Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD will release a new live album, "Warriors Of Ice", on June 17 via Indica Records. The CD, which can already be purchased digitally (see below), was recorded on December 12, 2009 during the band's first headlining show in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in ten years.
This unique band, which over the years has been able to create its own sound and path and braved adversity and hardships — notably the death of guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005 — is offering its fans its first-ever live record to feature original members Denis "Snake" Belanger (vocals), Michel "Away" Langevin (drums) and Jean Yves "Blacky" Theriault (bass), alongside new guitar player Daniel Mongrain, thus adding onto their impressive discography that spans close to three decades.
Glen Robinson, who previously worked on VOIVOD's "Nothingface" album, recorded the band's concert on December 12, 2009 at Club Soda in Montreal, the group's adopted hometown. The concert was VOIVOD's first headlining show in Montreal in over 10 years and was a release party for the DVD "Tatsumaki: Voivod In Japan 2008", where they played both classics from the '80 and '90s and newer songs written with Jason Newsted of METALLICA fame, who joined VOIVOD on bass for three records, "Voivod", "Katorz" and "Infini".
"Warriors Of Ice" features classic songs from VOIVOD's "War And Pain" (1984) and "Angel Rat" (1991) albums as well as tracks from "Infini", released in 2009. All of the band's greatest hits can be found on this record — everything from "Voivod" to "Nuclear War" and "Tribal Convictions" and even a remake of PINK FLOYD's "Astronomy Domine" — thus making it a must-have release for die-hard VOIVOD fans as well as a great introductory album for new fans in the making.
"Warriors Of Ice" track listing:
02. The Unknown Knows
03. The Prow
04. Ripping Headaches
05. Ravenous Medicine
06. Tribal Convictions
09. Global Warning
10. Treasure Chase
13. Brain Scan
14. Nuclear War
15. Astronomy Domine (PINK FLOYD cover)
VOIVOD is currently working on material for a new studio album. The CD will contain the band's first music to be written with new guitarist Dan Mongrain (MARTYR) following the passing of Denis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005.
VOIVOD's most recent DVD, "Tatsumaki: Voivod In Japan 2008", was released on November 17, 2009 via MVD Entertainment Group. The disc contains professionally filmed footage (three-camera shoot) of VOIVOD's September 20, 2008 concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan. The band was in Japan taking part in the two-night Thrash Domination 2008 event alongside TESTAMENT and FORBIDDEN.
"Infini", the latest album from VOIVOD, 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.