Voivod

Voivod are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Jonquière, Quebec, Canada. Influenced equally by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the burgeoning hardcore punk scene and 70’s Progressive rock, they forged a distinctive brand of heavy music that often relied on lyrical themes such as Reagan-era Cold War politics, post-apocalyptic literature and science fiction. Their musical style has changed several times since the band’s origin in the early 1980s. Starting out as a speed metal band, they have added a mix of progressive metal and thrash metal to try to create their own unique metal style.

In 1987, “Killing Technology” began the band’s evolution in earnest, with the character from Voivod’s album covers (drawn by drummer Away and named as “Korgull” on 1986’s Rrroooaaarrr) significantly being depicted in a spaceship. The band found mainstream success in the late 1980s with its most successful album “Nothingface” in 1989, which was the first album to enter the Billboard 200 charts, peaking at number 114. Their most recent studio album is 2009’s “Infini”, which was released on June 23 and contains songs that were recorded prior to guitarist Piggy’s death in 2005.

Other Information

  • Origin: Jonquière, Quebec, Canada
  • Genres: Speed metal (early), Heavy metal, Progressive metal, Thrash metal
  • Years active: 1982-present
  • Labels: Relapse Records, Metal Blade Records, Noise Records, MCA Records, Mausoleum Records, Hypnotic Records, Chophouse Records, The End Records
  • Website: http://www.voivod.net
  • Members:
  1. Denis “Snake” Bélanger – vocals
  2. Denis “Piggy” D’Amour – guitars
  3. Jason “Jasonic” Newsted – bass
  4. Michel “Away” Langevin – drums, percussion

Videos

Releases

  • War and Pain (1984)
  • Rrröööaaarrr (1986)
  • Killing Technology (1987)
  • Dimension Hatröss (1988)
  • Nothingface (1989)
  • Angel Rat (1991)
  • The Outer Limits (1993)
  • Negatron (1995)
  • Phobos (1997)
  • Voivod (2003)
  • Katorz (2006)
  • Infini (2009)

Demos

  • Anachronism (1983)
  • To the Death (1984)
  • Morgoth Invasion (1984)
  • No Speed Limit Weekend (1986)
  • Dimension Hatröss Demos (1987)
  • Live à Bruxelles (1987)
  • Spectrum (1987)
  • Nothingface Demos (1988)
  • A Flawless Structure? (1988)
  • Angel Rat (1990)
  • Negatron Demos (1994)
  • 6-song demo (2000)

EPs

  • Thrashing Rage (1986)
  • Cockroaches (1987)
  • From The Forthcoming Album Nothingface – Four Song Sampler (1989)
  • Angel Rat Sampler (1991)
  • The Lost Machine / Jack Luminous (1993)
  • Live @ Musiqueplus (2000)

Splits

  • The Sounds Machine EP 2 (1988)
  • Dessau / Voivod (1996)

Compilations

  • The Best of Voivod (1992)
  • Kronik (1998)

DVDs

  • D-V-O-D-1 (2005)
  • Tatsumaki: Voivod in Japan (2009)

Links

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~ by molco on December 2, 2009.

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