Voivod And Alexisonfire Among Winners At 2023 Juno Awards

Voivod and Alexisonfire are among the winners at this year’s Juno Awards. Voivod’s “Synchro Anarchy” took home the award for “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year,” while Alexisonfire’s “Otherness” took home the award for “Rock Album Of The Year.” Those awards were presented during an opening night ceremony last night (March 11). The official ceremony will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB on March 13 .

Voivod Planning To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Album Of Re-Recorded Songs

During an interview with Agoraphobic News, Denis “Snake” Bélanger revealed that Voivod are planning to release a new compilation album featuring re-recorded versions of various songs. The effort, which appears to be titled “Morgöth Tales,” is expected to be released “around July.”

Bélanger said the following:

“It was a really fun thing to do. It was like a time capsule, going back in time [to] revisit these old songs, especially one in particular, which was first song we ever recorded [‘Condemned To The Gallows’]; that was for ‘Metal Massacre V’ [1984] on Metal Blade Records back in the day, before our first album. And the funny thing about it was there was no lyric sheet in the compilation itself. It was us, including many other bands. And the way it was recorded, it was really hard to figure out the lyrics; I couldn’t remember what I was singing. So we’re looking everywhere on the Internet, if someone has it or whatever. And it was nowhere [to be] found. And then I said to myself, ‘Maybe mom has it in the attic somewhere.’ And then I called my sister: ‘Can you check at mom’s place? Maybe she put it somewhere.’ And she went, and my mom classified — everything is in order with mom. And she was, like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I have it. File number six.’ And then she pulls out the only copy of the lyrics in the world of that song.’ And we were, like, ‘Yeah!’ ‘Cause [music for] the song was already recorded. And we were, like, ‘Oh my God. What are we gonna do?'”

The compilation will include “about 10 or 12 songs” but Bélanger said it will not have tracks from each album:

“Not [from] every album, but mostly the period from ‘Rrröööaaarrr’, ‘Killing Technology’, ‘Dimension Hatröss’, ‘Nothingface’; we revisit one song from each [album]. And it’s in a chronological [order]. So it’s very fun. It was fun to do.”

He also added:

“It was really — like I said — like a time capsule, going back. And I’m trying to sing these songs like I used to. It was really fun to do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Voivod Announce 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour With Imperial Triumphant

Voivod have announced a 40th Anniversary U.S. tour with Imperial Triumphant. You can find the dates for that run below. With this news, the band have also revealed that they are finishing up a new studio project called “Morgöth Tales.”

Tour Dates:

05/09 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel (no Imperial Triumphant)
05/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 (no Imperial Triumphant)
05/11 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
05/12 New York, NY – The Bowery
05/13 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/14 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
05/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
05/17 Tampa, FL – Floridian
05/18 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
05/19 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
05/20 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/21 Austin, TX – Come and Take It

Michel “Away” Langevin commented:

“We are excited to hit the road in the USA in May, with the avant-garde metal band Imperial Triumphant. Snake was a guest vocalist on their track ‘Maximalist Scream‘, and this tour should take us on a great experimental musical journey. Come join us!!”

Voivod Announce UK/Netherlands 40th Anniversary Shows

Voivod will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with some shows in the UK and Netherlands this April. Here’s the dates:

04/16 Eindhoven, NET – Prognosis Festival
04/18 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
04/19 Glasgow, UK – Slay
04/20 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
04/21 Southampton, UK – The 1865
04/22 London, UK – Prognosis Festival

Voivod Premiere “Quest For Nothing” Music Video

Voivod have premiered a new video for their song “Quest For Nothing.” The clip was created with AI technology and it can be seen below. The track is from the band’s latest album “Synchro Anarchy.” Michel “Away” Langevin commented:

“When AI art started appearing online a few months ago, my jaw dropped to the floor. When Luc Leclerc, webmaster for Voivod, showed me what he could do with AI animation, my jaw dropped to the basement! His video perfectly captures the dystopian side of the music and lyrics for ‘Quest For Nothing’. Hold on tight to your seat and enjoy!”

Voivod To Release “Ultraman” EP In November

Voivod will be paying tribute to the “Ultraman” series with a new EP. The effort will be released on 12″ vinyl and digitally on November 4.

“Ultraman” Track Listing (12″):

Side A (08:45):

01. “Ultraman – Opening Theme (Japanese & French [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
02. “Ultraman – Victory Theme (URUTORAMAN BGM)”
03. “Ultraman – Closing Theme (English [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
04. “Ultraman – Opening Theme (Japanese [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
05. “Ultraman – Victory Theme (URUTORAMAN BGM)”
06. “Ultraman – Closing Theme (Japanese [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
07. “Ultraman – Opening Theme (Instrumental [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
08. “Ultraman – Victory Theme (URUTORAMAN BGM)”
09. “Ultraman – Closing Theme (Instrumental [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”

Side B (11:36):

01. “Overreaction” (Return To Morgöth – Live 2018)
02. “Voïvod” (Return To Morgöth – Live 2018)

“Ultraman” Track Listing (digital):

01. “Ultraman – Opening Theme (Japanese & French [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
02. “Ultraman – Victory Theme (URUTORAMAN BGM)”
03. “Ultraman – Closing Theme (English [URUTORAMANNO UTA])”
04. “Overreaction (Return To Morgöth – Live 2018)”
05. “Voïvod (Return To Morgöth – Live 2018)”

Drummer Michel “Away” Langevin commented:

“As a kid I often dreamed of finding a Beta Capsule, so I could transform into Ultraman, keep the city from being destroyed by a giant fire spitting monster, and hopefully save Akiko Fuji in the process. I’m pretty sure many people had the same dream…we sure did in Voïvod, and that’s why we decided to cover the main and battle TV themes for this EP. The recordings were done during the ‘Synchro Anarchy’ sessions and Chewy sings the Japanese parts! For the B side, we tracked down the lost encore from the 35th anniversary show, Return To Morgöth – Live 2018. Enjoy!”

Voivod Added To Opeth’s November European/UK Tour

Voivod have been added to Opeth’s upcoming European/UK tour. Here’s the dates for that run:

11/10 Copenhagen, DEN – Grey Hall
11/12 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/14 Berlin, GER – Admiralspalast
11/15 Wuppertal, GER – Historische Stadthalle
11/16 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
11/17 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
11/19 Utrecht, NET – TivoliVredenburg
11/20 Utrecht, NET – TivoliVredenburg
11/21 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
11/23 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
11/24 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
11/25 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
11/26 Lisbon, POR – Sla Tejo

Voivod To Release “Forgotten In Space: The Noise Records Years” Box Set In July

Voivod will be releasing a new deluxe box set, titled “Forgotten In Space: The Noise Records Years,” on July 29. The set will include three albums, “Rrröööaarrr,“ “Killing Technology,” and “Dimension Hatröss,” as well as rare and previously unreleased content.

More information was shared on the set:

Remastered on red & black splatter vinyl

Remastered on green & purple swirl vinyl

Remastered on grey & red swirl vinyl

First time on vinyl. Green & black splatter vinyl

First time on vinyl. Blue & white splatter vinyl

40 page book containing new sleeve note interviews with Michel ‘Away’ Langevin telling the story of the early years of Voivod. Contains rare and previously unseen photos.

Mini documentary of interviews, live performances, behind the scenes & promotional videos from 1985 to 1989. Also includes previously unreleased video concert, live in Chicago ’88 and audio concert from World War III festival 1985.

Contains all the tracks from the expanded studio albums plus the live & demo albums.

‘Forgotten In Space’ will also be available as a 5 x CDs and DVD clamshell box set containing all the studio albums, bonus rare demo and live albums, the DVD containing the mini documentary and previously unreleased live concerts and a 20 page booklet.”

You can find a video for a previously unreleased 1987 demo of “Psychic Vacuum“ below:

Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Erect Statue Of Voivod’s Denis “Piggy” D’Amour In The Band’s Hometown

A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched in an effort to raise money to erect a statue of late Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour in the band’s hometown. The group said the following about that:

“A New Kickstarter Campaign Has Been Launched To Erect A Statue Of Piggy In Jonquière. This 8 foots (2,5 meters) tall aluminum sculpture is created by artist Fred Laforge and will be installed in Saguenay birthplace of Denis Piggy D’amour and the band Voïvod.”

Voivod Announce June North American Tour

Voivod have announced a June North American tour. The band will be touring in support of their latest album “Synchro Anarchy.”

Tour Dates:

06/01 Trois Rivieres, QC – L’Entité
06/02 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre Music Theatre
06/03 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/04 London, ON – The Music Hall
06/05 Detroit, MI – Small’s
06/06 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
06/08 Huntington, WV – The Loud
06/09 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
06/10 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer Festival)
06/11 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
06/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
06/14 Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
06/15 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
06/17 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
06/18 Liverpool, NY – Sharkey’s
06/19 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall