"Infini", the new album from Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD, sold around 840 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Note: Internet/digital sales **ARE** included in the SoundScan totals.) The CD landed at position No. 67 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
VOIVOD's final album featuring the group's late guitarist, Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, "Infini" was released in the U.S. on June 23 via Relapse Records. The CD, which was issued in Europe via Nuclear Blast, contains the last thirteen songs written by Piggy and again features bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted (ex-METALLICA). Jason played bass on all the songs and mixed the album, which was released as a deluxe, digipack CD and was also issued on vinyl as a double LP.
"Infini" was built from the final songs created by the band with D'Amour. All his original demo guitar tracks appear as they were recorded — with no re-amping and 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.
"Infini" track listing:
01. God Phones
02. From The Cave
04. Global Warning
05. A Room With A V.U.
06. Destroy After Reading
07. Treasure Chase
08. Krap Radio
09. In Orbit
Total running time: 57:57
Hellena Miahailidou of Metalzone.gr recently conducted an interview with VOIVOD vocalist Denis "Snake" Belanger. The chat is now available is text and audio format at this location.
Fan-filmed video footage of VOIVOD's June 23, 2009 performance at Petofi Csarnok in Budapest, Hungary can be viewed below (clips uploaded by "Csaba81").
Released in July 2006 on The End Records, VOIVOD's "Katorz" album has sold 10,300 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.