriault left the group right after the release of1991's Angel Rat, as the album quickly sank from sight while the rest of the rock world focused its 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. Bythe mid-'90s, Voivod's lineup had been scaled down to a trio -- newcomer Eric Forrest doubled on vocals and bass, resulting in suchreleases as 1995's Negatron and 1997's Phobos. The odds-and-ends compilation Kronik and the live set Lives saw release in 2000. Inearly 2001, the remaining members decided to call it a day when Forrest departed. The band reunited later that year with Belanger back onboard; they also enlisted a new bassist, Jason Newsted, formerly of Metallica, resulting in the eponymous Voivod album.

In August of 2005, guitarist "Piggy" d'Amour succumbed to complications from colon cancer. The band was in the middle of recording a newalbum; he instructed his bandmates on his deathbed about how to complete his contributions to the band's forthcoming offering, Katorz,which arrived in 2006. Piggy left numerous songs and arrangements for another album on his laptop. In 2009, Voivod took those demos,guitar parts, and arrangements and structured the album Infini from them, without editing, re-recording, or overdubbing his guitar. The bandtoured the album across Europe, Japan, and North America with Martyr's Daniel Mongrain on guitar. A 2009 show at Montreal's Club Sodafeaturing members Belanger, Langevin, Mongrain, and (returning) bassist "Blacky" Theriault, was recorded; it was eventually released asWarriors of Ice on Sonic Union Metal in 2011. « hide

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LPs
Target Earth
01/22/2013

3.9
177 Votes
Infini
2009

3.2
83 Votes
Katorz
2006

3.2
80 Votes
Voivod
2003

2.9
70 Votes
Phobos
1997

3.2
89 Votes
Negatron
1995

2.9
82 Votes
The Outer Limits
1993

3.8
129 Votes
Angel Rat
1991

3.6
111 Votes
Nothingface
1989

4.3
272 Votes
Dimension Hatross
1988

4.3
264 Votes
Killing Technology
1987

4.1
186 Votes
Rrroooaaarrr
1986

3.2
102 Votes
War and Pain
1984

3.5
122 Votes
EPs
Live @ Musiqueplus
2000

Angel Rat Sampler
1991

2.5
2 Votes
Cockroaches
1987

3.5
1 Votes
Thrashing Rage
1986

3
1 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Roadburn 2011
04/12/2012

Warriors of Ice
2011

3.9
16 Votes
Lives
2000

2.6
7 Votes
Compilations
To the Death 84
2011

3.5
2 Votes
Kronik
1998

3.3
3 Votes
The Best of Voivod
1992

4
3 Votes

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