VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin has finished laying down tracks for the group's much-anticipated new album with producer Glen Robinson (VOIVOD's "Nothingface", TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Piccolo Studios in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The drummer recently started a blog about the studio work that includes studio updates, tidbits and photos. The following is Away's newest entry:
"I was finally able to finish the tracking of the album among the mayhem of the bonus DVD filming and interviews. Many thanks to Sam [Dunn] and his film crew, you guys are the best! The last song had the most commercial riff of the album, with some heavier parts to balance it out. The drums are now packed. Your turn Snake!
"I will keep the blog going throughout the vocal sessions. I will also ask Snake to write some stuff. See you tomorrow."
This is the first album in the band's 20+ year career that will not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D'Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.
In order to record the album Away — along with singer Denis "Snake" Belanger and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted — are utilizing all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.
VOIVOD's as-yet-untitled new album should surface sometime later this year on The End Records in North America.