[Entrevue] “Forgotten in space”: Voivod didn’t shout everything

World legends of scream metal, Quebec group Voived Jonquiere celebrates its fortieth anniversary with grandeur. After re-releasing his classic album earlier this year nothing mouth Released in 1989, now a fantastic box set (CD and vinyl) bringing together three of his first four albums is out next Friday. “He’s great! Delighted Michel “Away” Langevin, drummer, official archivist and illustrator of the band’s album covers. “I’ve scanned photos and drawings that have never been published, I’m really pleased,” he said of the box set. Forgotten in spaceStuff with unreleased demos and live recordings.

“When I’m not on tour or in the studio with Voivod, I take the opportunity to digitize all the archives we have”, adds “Away”, and God knows how many he’s managed to accumulate over a forty-year career. “Fans send us old concerts on VHS” that testify to the group’s musical evolution, first inspired by thrash metal and leading to its masterpieces. nothing mouthAdopted progressive rock influences, innovating the planet’s metal scene.

The three albums featured in the box set, rrrrrr (1986), Killing technology (1987) and Hatrus levels (1988), all released by the German label Noise Records (bought by BMG), allow us to follow the fascinating musical evolution of these gifted rock stoners. rrrrrr Surprisingly brutal, almost punk in energy, the compositions performed on the following two albums, notably: Killing technologyFirst witness to the group’s musical singularity.

We were super dedicated. We practiced every night, and we had to create our ideas at lightning speed as we were recording our records in Berlin and then we were going on tour. I still can’t believe we’ve done this every year, an album, a world tour and more! Since 1986, everything has gone very fast.

Illustrator Michel Langevin gets tenfold from complimenting the box graphics, which highlight the drawing of the group’s mascot, Korgul, which appears on the cover for the first time. War and pain (1984), the band’s debut album.

“It was the cover image of Iron Maiden’s first album that hit me — I was immediately drawn to the cover and said to myself, ‘This is my new favorite band,’ even though I didn’t know what it sounded like. And when I dropped the needle on the record, it was as I imagined. That’s exactly what we did. So when designing the first album cover I told myself that it had to represent our music as faithfully as possible: the Cold War concept, the apocalyptic and fantasy side. heavy metal Langevin added, referring to the animated film heavy metal (1981) and its futuristic aesthetic derived from French comic book magazines screaming metal.

“What was great with Voivode was that we evolved to where everything was connected: the music could influence the drawings and the drawings could influence the lyrics and the lyrics. Everything was progressing at the same time – it must be said that, when we moved to Montreal in 1985 Come, all the members of the group then lived in the same apartment”, on a second floor on rue Ontario near de Lorimier, where the group could live. Make all the noise he wanted. “All these years we’ve been there in the new box, in the years of Noise Records, developing our sound, our text, our concept. We were super dedicated. We practiced every night, and we had to create our ideas at lightning speed as we were recording our records in Berlin and then we were going on tour. I still can’t believe we’ve done this every year, an album, a world tour and more! Since 1986, everything has gone very fast. »

More popular than ever!

Forty years after its creation, Voivod is still very popular in Europe and North America, assures Michel Langevin, who recently completed a US tour that stopped on June 18 in New York State, at the Pure Filth festival, where the band was inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame. .

“I’m glad Voivod still exists, because when I work on reissues, there’s a lot of nostalgia and sadness about a lot of memories, for example the death of Dennis D’Amore. A memorial project for the guitarist, who left his mark on the sound of metal through the use of a type of chord known as the “devil’s chord”, is currently seeking crowdfunding. Sculptor Fred Laforge’s work will reach about three meters and will be installed at Place Nikitautagan in the Jonquier sector of Saguenay. “If the band no longer existed, I think I would be sad to see our old material. »

Michel Langevin has confirmed that an album of original compositions will be released next year. As well as a compilation, a reissue of the album recorded in 2003 with Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica bassist) and the last studio album to feature the late Dennis “Piggy” D’Amore, who died two years later. The program also includes a book and a documentary on the group.

“We are more popular than ever! said Langevin, who whispered in our ear during our conversation that he and his colleagues Denis “Snake” Belanger, Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain and Dominique “Rocky” Laroche would be delighted if ADISQ awarded them the Felix Homage Award. one day Equivalently.

Space is forgotten

Voivod, BMG. Available July 29 on vinyl and CD.

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