CRISIS frontwoman Karyn Crisis has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour:"I am so deeply saddened by the loss of Piggy, a consummate artist and innovator who understood that music goes so much deeper than catchy riffs and stylish trends; that it is a force which can move, inspire and empower people.
"My hope was that VOIVOD's new album would've had the chance to open young minds and re-acquaint the metal world with a band largely attributted to be the pioneers of the genre, whose haunting and hypnotic music has influenced so many bands over the past 20 years.
"I am so honored to have been able to tour with Piggy and VOIVOD and to have been accepted as a valid artist by such legendary musicians, and to have had the opportunity to contribute in a small way to the 'Phobos' album.
"It is a testament to the power of their art that VOIVOD had the courage to stay true to their vision, refusing to compromise or call it quits when the success and broad recognition they so duly deserved alluded them. But such is the path of the pioneer; to challenge the status quo and not necessarliy be accepted by it.
"I wish strength and healing upon Piggy's bandmates, girlfriend and family in this time of irreplaceable loss, and I smile knowing that there are so many wonderful moments shared with Piggy by the countless lives he has touched. His spirit most certainly lives on."