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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 theirbeginningintheearly'80s, their main goalwas to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristicstorylinesintotheirsongs, often dealing withtechnology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivodopened thewayforotherCanadian thrash and metal bands.Such early releases as 1 ...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 theirbeginningintheearly'80s, their main goalwas to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristicstorylinesintotheirsongs, often dealing withtechnology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivodopened thewayforotherCanadian 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-comingthrashmetalmovement (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax), eventually letting their prog rock influences (Pink Floyd, Rush, King Crimson)seepinon1987'sKilling Technologyand 1988's Dimension Hatröss. By the time of their major-label debut for MCA, 1989'sNothingface,Voivodhadperfectedtheir thrash metal/prog rockstyle, 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 headliningclubtourover a pair ofbandsthat would soon change the landscape of alt-rock bythe 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 afterthereleaseof1991'sAngelRat, as the album quickly sank from sight while the rest of the rock world focused its attention on the burgeoning alt-rock/Seattlemovement. TheOuter Limits followed two years later, which was followed shortly thereafter by Belanger's exit from theband.Bythemid-'90s,Voivod's lineup had beenscaled down to a trio -- newcomer Eric Forrest doubled on vocals and bass, resultinginsuchreleases as1995'sNegatron and 1997's Phobos. The odds-and-ends compilation Kronik and the live set Lives saw release in2000.Inearly 2001, theremainingmembers decided to call it a day when Forrestdeparted. The band reunited later that year with Belangerbackonboard; they alsoenlisted 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;heinstructed his bandmates on his deathbed about how to complete his contributions to the band'sforthcomingoffering,Katorz,which arrived in2006.Piggy left numerous songs and arrangements for another album on his laptop. In 2009,Voivod tookthosedemos,guitar parts, andarrangements andstructured the album Infini from them, without editing, re-recording, oroverdubbing hisguitar.The bandtoured the album acrossEurope, Japan, andNorth 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 in2011. « hide

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LPs
The Wake
2018

3.9
222 Votes
Target Earth
01/22/2013

3.8
324 Votes
Infini
2009

3.1
145 Votes
Katorz
2006

3.1
149 Votes
Voivod
2003

2.9
144 Votes
Phobos
1997

3.4
188 Votes
Negatron
1995

2.9
167 Votes
The Outer Limits
1993

4
269 Votes
Angel Rat
1991

3.7
232 Votes
Nothingface
1989

4.3
556 Votes
Dimension Hatröss
1988

4.3
537 Votes
Killing Technology
1987

4.2
448 Votes
RRRÖÖÖAAARRR
1986

3.3
249 Votes
War and Pain
1984

3.5
285 Votes
EPs
The End Of Dormancy
2020

3.1
10 Votes
Post Society
2016

3.8
95 Votes
Live @ Musiqueplus
2000

Angel Rat Sampler
1991

3.3
6 Votes
Cockroaches
1987

3.7
7 Votes
Thrashing Rage
1986

3.1
6 Votes
Live Albums
Lost Machine
2020

4
2 Votes
Live at Roadburn 2011
04/12/2012

3.4
4 Votes
Warriors of Ice
2011

3.9
25 Votes
Lives
2000

2.8
13 Votes
Compilations
Dimension Hatröss: Expanded Edition
2017

4.7
3 Votes
Build Your Weapons...
2017

3.9
7 Votes
We Are Not Alone
2014

2.5
1 Votes
To the Death 84
2011

3.3
7 Votes
Kronik
1998

3.1
12 Votes
The Best of Voivod
1992

3.8
8 Votes

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