VOIVOD’s new album, ‘Target Earth,’ Out Now

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have now released their 13th studio album, Target Earth. (To hear Target Earth in its entirety, please head over to Loudwire.com for the album stream).

Recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard’s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM), Target Earth features artwork by drummer Away (Michel Langevin), who used color schemes from each one of the band’s previous albums to make this new masterpiece. The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991’s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist Chewy (Daniel Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Piggy’s (Denis D’Amour) riffs, and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003’s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.

Read on for a few reviews of VOIVOD’s critically acclaimed Target Earth:

“…the long-awaited proper follow-up to [‘Nothingface’].” — DECIBEL MAGAZINE (8/10)

“…the songs have enough complexity, heaviness, and clever arrangements to make ‘Target Earth’ the most riveting VOIVOD album in more than 20 years.” — OUTBURN MAGAZINE (8/10)

“‘Target Earth’ is an instant classic…a contender for Best Metal Album of 2013.” — METAL SUCKS.net

“Thirty years in, these Canadian legends are still cranking out vital and ripping tracks…” — BROOKLYN VEGAN.com

“This is VOIVOD back to business with their best record since 1990’s ‘Nothingface.'” — AOL NOISECREEP.com

VOIVOD online:
http://www.voivod.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Voivod
http://www.irongang.com
http://www.voivod.net
http://www.myspace.com/voivod
http://www.voivodfan.com

Voivod Targets Earth: An Interview with Dan “Chewy” Mongrain

Voivod has become synonimous with gaining one’s true understanding of the history of metal. Hailing from Jonquière, Québec, Canada, Voivod started out in the early 80’s and has been astounding our ears with their unique brand of speed, thrash, and prog metal that has been so influential and inspirational to so many in the biz today. With their new release, Target Earth, and recording with Dan “Chewy” Mongrain (who replaced Denis D’Amour due to his unfortunate death), Voivod is ready for an amazing 2013. Pittsburgh Music Magazine had a chance to speak with Dan about the band’s plans and what else is happening in the world of Voivod…

What are Voivod’s plans for touring?

Hi there! Well, after the album’s out in January, we’re gonna tour as much as we can and at as many places as we can. We’re going to Chile in April for a start, gonna probably do shows before that of course. As for touring Europe and the states, there is nothing I can talk about right now, but we’re gonna go there for sure! It’s gonna be a busy year for Voivod!

How was your studio experience, considering this is your first time recording with the band?

It was just fantastic! We worked well together as a team, the vibe was awesome. It’s one of the best creative journeys I’ve experienced so far in my career.

The music business has changed so much since the inception of Voivod. How are the members adapting to the new ways of promotion and communication?

I think we’re doing pretty good, but I think the best way to promote the band is still touring since it advertises us in as many places possible. That’s where the music, the very core of your art, is at its best– when it’s live.

Do you have any favorite pieces from the new effort?

I have a hard time finding any “favorite” things in life, it changes all the time. It depends on how I feel. I’m very proud of the whole album. It’s like asking a parent if they have a favorite child…
It’s kind of a trap. I really enjoy playing “Mechanical Mind” and “Kluskap O’ Kom” onstage, I love the outro of the album. I dig “Warchaic” for its dynamics and build up. I also like “Empathy for the Enemy” for its melodic and progressive sides…I appreciate the whole album really, each song for a different reason.

Can you give our readers a bit of a rig rundown?

In the studio, it was just my Gibson Les Paul classic with Burstbuckers pick-ups through a JCM 800 and a Marshall 4×12 cabinets with greenback speaker. Also, I doubled each track with a Triple rectifier through a Hiwat Cab. I used my custom made Liberatore for some solos and my Fender thin-line telecaster in a Tone King amp for clean sounds.
On tour I just use a Radial Plexitube tone bone distortion pedal through a T.C Electronic G-Major for FX, then send the signal to a JCM 800 or a Mesa dual rectifier on the clean channel for EQ only. That’s it. I use a voodoo lab Ground Control pro as pedal switcher and a RJM Mini effect Gizmo as loop switcher.

Do you believe that there are aliens, and if so, why?

I believe in forms of life in other places than the earth because it seems very logical and probable to me.

What are your favorite bands to cover or jam to?

Besides Voivod? Hahaha! I don’t have such a hobby. I prefer to practice and learn country licks or Jazz improvisation concepts. Transcribe some songs or solos…I mean, I’m teaching music in college full time, and I’m involved in at least three serious projects, plus I’m a freelance musician, so when I have spare time…I usually do something else than music. Like beer tasting at my favorite Micro-Brewery (Hopfenstark), fishing, or riding my bicycle.

Any new bands that you really like out there now?

New bands…Like I said, I’m not a big music listener for now because I’m pretty much 24/7 into music.
The last band that caught my attention is a band called Virus from Norway. They made me want to listen to more music again.

VOIVOD Premieres New Track, “Target Earth”

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have now premiered the title track from their upcoming 13th studio album, Target Earth, on Metal Sucks.net! To hear the track, click the link below:

http://www.metalsucks.net/2012/11/27/exclusive-track-premiere-voivods-target-earth/

To hear the album’s first single, “Mechanical Mind,” please click here.

Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Target Earth was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard’s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band’s previous albums.

The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991’s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D’Amour’s riffs and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003’s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.

VOIVOD Premieres ‘Target Earth’ Artwork, Reveals Album Details

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have premiered the artwork for their 13th studio album, Target Earth, on the band’s official Facebook page.

The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band’s’ previous albums.

Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Target Earth was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard’s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The album will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set (details on that to be announced soon).

The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991’s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D’Amour’s riffs and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003’s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.

The official track-listing for Target Earth can be seen below.
Target Earth
Kluskap O’Kom
Empathy for the Enemy
Mechanical Mind
Warchaic
Resistance
Kaleidos
Corps Étranger
Artefact
Defiance
To hear the album’s first single, “Mechanical Mind,” please click here.

VOIVOD live 2012
10/26–La Riviera–Madrid, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/27–Razzmatazz 2–Barcelona, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/30–MILK Club–Moscow, Russia
10/31–Nosturi–Helsinki, Finland
11/17–Fox Theater–Oakland, CA **with NEUROSIS, YOB**

VOIVOD releases “Mechanical Mind” digital single

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have released the first single from their upcoming 13th studio album, Target Earth (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America), today. “Mechanical Mind” is now available on all digital platforms; to download the track on iTunes, please click here. The “Mechanical Mind” 7″ vinyl will be available exclusively at CM Distro soon (with the VOIVOD skull etching by the band’s own drummer Away as the “b-side”). The 7″ will be available in the following colors and quantities:

300 black
100 red
100 blue

To hear “Mechanical Mind,” please head over to Pitchfork.com for the track stream.

VOIVOD has also announced their only US appearance this year: on November 17th, the band will support NEUROSIS in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater. For more event information, please click here.

To get the latest VOIVOD updates, be sure to download the band’s new free app for mobile smart phones here:

iPhone
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voivod/id543666457?mt=8
Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobilecartel.voivod&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5tb2JpbGVjYXJ0ZWwudm9pdm9kIl0.
Blackberry
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/130055/?lang=en

Stay tuned for more news about Target Earth and VOIVOD coming soon!

VOIVOD live 2012
10/11–Loppen–Copenhagen, Denmark **with UNKIND**
10/12–Betong–Oslo, Norway **with UNKIND**
10/13–Brew House–Gothenburg, Sweden **with UNKIND**
10/14–Hafenklang–Hamburg, Germany **with UNKIND**
10/16–Cassiopeia–Berlin, Germany **with UNKIND**
10/17–Progresja–Warsaw, Poland **with UNKIND**
10/18–HooDoo Club–Prague, Czech Republic **with UNKIND**
10/19–Dürer Kert–Budapest, Hungary **with UNKIND**
10/20–Bloom Club–Mezzago (Milan), Italy **with UNKIND**
10/21–Bad Bonn–Düdingen, Switzerland
10/22–Le Korigan–Luynes, France
10/23–Totem–Pamplona, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/24–Cine Teatro–Corroios, Portugal
10/25–Capitol–Santiago de Compostela, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/26–La Riviera–Madrid, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/27–Razzmatazz 2–Barcelona, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/30–MILK Club–Moscow, Russia
10/31–Nosturi–Helsinki, Finland
11/17–Fox Theater–Oakland, CA **with NEUROSIS, YOB**

VOIVOD premieres new single, “Mechanical Mind”

In anticipation of their upcoming 13th studio album, Target Earth (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America), Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD will be releasing the album’s first single, “Mechanical Mind,” as a digital download and as a 7″ vinyl (with the VOIVOD skull etching by the band’s own drummer Away as the “b-side”) on October 8th in Europe and October 9th in North America. To hear “Mechanical Mind” and to get your first preview of Target Earth, please head over to Pitchfork.com for the exclusive track stream:

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14327-mechanical-mind/

To get the latest VOIVOD updates, be sure to download the band’s new free app for mobile smart phones here:

iPhone
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voivod/id543666457?mt=8
Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobilecartel.voivod&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5tb2JpbGVjYXJ0ZWwudm9pdm9kIl0.
Blackberry
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/130055/?lang=en

Stay tuned for more news about Target Earth and VOIVOD coming soon!