Voivod Trust | The Journal of Montreal
At the dawn of her 40and anniversary, Voivod training is alive as ever. Inspired, she will roll a 15and titled album Synchro Anarchy. An opus where the Québécois quartet merges metal, jazz and progressive rock.
“It’s an exciting time and we’re taking great advantage of it,” drummer Michel “Away” Langevin said in a phone interview.
The great reception received for the album The Wake had a more than positive effect on the pioneering formation of Quebec metal.
” The Wake, which was very complicated, was accepted by fans, magazines, and it won the Juno for metal/hard album of the year in 2018. This increased our level of confidence. Our mission was to make an album as good or if not better than The Wake “said the drummer.
Synchro Anarchy will launch on February 11. The titles Planet Eaters and Paranormalium, already unveiled, will be followed, between now and the launch, by two other singles. The pandemic has changed the order of things. The idea is to maintain a presence at a time when it is complex and impossible to get on the boards.
The nine titles of Synchro Anarchy were developed during the confinement period and then, last summer, in the studio.
“It’s an album that was designed in a particular way and by sharing files online. We usually do this together in the same room. The operation turned out to be a real headache which made us discover a new way of working”, indicated Michel Langevin.
Denis “Snake” Bélanger, Michel “Away” Langevin, Dominic “Rocky” Laroche and Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain found that this formula was to allow them, in the future, to release albums closer together.
The titles of Synchro Anarchy talk about alienation, dystopia, classic Voivod science fiction themes and the world in which we live.
” The World Today refers to the importance of contributing and participating if you want to live in a better world. It’s an album – even if there’s an energy and an urgency to it – that’s still pretty dark lyrically. It’s very representative of the context on planet Earth right now,” the founding member remarked.
Synchro Anarchy is an alloy of metal, jazz and progressive rock. Voivod’s new line-up, with Dominic Laroche and Daniel Mongrain, according to the drummer, is becoming more and more assertive.
“We find ingredients from each period of Voivod with a new futuristic side. We went back to more progressive sounds and I love that. We explore new avenues each time we meet. We have more and more taste in our approach and it’s getting better and better,” said Away, a fan of the Soft Machine, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator and Magma bands.
Voivod was to begin a tour of Europe on February 13. North America was on the program for the summer and the quartet was then to go to Japan, Australia and South America.
“Everything was turned upside down. The European part has been postponed until the fall. Fingers crossed that the North American segment can take place this summer. The logistics surrounding a tour are at the moment, with visas, nightmarish,” said the drummer from Jonquière.
Until the situation returns to some semblance of normality, Voivod intends to be present. One way or another.
“We will definitely be doing online performances again and revisiting some of our albums, as we did with Nothingface and Hatross dimension. We could do the same with angel rat, Killing Technology, The Outer Limits or maybe even with the new album. We will also release vinyl of the albums Nothingface, angel rat and a box containing Killing Technology, who turns 35 next year, Rrröööaaarrr and Hatross dimension. We will be very present over the next two years, ”he said.
A documentary is also in progress. The group would like to launch it on the occasion of the 40and Voivod’s anniversary in 2023. Production has been slowed down due to the pandemic.
Michel Langevin admits that the current situation, where everything is turned upside down, is far from obvious. Even if the drummer is busy, on a daily basis, with Voivod’s upcoming projects and with his career as an illustrator.
“It’s super difficult. The drums have always been, for me, a way to evacuate my stress. I grew up with the fear of a nuclear war. And that’s something that still scares me today. What I miss is to evacuate that on the drums, ”he dropped.