Voivod (band)

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Voivod was a Canadian band and reportedly the first to describe themselves as cyberpunk. Originally from the Saguenay region of Quebec, Voivod formed in 1982 as a heavy metal band.

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Influenced equally by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the Reagan-era Cold War, their early, post-apocalyptic music would later evolve into outright science fiction. Voivod reached the peak of their popularity with the 1989 release Nothingface which featured a cover version of Pink Floyd's Astronomy Domine (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn). They would later cover another Pink Floyd song, The Nile Song (from More), on their 1993 release The Outer Limits.

Two of the four founding members (bassist Jean-Yves Thériault and vocalist Denis Bélanger) left Voivod in the early 1990s. The band recorded three albums as a trio in the late 1990s with new member Eric Forrest handling both vocals and bass guitar. Forrest was badly injured in a car accident in Germany in 1998, and that incarnation of Voivod never regained the momentum they lost during his rehabilitation. Voivod briefly disbanded in 2001 before Bélanger returned to the band. The current incarnation of Voivod features three of the four founding members: Denis Belanger (aka Snake, vocals), Denis D'Amour (Piggy, guitars), and Michel Langevin (Away, drums) along with Jason Newsted (Jasonic, of Flotsam and Jetsam and Metallica) on bass guitar. Their most recent record is Voivod, released in March 2003.

Discography

  • War & Pain 1984 (Metal Blade Records)
  • Rrröööaaarrr 1986 (Noise Records)
  • Killing Technology 1987 (Noise Records)
  • Dimension Hatröss 1988 (Noise Records)
  • Nothingface 1989 (Mechanic / MCA Records)
  • Angel Rat 1991 (Mechanic / MCA Records)
  • The Outer Limits 1993 (Mechanic / MCA Records)
  • Negatron 1995 (Hypnotic Records)
  • Phobos 1997 (Hypnotic Records)
  • Kronik (EP) 1998 (Slipdisc Hypnotic Records)
  • Voivod Lives (live) 2000 (Metal Blade Records)
  • Voivod 2003 (Chophouse Records / Surfdog Records)

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