Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD will release their new studio album, "The Wake", on September 21 via Century Media Records. The official music video — directed by Eric Massicotte and Pierre Duplessis — for the disc's second single, "Always Moving", can be seen below.
VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin commented: "After a very cool summer playing festivals in North America, we are now refreshing the setlist with new material and old classics for the upcoming Euro tour. Aside from the first single 'Obsolete Beings', we added our new seven-inch 'Always Moving' to the show and we are pleased to present the video for it. See you soon on the road!"
The disc was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada. The album's artwork was once again created by Langevin and can be seen below.
"The Wake" track listing:
01. Obsolete Beings
02. The End Of Dormancy
03. Orb Confusion
05. Spherical Perspective
06. Event Horizon
07. Always Moving
08. Sonic Mycelium
In addition to a standard jewelcase CD edition and a digital album release, "The Wake" will also be available as limited 2CD mediabook edition with a bonus disc of 11 tracks featuring the 5 songs off 2016's "Post Society" EP as well six live tracks from 2018's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, alternate artwork, an expanded booklet of 32 pages and a set of three stickers.
Bonus disc track listing:
"Post Society" EP:
01. Post Society
02. Forever Mountain
04. We Are Connected
05. Silver Machine
Live at 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise 2018:
06. Inner Combustion (Live 2018)
07. Order Of The Blackguards (Live 2018)
08. Psychic Vacuum (Live 2018)
09. Lost Machine (Live 2018)
10. Fall (Live 2018)
11. Voivod (Live 2018)
The 2LP release of "The Wake" will come on 180-gram vinyl with an etching design on Side D, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a double-sided poster. In addition to standard black vinyl, the album will also be available in the following limited colored editions:
Black 2LP: Unlimited
Pink 2LP: 100x copies / CM Webshop Europe (sold out!)
White 2LP: 200x copies / CM Webshop Europe
Red 2LP: 300x copies / CM Distro Europe
Silver 2LP: 200x copies / Nuclear Blast
Golden 2LP: 200x copies / Season Of Mist
Transp. sun yellow 2LP: 100x copies / CM Webshop USA
Away told Sonic Perspectives about "The Wake": "This is one of the most intricate albums we've done, for sure. The songs are pretty long and complicated and lots of prog rock moments, a bit of psychedelia, of course, our punk/thrash metal signature is still there. So, it's vintage VOIVOD with a new twist with Rocky [Dominique Laroche, bass] and Chewy [Daniel Mongrain, guitar], there's sort of a futuristic touch to the band nowadays."
Asked whether "The Wake" is a collaborative VOIVOD album, Away said: "With VOIVOD, Chewy is the main writer. We do bring a lot of ideas, but it was basically the same when Piggy was in the band. He was the main writer. Sometimes, material will be pulled from improvisations we do at the rehearsal room where we record everything. So, Chewy had to rearrange the best parts into songs, but quite often, he'll come with riffs and songs mostly written and once in a while, I come up with a beat. Rocky brought a lot of riffs as well. It's collaborative at first, but Chewy is the guy to arrange everything."
VOIVOD's first European touring run in support of "The Wake" will feature the following rotating support acts: MAGGOT HEART (September 7-16), NIGHTRAGE (September 18-26) and BIO-CANCER (September 28 - October 20).