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New SHOCKWAVE FESTIVAL TOUR 2012 Dates Announced

May 24th, 2012

Full Metal Jackie Launches Special Guitar Giveaway

Today the coordinators of SHOCKWAVE FESTIVAL TOUR 2012 announce four new dates in the inaugural North American takeover : Calgary, Amityville, Columbus, and Joliet. See updated itinerary below.

Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, SHOCKWAVE FESTIVAL TOUR 2012 stands among one of the most diversified metal tour packages of the Summer! The trek will commence on July 6 in Seattle, Washington, and feature an assorted lineup of artists including futuristic metal conjurers FEAR FACTORY and sci-fi thrash legends VOIVOD as well as CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, REVOCATION, HAVOK, DIRGE WITHIN, LAST CHANCE TO REASON, VILDHJARTA, THE BROWNING and FORGED IN FLAME. Presented by Full Metal Jackie with further sponsorships by EVH, DDrums, Intune Guitar Pics, Indie Merch, Earsplit PR, Skateboard Marketing, Burning Angel, Yetibite, The PRP, Rockin Wellness, Dirtycheese Design & Development and Blank TV, the caravan of chaos will run through August. Tickets are on sale NOW at THIS LOCATION.

To celebrate the tour, Full Metal Jackie Radio will be hosting a special contest. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an Ibanez GRG Electric Black Knight Guitar and a Festival T-shirt. Runner ups will receive: A CD prize pack which will include CATTLE DECAPITATION’s Monolith Of Inhumanity, DIRGE WITHIN’s There Will Be Blood, HAVOK’s Time Is Up, THE BROWNING’s Burn This World and VILDHJARTA’s Måsstaden. Enter HERE. And don’t forget to check out the official tour trailer HERE.

Full Metal Jackie Presents: SHOCKWAVE FESTIVAL TOUR 2012
Fear Factory, Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance To Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning and Forged In Flame

7/06/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA [TICKETS]
7/07/2012 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC [TICKETS]
7/09/2012 The Republik – Calgary, AB [TICKETS] ***
7/11/2012 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB [TICKETS]
7/12/2012 Station 4 – St Paul, MN [TICKETS]
7/13/2012 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI [TICKETS]
7/14/2012 Kool House – Toronto, ON [TICKETS]
7/15/2012 The Armouries – Windsor, ON [TICKETS]
7/17/2012 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC [TICKETS]
7/18/2012 Le National – Montreal, QC [TICKETS]
7/20/2012 Northern Lights – Clifton, NY [TICKETS]
7/21/2012 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY [TICKETS]
7/22/2012 Reverb – Reading, PA [TICKETS]
7/24/2012 Revolution – Amityville, NY [TICKETS] ***
7/25/2012 Palladium – Worcester, MA [TICKETS]
7/26/2012 Empire – West Springfield, VA [TICKETS]

7/27/2012 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH [TICKETS] ***

7/28/2012 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL [TICKETS] ***
7/29/2012 Tebala Shrine – Rockford, IL [TICKETS]
8/02/2012 Nakai Hall – Window Rock, AZ [TICKETS]
8/03/2012 The Marqee Theater – Tempe, AZ [TICKETS]
8/04/2012 House Of BluesHollywood, CA [TICKETS]
*** – New Date Added

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VOIVOD Confirmed For Montreal’s Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival

March 15th, 2012

VOIVOD has been confirmed for Montreal’s Suoni Per Il Popolo which will run from June 6 to 23. The festival – celebrating its 12th year – presents Liberation music to audiences in Montréal, Québec, according to a press release.

“Liberation music is inspired by freedom of expression, improvisation, and sonic exploration and appeals to music aficionados world wide. Liberation music is comprised of an eclectic collection of genres which includes but is not limited to free jazz, noise, electronica, turntable art, soundscapes, experimental rock, electronica, musique actuelle and spoken word. Given the context in which much of this music is made and the reaction it provokes, it is also music that resonates with progressive social movements. The festival presents both established musicians who bring a wealth of tradition, experience and history to their playing as well as younger, emerging artists.”

For more details visit Casadelpopolo.com.

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VOIVOD – Away Talks About New Album!

November 14th, 2011

VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin has checked in with a new video called Optical Vortex – Episode One. During the clip he says that the band are continuing writing new material and are expected to record in January, with hopes to release a new album in the summer of 2012 before they hit the road again. Away also talks about the upcoming release of their original demo tape from 1984 titled To The Death 84 and the 17th edition of the Roadburn Festival, where Voivod will transport you into Dimension Hatröss as part of their special headline show during the Au-delà du Réel event on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

 

VOIVOD - To The Death 84 Demo

VOIVOD - To The Death 84 Demo

To The Death 84, the album was recorded in the band’s Quebec jam space in January of 1984. The lineup for this record includes Snake (Denis Bélanger) on vocals, Piggy (Denis D’Amour) on guitar, Blacky (Jean-Yves Thériault) on bass and Away (Michel Langevin) on drums.

Aside from material that would later appear on the band’s War and Pain debut, this collection includes several other early Voivod offerings, as well as covers of MERCYFUL FATE and VENOM.

To the Death 1984 will be released on November 22nd as a CD or double LP via Alternative Tentacles.

 

The tracklisting is as follows:

‘Voivod’

‘Condemned To The Gallows’

‘Hell Driver’

‘Live For Violence’

‘War And Pain’

‘Incantation’

‘Buried Alive’ / ‘Suck Your Bone’

‘Blower’

‘Slaughter In A Grave’

‘Nuclear War’

‘Black City’

‘Iron Gang’

‘Evil’

‘Bursting Out’

‘Warriors Of Ice’

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VOIVOD – To The Death 84 Demo Of ‘Iron Gang’ Online

October 26th, 2011
VOIVOD - To The Death 84 Demo

VOIVOD - To The Death 84 Demo

Back in September, VOIVOD revealed plans to release their original demo tape from 1984. Titled To The Death 84, the album was recorded in the band’s Quebec jam space in January of 1984. The lineup for this record includes Snake (Denis Bélanger) on vocals, Piggy (Denis D’Amour) on guitar, Blacky (Jean-Yves Thériault) on bass and Away (Michel Langevin) on drums.

Aside from material that would later appear on the band’s War and Pain debut, this collection includes several other early Voivod offerings, as well as covers of MERCYFUL FATE and VENOM.

To the Death 1984 will be released on November 22nd as a CD or double LP via Alternative Tentacles.

 

The tracklisting is as follows:

‘Voivod’

‘Condemned To The Gallows’

‘Hell Driver’

‘Live For Violence’

‘War And Pain’

‘Incantation’

‘Buried Alive’ / ‘Suck Your Bone’

‘Blower’

‘Slaughter In A Grave’

‘Nuclear War’

‘Black City’

‘Iron Gang’

‘Evil’

‘Bursting Out’

‘Warriors Of Ice’

VOIVOD – Iron Gang (from To The Death 84) by AlternativeTentacles

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Roadburn – Tillburg Holland

May 27th, 2011

 

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ROADBURN FESTIVAL

TILBURG HOLLAND

013 and Mid Theatre

The 12th – 15th of April

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Once again it is April and time to return to the Roadburn festival in Tillburg, Holland. The line-up for  2011 looked absolutely awesome in every aspect.  A few of the bands who were forced to cancel their appearance last year had been re-booked (i.e. Candlemass and Evoken). Roadburn offered a nice deal of Finnish bands as well such as Hooded Menace. It was the sonic masters Sunn O))) who had been chosen to guide and be a curator of the Roadburn 2011. The members of Sunn O))) which have plenty of other bands picked up bands fitting to their taste and the concept of the Roadburn festival. Roadburn could be bigger and larger, but due to the cult status and the will of the organization of the fest, it will remain as intimate as it has been since the beginning. Metal-Rules.com got an excellent privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the second time in a row to see plenty of killer bands, smell the taste of weed with awesome people, and be a part of an awesome festival atmosphere.

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VOIVOD Launch Warriors Of Ice Live Album

April 28th, 2011
VOIVOD - Warriors Of Ice

VOIVOD - Warriors Of Ice

Canadian metallers VOIVOD have launched Warriors Of Ice, a live album recorded in Montreal. The album is now available digitally and the physical release date is set for June 14th via Indica Records.

This unique band who over the years have been able to create their own sound and path, who braved adversity and hardships – notably the death of Denis Piggy D’Amour in 2005 – are offering to their fans their first ever live record to feature original members Denis “Snake” Belanger, Michel “Away” Langevin and Jean Yves “Blacky” Theriault, and new guitar player Daniel Mongrain, thus adding onto their impressive discography that spans close to three decades.

Glen Robinson, who is renown for his work on ‘Nothingface’, recorded Voivod’s concert on December 12th 2009 at Club Soda in Montreal, the band’s adopted hometown. The concert was the first headline show in Montreal in over 10 years and was a release party for the DVD Tatsumaki Live In Japan, where they played both classics from the 80s and 90s and newer songs written with Jason Newsted of METALLICA fame, who joined Voivod on bass for 3 records, Voivod, Katorz and Infini.

On Warriors Of Ice, the listeners can hear Voivod’s more classical sound as they did on War And Pain in 1984 or Angel Rat in 1991 as well as tracks from Infini, released in 2009. All of the band’s greatest hits can be found on this record, everything from ‘Voivod’ to ‘Nuclear War’ and ‘Tribal Conversations’ and even their remake of early PINK FLOYD, ‘Astronomy Domine’, thus making this record a must-have for die-hard Voivod fans as well as a great introductory album for new fans in the making.

Voivod is currently on tour across Europe until late May and will be coming back to North America just in time for the festival season. Tour dates to be announced shortly, stay tuned.

 

Warriors Of Ice tracklisting:

 

‘Voivod’

‘The Unknown Knows’

‘The Prow’

‘Ripping Headaches’

‘Ravenous Medicine’

‘Tribal Convictions’

‘Overreaction’

‘Panorama’

‘Global Warning’

‘Treasure Chase’

‘Tornado’

‘Nothingface’

‘Brain Scan’

‘Nuclear War’

‘Astronomy Domine’

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VOIVOD To Release Live Album, New Studio CD This Year

January 11th, 2011

Drummer Michel “Away” Langevin of Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD tells myTELUS in a new interview that the band is planning on releasing a live album and a new studio CD in 2011. In addition, the group is scheduled “to tour in Chile, USA, Europe and Russia.”

VOIVOD will take part in the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which is set to sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts will appear at the event.

VOIVOD‘s new DVD, “Tatsumaki: Voivod in Japan 2008″, was released on November 17, 2009 via MVD Entertainment Group. The disc contains professionally filmed footage (three-camera shoot) of VOIVOD‘s September 20, 2008 concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan. The band was in Japan taking part in the two-night Thrash Domination 2008 event alongside TESTAMENT and FORBIDDEN.

“Infini”, the latest album from VOIVOD, landed at position No. 67 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

VOIVOD‘s final album featuring the group’s late guitarist, Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, “Infini” was released in the U.S. on June 23, 2009 via Relapse Records. The CD, which was issued in Europe via Nuclear Blast, contains the last thirteen songs written by Piggy and again features bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted (ex-METALLICA). Jason played bass on all the songs and mixed the album, which was released as a deluxe, digipack CD and was also issued on vinyl as a double LP.

Roxwel has uploaded VOIVOD interview and performance footage filmed in March 2010 during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Watch the clip at: http://www.roxwel.com/embed/voivodinterview

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VOIVOD confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

November 9th, 2010
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

While the ship is steaming North through the St George’s Channel into the Irish Sea, they received more news from their North American scouting party: After they were released from custody they went to Montréal, Canada. How could they not pick up VOIVOD before proceeding South again? 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival: 35 out of 40 bands are known. Who will be the last ones allowed on board? You shall know soon!

The 35 out of 40 confirmed bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Blackguard
Blind Guardian

Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore

Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sabaton

Sanctuary

Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Voivod

Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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VOIVOD Members Contribute to ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’

August 17th, 2010
VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

Bazillion Points Books is proud to announce the late 2010 release of ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’, by Jeff Wagner-a former editor of Metal Maniacs magazine and veteran supporter of metal’s most risk-taking bands. Wagner analyzes the heady side of metal in this exhaustive history of a relentlessly ambitious musical subculture. The book features extensive original artwork throughout by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, including the lavish front cover which can be viewed at this location:

http://www.mean-deviation.com

The book’s foreword was penned by PORCUPINE TREE founder Steven Wilson. Revered in progressive rock circles, the multi-talented Wilson is also highly respected by metalheads as producer of three landmark Opeth albums. As he writes: “In Jeff Wagner’s MEAN DEVIATION, we now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music, and the myriad variation of styles that it has given rise to…In the meantime, metal continues to mutate and evolve, sometimes in the most unexpected ways, demonstrating that it is far from spent and is, in fact, the most flexible of musical forms.”

Beginning with 1970s progressive rock acts Rush and King Crimson, MEAN DEVIATION unfurls a colorful tapestry of sounds and styles, from the “Big Three” of 1980s prog metal-Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater-to extreme pioneers Voivod, Watchtower, and Arcturus. As sparks of inspiration spread to obscure outposts in Scandinavia, Florida, and Japan, progressive metal burst into full creative flame with the successes of prog metal overlords Opeth, Meshuggah, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, and many others.

“One thing prog metal certainly is, is metal,” Wagner continues. “Hard and bold and brash, but refined, adulterated, and mutated. Progressive metal is heavy metal taken somewhere illuminating and sometimes bizarre.”

Weighing in at 400 pages, the heavily-illustrated book includes a 16-page color photo insert, a constellation of appendixes, and a full index. For more information, and to preorder, visit:

http://www.mean-deviation.com

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VoiVod – Live In Montreal, Canada – December 12, 2009 Club Soda

January 16th, 2010

VoiVod – Live In Montreal, Canada

December 12, 2009 Club Soda

Live Review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

VoiVod live in Montreal

10 years! That’s what it took to Voïvod to play a headlining concert again in their adoptive hometown of Montreal! That’s quite long but it’s not that unusual in this case, the new momentum achieved by the return of long-departed singer “Snake” to the fold at the beginning of this decade was stopped by the premature death of founding member and riff-master “Piggy” in 2005.

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Jalometalli 2009

October 20th, 2009

 

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The Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival has gained its status as well as place on the Finnish festival map. Although there are plenty of metal oriented festivals arranged all around in Finland, the Jalometalli festival has found its own style and approach in the metal festival offering in Finland. It doesn’t rely on the current hot names on the market like Volbeat and so on, instead the festival offers a more interesting line-up mostly consisting of old school thrash metal and of course death and black metal by having bands which have either never or rarely visited Finland. Especially several 80s thrash metal legends such as Whiplash, Agent Steel have never been seen on the soil of Finland. Now it is about time. Therefore the Metal-Rules.com team made a real assault at Jalometalli by witnessing plenty of killer bands and seeing the general atmosphere and here is the result.

                           Article by Niko Karppinen, Arto Lehtinen, Luxi Lahtinen

                                                     Pics by Arto Lehtinen



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VoiVod – Michel “Away” Langevin

August 29th, 2009

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Interview by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova

Pics by Arto Lehtinen

Transcripted by Antaura Zed

 

The legendary Canadian Voivod have been crisscorssed Europe during the summer of 2009 doing a number of festival dates. The four piece made their first and highly anticipated visit to Finland at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu. It was therefore time to talk to the band’s soul and visonary Michel Langevin (aka Away) about the band’s most recent album INFINI. They albed just recently saw the light of day and has received positive reactions. Away sheds more light on the future of Voivod, talks about the new album, and takes a glance at the past.


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From Hell’s Heart – Giving Up The Ghost (April 2009)

April 4th, 2009

From Hell’s Heart: April 2009

"Giving Up The Ghost"

From Hells Heart...

In most cases, no one likes to run down another’s hard work. Whether or not someone “likes” what a musician has laid down is entirely subjective and varies from person to person, but a critic’s job is to defragment and spout with some intelligence just why an artist’s bread and butter is, well, dried up and moldy.

Which brings us to the topic du jour: “Giving Up The Ghost.” Once a band has passed its’ “best before” date, like a carton of rancid milk or that take-out food that got pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten, it should be disposed of to avoid exposing innocents to its foul appearance and acrid reek. Sadly, most musicians’ devote their lives to their art and once the commercial well has dried up, they are left with no means of supporting themselves once the days of being mobbed by fans and dating strippers has passed. Others fail to realize—or admit—their own popularity decline and carry on as if the glory days still exist.

Such is the subject of the resurrected “From Hell’s Heart” column here at Metal-Rules.com.


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E-FORCE – Vocalist and basist Eric Forrest (ex-Voivod)

October 4th, 2008

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Eric Forrest – Vocalist and basist of E-Force

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Live pictures by Eva Tristessa (Stormblast) 


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Eric Forrest, whom many remember from his days spent fronting the legendary Voivod, and replacing Snake, has got his own band E-Force going on. E-Force relies more on a straight-forward thrash sound; the sound Eric has always loved, and has now a possibility to bring out his own musical visions (or perversions – or whatever, ha!) through it. E-force´s debut album, EVIL FORCES, saw the light of day in 2003 on the French Seasons of Mist label, receiving a good amount of positive response from all over the world.

As some of us already know, E-Force was started in Montreal, Canada in 2001 – and the band was forced to go through a drastic line-up change when Eric moved to Toulouse, France in 2003. A new line-up around E-Force, was however found soon, and the band became ready to record their follow-up album in the end of 2007.

MODIFIED POISON is E-Force´s new album, featuring 11 thrash songs with a side order of “shreddzilla” – plus an unreleased Voivod cover song "Victory", which Eric also considers as his own personal tribute to Denis ´Piggy´ D´Amour who passed away due to Colon Cancer on August 26th, 2005. 

Eric was kind enough to talk to Metal-Rules.com about his whole history in bands from a Maiden/Antrax -tinged Thunder Circus to Voivod to his current band E-Force – as well as revealing some new, yet interesting things about Voivod´s plans for the band´s last album, DVD plans – and just much more… 


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VoiVod – Snake (Denis Belanger)

June 16th, 2006

VoiVod – Vocalist, Snake (Denis Belanger)
Interviewed by EvilG
Interview Questions by EvilG and Arto
Transcribed by EvilG

It must be hard for VoiVod to talk about the painful topic of Piggy’s death and to continue the band without him (Denis “Piggy” D’Amour passed away on August 26, 2005 due to cancer). Despite Piggy’s physical absence, he is still quite present since his guitar tracks for the forthcoming VoiVod album KATORZ were already prepared in advance. In this interview with VoiVod vocalist Snake, we talk about the new album, playing live, DVD plans, and much more.  Enjoy!

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