Renowned album-cover artist Ioannis (FATES WARNING, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, DREAM THEATER, UFO, KING CRIMSON) has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour:
"In the early summer of 1989 on my second job for Mechanic Records after finishing DREAM THEATER I flew up to Montreal to meet four young incredibly talented musicians — Away, Piggy, Snake and Blackie — and their young manager Pierre.
"We got together in a coffeehouse, listened to old URIAH HEEP and Denis' favorite band, ELP. Away showed me some cool artwork he had developed for the upcoming new album to be entitled 'Nothingface'.
"We decided to use a new technology to enhance the art: A COMPUTER!! We digitally colored the ink drawings and added subdued faces screaming at Denis' suggestion in the background. He was so quiet, he played me the cover track of the PINK FLOYD track they were including he was brilliant!
"'Nothinface' holds many cherished memories for me as we did a lot together that year to promote that album with the height being New York, where they headlined over FAITH NO MORE and SOUNDGARDEN. What a night! They pulverized the crowd. We did it all over again for 'Angel Rat', then drifted apart as the label went belly-up.
"I am totally crushed, and feel a horrible emptiness, I was hoping to catch them this time around and get ourselves caught up. My sympathies and prayers go out to his family, friends and bandmates. I will terribly miss his talent and his kindness.