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Voivod

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 theirbeginninginthe early'80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristicstorylinesinto theirsongs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivodopened thewayfor otherCanadian thrash and metal bands. Such ear ...read more

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 theirbeginninginthe early'80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristicstorylinesinto theirsongs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivodopened thewayfor otherCanadian 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-comingthrashmetal movement (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax), eventually letting their prog rock influences (Pink Floyd, Rush, King Crimson)seepinon 1987'sKilling Technology and 1988's Dimension Hatröss. By the time of their major-label debut for MCA, 1989's Nothingface,Voivodhadperfectedtheir thrash metal/prog rock style, resulting in the most commercially successful release of their career -- spearheadedby avideo fortheircover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" (which enjoyed airings on MTV's Headbangers Ball) and a headlining clubtourover a pair ofbandsthat 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 thereleaseof1991'sAngel Rat, as the album quickly sank from sight while the rest of the rock world focused its attention on the burgeoning alt-rock/Seattlemovement. The Outer Limits followed two years later, which was followed shortly thereafter by Belanger's exit from theband.Bythe mid-'90s,Voivod's lineup had been scaled down to a trio -- newcomer Eric Forrest doubled on vocals and bass, resultinginsuchreleases as 1995'sNegatron and 1997's Phobos. The odds- and-ends compilation Kronik and the live set Lives saw release in2000.Inearly 2001, the remainingmembers decided to call it a day when Forrest departed. The band reunited later that year with Belangerbackonboard; they also enlisted anew 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 ofrecordinganewalbum; he instructed his bandmates on his deathbed about how to complete his contributions to the band'sforthcomingoffering,Katorz,which arrived in 2006. Piggy left numerous songs and arrangements for another album on his laptop. In 2009,Voivod tookthosedemos,guitar parts, and arrangements and structured the album Infini from them, without editing, re-recording, oroverdubbing hisguitar.The bandtoured the album across Europe, Japan, and North America with Martyr's Daniel Mongrain on guitar. A 2009show atMontreal's ClubSodafeaturing members Belanger, Langevin, Mongrain, and (returning) bassist "Blacky" Theriault, was recorded; itwaseventually releasedasWarriors of Ice on Sonic Union Metal in 2011. « hide

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LPs
Target Earth
01/22/2013

3.8
266 Votes
Infini
2009

3.1
117 Votes
Katorz
2006

3.1
117 Votes
Voivod
2003

2.9
115 Votes
Phobos
1997

3.3
139 Votes
Negatron
1995

2.9
127 Votes
The Outer Limits
1993

3.9
206 Votes
Angel Rat
1991

3.7
177 Votes
Nothingface
1989

4.3
443 Votes
Dimension Hatross
1988

4.3
432 Votes
Killing Technology
1987

4.2
341 Votes
Rrroooaaarrr
1986

3.3
178 Votes
War and Pain
1984

3.6
217 Votes
EPs
Post Society
2016

3.7
64 Votes
Live @ Musiqueplus
2000

Angel Rat Sampler
1991

3.1
4 Votes
Cockroaches
1987

4.3
4 Votes
Thrashing Rage
1986

3.7
3 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Roadburn 2011
04/12/2012

3
1 Votes
Warriors of Ice
2011

3.9
18 Votes
Lives
2000

2.9
10 Votes
Compilations
Build Your Weapons...
2017

4.3
5 Votes
We Are Not Alone
2014

To the Death 84
2011

3.5
3 Votes
Kronik
1998

3.4
7 Votes
The Best of Voivod
1992

3.9
5 Votes

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