Voivod To Release “The End Of Dormancy” EP

Voivod will be releasing a new 12-inch vinyl and digital EP titled “The End Of Dormancy” on July 10. The effort comes with a special “Metal Section” version of “The End Of Dormancy” featuring added trumpets, saxophone and trombones, as well as live versions of “The End Of Dormancy” and “The Unknown Knows” from the 2019 Montreal Jazz Fest. A video for “The End Of Dormancy (Metal Section)” can be found below:

Guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain said the following about the song:

“I initially wrote the opening riff of the song on tour, outside, behind a club in Germany on a sunny day and recorded right away. It had that quartal harmony over a pedal point that to me evoke soundtracks of classic roman movies when you hear the brass (lituus, cornu and other instruments). It has a military and solemn vibe to it.

When in 2019 we had the honor to be invited to play the Montreal International Jazz Festival, we all thought we could do something special in the context. I had the idea to do a brass arrangement and add in an extra open improvised sax solo section which doesn’t exist in the studio version. I started to write and was able to finish the arrangement in time for the rehearsal but it was sooo much work that I could only do one song. We hired top players of the Montreal scene. They were very excited to be part of it. It’s not every day that a brass section plays with a metal band, so it was as exciting for them as it was for us. We had one rehearsal and it worked perfectly. Then we played the show and the crowd went totally nuts. You can hear it on the live version: it was a great moment for everyone and we had a real blast. The live version is also on the EP, but will not be on the upcoming live album ‘Lost Machine’, since that was recorded during a different show…

When the video idea of that song came up, I thought we could record the brass over the studio version and make the video version unique, and share this version with the rest of the world, giving something special to the fans and immortalize the brass arrangement at the same time. So, I just cut out the improvised section that was in the live arrangement and we could time a studio session with all the same guys. Francis Perron (RadicArt Studio), who recorded and mixed ‘The Wake’, brought his gear and recorded it, then remixed the song.

It was an amazing experience, a great challenge for me to write each part and conduct it. I don’t do that often, so it was a lot of work and I’m very happy with the result. It adds that extra empire, military, roman paddle boat war feel like in the old ‘Ben Hur’ movie, with the acceleration of the music and intense and stressful emotions that fits the song lyrics perfectly.

I’m so proud and happy to play in Voivod, as we can try this kind of madness projects and everybody in the band gets excited and motivated to do new things. It’s so fulfilling. I hope this feeling transpires into the music and that the signal gets to the receiver’s frequency.”

Vocalist Denis “Snake” Belanger added the following about the video:

“I must say that we had some hesitations regarding the timing of release for this very special video clip. The shoot took place in November 2019 and the scenario is pure science-fiction, but we were concerned the imagery might be insensitive in these pandemic times. In the end, we decided to proceed as planned. Speaking of sci-fi, the documentary called ‘The Creeping Garden’ had a big influence on me and was a great source of inspirations for the concept. A must-watch. The slime moulds are amazing creatures and will use ingeniosity to survive. And so are humans… We’ll get through this.”

Voivod Writing New Material, Planning To Release New Live Album

During a recent interview with Agoraphobic News, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin revealed that the band have been writing new material. On top of that, he also revealed that the group are planning to release a new live album as well.

Langevin said the following about writing new material during the coronavirus pandemic:

“The problem we encountered was that Chewy [guitarist Daniel Mongrain] lives a few miles away from Montreal. And the roads are blocked these days and he can’t really travel to Montreal and we can’t really travel to where he lives and so on. So we are doing a demo, sharing files in a Dropbox folder. I just downloaded a drum machine app for Android, and I’m using it to demo the drums, because, obviously, I can’t play at home or record at all. But we are moving forward with writing new material, which is great.”

He continued after being asked how many new songs the band have:

“We have just chunks of songs, but many of them. And maybe some of them will be collected together eventually. Before everything started with this coronavirus, we already had made a bunch of recording sessions at our studio. So we have some material to pull from — improvisations, riffs that Chewy started and we all joined then. But there is also material written separately by everybody that we share, so we are slowly gonna build an album this year. among ourselves. We are slowly gonna build up an album this year. But before that, there will be a live album coming out.”

On another note, Langevin, who is also a graphic design artist, also discussed how the pandemic is affecting touring, which is usually the main source of income for artists:

“I’ve been scared of that for many, many years, but it’s still a surreal situation right now. Even though that we should have been prepared [for] it, it’s something that will change this whole planet, for sure… For me, it seems like life as usual, it will definitely crush the VOIVOD revenues in terms of touring. And also, eventually, it will have an impact on my art as well, in the sense that if the bands stop touring, [I’m not] gonna draw t-shirts anymore. Like [the] ‘voivod’ [character created by Away], I’m gonna have to adapt to the situation very quickly, make the best of it.”

He also added the following when asked if he is concerned about Voivod staying off the road for awhile:

“Yes, I’m very afraid of that. We had some great, great festivals lined up in Quebec this summer, and then we had a world tour starting in September for the live album. And everything is up in the air right now. So I’m gonna seize the opportunity to put together the books that I’m gonna release eventually.”

Langevin went on to offer more information on his upcoming books:

“There is one book that’s art on the road. And the other book is art that I do for other people, like commissioned artwork, over the years. And I have another book that is all art that I do at home for myself. So that’s three books together. And I also have some kind of a comic book in the works, and this will probably be the first one coming out… I’m aiming at publishing it this year for the first book, which is more comic book-oriented. It’s not that many pages — maybe 30. And then I’m gonna move to the book about all the art that I do on the road. But this one is longer to put together, because I have thousands of drawings, because I draw a lot on the road.”

[via Blabbermouth]

GWAR & Voivod Announce European/UK Tour

GWAR and Voivod have announced a European/UK tour. Childrain will open on most dates and Downcast Collision will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

11/22 Bochum, GER – Matrix (with Downcast Collision) (no Childrain)
11/23 Vaureal, FRA – Le Forum (with Downcast Collision) (no Childrain)
11/24 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion (with Downcast Collision) (no Childrain)
11/26 Cologne, GER – Live Music Hall
11/27 Kortrijk, BEL – De Kruen
11/28 Tilburg, NET – 013 KZ
11/30 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
12/01 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
12/02 Wolverhampton, UK – Steel Mill
12/03 Newcastle, UK – Riverside
12/04 London, UK – Islington Academy
12/05 Antwerp, BEL – Zappa
12/06 Bremen, GER – Schlachthof
12/07 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
12/08 Berlin, GER – Festsaal Kreuzberg
12/09 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
12/10 Ziln, CZE – Masters of Rock Cafe
12/11 Graz, AUT – Explosvi
12/12 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
12/13 Pinarella di Cervia, ITA – Rock Planet
12/14 Zurich, SWI – Komplex

Watch Voivod Perform With Brass Quintet At Montreal International Jazz Festival

During Voivod’s June 30 performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the band were joined onstage by a brass quintet. Guitarist Dan “Chewy” Mongrain wrote an eight-minute arrangement for the quintet, which was featured on “The End Of Dormancy.”

Voivod To Perform With Brass Quintet At Montreal International Jazz Festival

Voivod have announced that they will be performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 30. Notably, the band will be joined onstage by a brass quintet during the show. Guitarist Dan “Chewy” Mongrain wrote an eight-minute arrangement for the quintet, which will be featured on “The End Of Dormancy.”

Revocation & Voivod Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Revocation and Voivod have announced a fall co-headlining tour. Revocation will be performing “The Outer Ones” in full on this run and Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains, and Conjurer will open. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All, and Take Offense will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

09/12 Quebec City, QC – La Source (no Voivod)
09/13 Montreal, QC – Corona (no Voivod)
09/14 Toronto, ON – Opera House
09/15 Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
09/16 Chicago, IL – Metro
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
09/18 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
09/20 Edmonton, AB – Starlite
09/21 Calgary, AB – Dickens
09/23 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
09/24 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
09/25 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/27 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
09/28 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
09/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/30 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
10/01 Albuquerque, NM – LaunchPad
10/03 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live (feat. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All and Take Offense)
10/04 Austin, TX – Mohawk (feat. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All and Take Offense)
10/05 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (feat. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All and Take Offense)
10/06 New Orleans, LA – Parish – House Of Blues
10/07 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (feat. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All and Take Offense)
10/09 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/10 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/11 Worcester, MA – Palladium (‘Rock N Shock Festival‘)
10/12 Brooklyn, NY – Bazaar

YOB, Voivod, & Amenra Announce North American Tour

YOB, Voivod, and Amenra have announced a spring North American tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/26 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
03/27 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
03/28 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
03/29 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03/30 Toronto, ON – Phoenix
03/31 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
04/02 Portland, ME – Geno’s
04/03 Boston, MA – Royale
04/04 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
04/05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04/06 Richmond, VA – Broadberry
04/07 Raleigh, NC – Kings
04/09 Knoxville, TN – Concourse
04/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
04/11 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
04/12 Houston, TX – Warehouse
04/13 Austin, TX – Barracuda
04/14 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
04/16 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (no Voivod)
04/18 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red (YOB only)
04/19 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick (YOB only)

Voivod Premiere “Iconspiracy” Music Video

Voivod have premiered a new video for their new song “Iconspiracy.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Wake,” which will be released on September 21.

Frontman Denis “Snake” Bélanger commented:

“What I really like about Voivod fans is that they are all able to make their own interpretation of the lyrics or the story of our songs. This video is such a good portrait of ‘Iconspiracy; and the artist pinpoints awesome visuals in regards to the meaning and representation of the story itself. Thanks to Costin [Chioreanu], an amazing artist who did really great work for us in the past and still blows my mind every time again. Question everything! Iconspiracy!!!”

Chioreanu added:

“The most difficult task of an illustrator is to work for his all-time favourite bands. Then he becomes extremely exigent with what he creates and wants to get beyond any known limit. Obviously, this type of experiences are priceless by all means at the same time, because everything goes utterly intense and he feels like a starship exploring the Universe at full warp speed and experiencing several amazing unseen worlds per second.

‘The Wake‘ is the album of the year 2018 for me and the video I literally built from scratch for ‘Iconspiracy‘ follows the song lyrics and the spaces between them. At the same time, both the story and video fight to remain alive while trying to keep up with the infernal dynamics of the song, which represent another musical proof of the Voivod’s genius. Other than that, this video speaks by itself, just like the music, therefore who is prepared to be awaken, will be!”

Former Voivod Bassist Jean-Yves ‘Blacky’ Thériault Accuses The Band Of Cheating Him Out Of Royalties

Former Voivod bassist Jean-Yves ‘Blacky’ Thériault has issued a new press release claiming that his ex-bandmates/manager were cheating him out royalties he was owed for albums he wrote and recorded on. He went on to say that the U.K. branch of BMG have told him that he will be receiving $16,000 CAD, which he was owed for various re-releases. You can read the full statement below.

Press Release:

“Jean-Yves ‘Blacky’ Thériault, ex-bassist and co-founder of metal band Voïvod, have recently been informed by England-based disk company BMG that a sum of 16 000 $ CA which have been intentionally hidden for many years by actual drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin and manager James Maclean from Talk’s Cheap Management and AMG Toronto will retrospectively be reimbursed to him. The news have been received with a sense that justice has been done.

Thériault’s own investigation have conducted to the evidence that, following BMG official announcement about a forthcoming re-release, a payment of several thousand dollars was missing. In 2007, Away and Maclean received 7 000 pounds (approximately 14 000 $ CA) in advance for the re-release of three classical 1980’s Voïvod albums Thériault had composed with Denis ‘Piggy’ D’amour – Rrröööaaarrr, Killing Technology, Dimension Hätross.

However, when the band reformed a year later, in 2008, Away and Maclean kept Blacky in ignorance of the fact. His intuition that an advance might have had been paid by BMG to the band in order to prepare the re-release finally turned right. His scrutiny paying off, Blacky comments: “What they did is fraud, as simple as that!”. But this was not the end of his misfortunes with his former band.

After a forced departure from Voïvod in 2014, he also discovered that 50 % of his copyright on the acclaimed 2013 album Target Earth he has largely composed had been fraudulently diverted by Away and Maclean into a setup rights management company without any prior consent on his part, an act of misguidance, false representation, and fraud violating the Copyright Act, stresses Thériault.

Voïvod’s ex-bassist have tried to get his hands on other due royalties from both his former band and disk companies involved. “These are my copyright! I will keep on battling until I get every penny they owe me”, Blacky comments. Away and Maclean had always refused to resolve the contentious situation until they have been informed of possible legal actions against them.

When still a member of the band, Thériault was kept out of the decision making process. He was also prevent to criticize its outcomes, a rather dubious position against Voïvod’s founder member and major composer. Important disagreements over management and lack of transparency had obscured his last years with his former band, forcing him out in 2014 as a result.

Questioned about whether Denis ‘Snake’ Bélanger and Christine D’amour, rights owner of former guitarist legacy, are aware of the repayment he have been granted with and which they should reclaim as well, Thériault says he unsuccessfully tried to contacting them on that matter during the last months. Unfortunately, none of them replied.

Greater details of the affair will be related in Camera Obscura: lights on Voïvod a forthcoming book (2019) revisiting Blacky’s years with the band. The author, Monica Emond, collaborating with Thériault on the musical project Cœur Atomique, bases her critical bio-essay on at-length interviews and exclusive material.”