Celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD will release their new studio album, "The Wake", on September 21 for via Century Media Records. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2013's "Target Earth" album as well as the 2016 mini-album "Post Society" was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada. The album's artwork was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin and can be seen below.
The official video for the album's opening track, "Obsolete Beings", can be seen below. The clip was directed and edited by Eric Massicotte and Pierre Duplessis.
VOIVOD guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain checked in with the following comment: "It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we will soon share with you the fruit of two years of labor in the form of an intricate, intense and colorful journey with our new album 'The Wake', expanding the boundaries of VOIVOD's multiverse!"
"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
The U.S. CD release of "The Wake" will also be available as a 2CD digipak edition with a bonus disc of 11 tracks featuring the five songs off 2016's "Post Society" EP as well six live tracks from 2018's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise.
This is the track list for the bonus disc:
"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)
VOIVOD recently played "Obsolete Beings" for the Musik Universe web site. Check out video footage of the performance below.
Langevin told the Impact metal channel that the band's next record would be "a concept album, very intricate. It's very progressive thrash. Lots of psychedelia as well. The songs are pretty long. There is only one short rocker; all the rest is progressive music. It's a continuation of [2016's] 'Post Society' [EP]."
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).
Original VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky) left the band in 2014 and was replaced by Dominic "Rocky" Laroche.