Quebec, CA
Artist / Band / Musician
The End Records
VOIVOD have released Infini, the final album featuring guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour. The album is out now on Relapse records, Sonic Unyon in Canada, the mighty Nuclear Blast in Europe and JVC records in Japan.
The album features the last songs written by Denis "Piggy" D'Amour and again features bassist Jason ‘Jasonic’ Newsted (ex-Metallica). Jason plays bass on all songs and also mixed the album. Infini is available as a deluxe digipack CD and on vinyl as a double LP. Tracklisting: God Phones, From The Cave, Earthache, Global Warning, A Room With A V.U., Destroy After Reading, Treasure Chase, Krap Radio, In Orbit, Deathproof, Pyramidome, Morpheus and Volcano.
VOIVOD’s newest record Infini may be their last as VOIVOD. This was a record built from the final songs created by the band with Denis D’Amour aka Piggy. All his original demo guitar tracks appear as they were recorded, no re-amping, no overdubs, just Piggy as he played the tracks he envisioned in his small bachelor apartment, the amp in the bathroom, capturing his performance with the laptop given to him by Jason.
There were many discussions and ideas as to how to complete these recordings of songs that had never been actually performed with the whole band in one room. Drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin went into a studio in Montreal with engineer Glen Robinson and tracked his drum parts, and Jason waited anxiously to get the tracks to add his bass parts which he recorded with Enrique Gonzalez M�ller at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, then Denis ‘Snake’ Belanger tracked his vocals with Glen in Montreal afterwards. Jason and Enrique mixed the record in San Francisco over the holidays of '08 and Infini was born.
Truly a collaborative effort, Infini is an album that came together from a respect and belief that these songs written with Piggy deserved to be heard. In light of this sentiment, the band agreed to play some summer festivals in 2008 and some shows in Japan with original bass player Jean-Yves ‘Blacky’ Theriault and fellow Montrealer Dan Mongrain of the band MARTYR on guitar, playing all classic era Voivod material. Dan is a technical wizard on guitar; his own band MARTYR is a well respected extreme prog metal band. It was a risky move but the fans and the band were happy with the outcome so much so that the lineup continues to this day. They performed at over 30 Festivals in 2009 all over Europe, Canada and Mexico, hooking up pals Down for a tour of Canada and some dates in Europe as well. (Please visit http://www.voivod.com for all dates.)
Snake summed it up this way, “If we don’t play live anymore then the songs die with Piggy, and he wouldn’t want that, his genius deserves to be heard by new and life long fans.”
Jason Newsted is still a member of VOIVOD and one day there may be live shows performing the songs from the last three records that Jason was very much a part of (Voivod, Katorz and Infini). Currently the band is working on a short clip on the making of Infini.
2010 sees Voivod touring the USA with Kreator, a trip to SXSW, Wacken Festival among many other European Festivals as well as dates in Russia, and more Canadian shows.
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