Voivod Win At 2019 Juno Awards

Voivod’s “The Wake” won the “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year” award at this year’s Juno Awards. You can see footage of them accepting the honor below:

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Tronos (Napalm Death, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Birth Womb”

Tronos, the project led by Shame Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, etc.) and producer Russ Russell (At The Gates, Napalm Death), have premiered a new song titled “Birth Womb.” The group said the following:

“This song talks about sacrifice, betrayal of emotion and the process of feeling temporary defeat. But in experiencing these feelings you realise that you can be a stronger person for the experience, the knowledge that maybe you are not unique and we are all dealing with our personal trials on a day-to-day basis.”

“Birth Womb” is from the band’s debut album “Celestial Mechanics,” which will be released on April 12. It’s worth noting that Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork) handled the drumming for the effort and that it will also feature Faith No More’s Billy Gould (bass), Mastodon’s Troy Sanders (bass), Voivod’s Denis “Snake” Belanger (vocals), Nuclear Assault’s Dan Lilker (bass), and The Wonder Stuff’s Erica Nockalls (vocals/violin).

“Celestial Mechanics” Track Listing:

01. “Walk Among The Dead Things”
02. “Judas Cradle”
03. “The Ancient Deceit”
04. “The Past Will Wither And Die”
05. “A Treaty With Reality”
06. “Voyeurs Of Nature’s Tragedies”
07. “Birth Womb”
08. “Premonition”
09. “Beyond The Stream Of Conciousness”
10. “Johnny Blade” (Black Sabbath cover)

Voivod, Kobra And The Lotus, Beyond Creation, Etc. Nominated For 2019 JUNO Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2019 JUNO Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 17 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON and the nominees for the rock/metal categories can be found below:

“Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year”:

  • Beyond Creation – “Algorythm”
  • Cancer Bats – “The Spark That Moves”
  • KEN mode – “Loved”
  • Kobra And The Lotus – “Prevail II”
  • Voivod – “The Wake“

“Rock Album Of The Year”:

  • Three Days Grace – “Outsider”
  • Monster Truck – “True Rockers”
  • Arkells – “Rally Cry”
  • The Sheepdogs – “Changing Colours”
  • The Trews – “Civilianaires”

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)

Deicide & Tormentor Added To 2019 Maryland Deathfest

Deicide and Tormentor have been added to the 2019 Maryland Deathfest. The event will take place at the Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD on May 23-26 and the updated daily lineups can be seen below.

May 23 (Rams Head Live): Voivod, Church of Misery, Rippikoulu, Spectral Voice, and Churchburn.

May 23 (Soundstage): Immolation, Guttural Secrete, Regurgitation, Malignancy, Outre-Tombe, Hideous, and Inhumation.

May 24 (Rams Head Live): Tormentor, Vomitory, Pestilence, Anaal Nathrakh, Naglfar, Disharmonic Orchestra, Zemial, Obliteration, Skaphe, and Daeva.

May 24 (Soundstage): Cro-Mags, Carnivore A.D., Indian, Full of Hell, Primitive Man, Tomb Mold, Disassociate, Ampallang Infection, and Asylum.

May 25 (Rams Head Live): Deicide, Borknagar, Revenge, Benediction, Scour, Brutality, Blood, True Black Dawn, Dead In The Manger, and Deletere.

May 25 (Soundstage): Mortician, Devourment, Frightmare, Squash Bowels, G.O.D., Sulaco, TFD, Neckbeard Deathcamp, Drogheda, Sorrower, and Endorphins Lost.

May 26 (Rams Head Live): Unleashed, Messiah, Violator, Unanimated, Bethlehem, The Chasm, Fleshcrawl, Mortuary, Majestic Downfall, and Merrimack.

May 26 (Soundstage): D.R.I., Lowlife (Cryptic Slaughter tribute), Accused A.D., Hummingbird Of Death, Hell Bent, Beton, Theories, Ordeals, Hard Charger, and Vault Dweller.

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.”