Voivod's trust

Voivod's Trust

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On the eve of its 40th anniversary, the Voivod team is alive as ever. Inspired, she will release a 15th album entitled Synchro Anarchy. An opus where the Québécois quartet merges metal, jazz and progressive rock.

“It's an exciting time and we're benefiting greatly from it,” said drummer Michel “Away” Langevin in a telephone interview.

The great reception received for the album < em>The Wake had a more than positive effect on the pioneering formation of Quebec metal.

The Wake, which was very complicated, was accepted by fans, magazines, and it won the Juno for metal/hard album of the year in 2018. This increased our level of confidence. Our mission was to make an album as good or if not better than The Wake,” the drummer said.

Synchro Anarchy will be launched February 11. The titles Planet Eaters and Paranormalium, already unveiled, will be followed, between now and the launch, by two other singles. The pandemic has changed the order of things. The idea is to maintain a presence at a time when it is complex and impossible to get on stage. 

The nine titles of Synchro Anarchy were developed during the period of confinement and then, last summer, in the studio.

“It's an album that was designed in a particular way and by sharing files online. We usually do this together in the same room. The operation turned out to be a real headache that made us discover a new way of working,” said Michel Langevin.

New avenues

< p>Denis “Snake” Bélanger, Michel “Away” Langevin, Dominic “Rocky” Laroche and Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain found that this formula was to allow them, in the future, to release their albums more closely together.  

The titles of Synchro Anarchy speak of alienation, dystopia, classic Voivod-style sci-fi themes and the world we live in. 

The World Today refers to the importance of contributing and participating if you want to live in a better world. It's an album – even if there's an energy and an urgency to it – that's still pretty dark lyrically. It’s very representative of the context on planet Earth right now,” the founding member remarked.

Synchro Anarchyis an alloy of metal, jazz and progressive rock. Voivod's new line-up, with Dominic Laroche and Daniel Mongrain, according to the drummer, is becoming more and more assertive. 

“There are ingredients from each period of Voivod with a new futuristic edge. We went back to more progressive sounds and I love it. We explore new avenues each time we meet. We have more and more taste in our approach and it's getting better and better,” said Away, a fan of Soft Machine, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator and Magma bands.

Very present

Voivod was to begin a tour of Europe on February 13. North America was on the schedule for the summer and the quartet was then scheduled to travel to Japan, Australia and South America.

“Everything was turned upside down. The European part has been postponed until the fall. Fingers crossed that the North American segment can take place this summer. The logistics surrounding a tour are at the moment, with visas, nightmarish,” said the drummer from Jonquière.

Until the situation returns to some semblance of normality, Voivod has intend to be present. One way or another.

“We will definitely be performing online again and revisiting some of our albums, like we did with Nothingface and < em>Dimension Hatröss. We could do the same with Angel Rate, Killing Technology, The Outer Limitsor maybe even with the new album. We will also release vinyl of the albums Nothingface, Angel Rat and a box set featuring Killing Technology, which turns 35 next year. , Rrröööaaarrr and Dimension Hatröss. We will be very present over the next two years,” he said.

A documentary is also on the way. The group would like to launch it on the occasion of Voivod's 40th anniversary in 2023. Production has been slowed down due to the pandemic.

Michel Langevin admits that the current situation, where everything is turned upside down, is far to be obvious. Even though the drummer is busy, on a daily basis, with Voivod's upcoming projects and with his career as an illustrator.

“It's super difficult. The drums have always been, for me, a way to evacuate my stress. I grew up with the fear of a nuclear war. And that's something that still scares me to this day. What I miss is to evacuate that on the drums”, he dropped.

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