Canadian progressive thrashers Voivod have a new album in the can, the intense “Syncro Anarchy”. Recorded during lockdown, it was produced by Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio, and just like all their other albums, it features a cover artwork created by their drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.
Written and recorded in just over a month, “Syncro Anarchy” has a sense of urgency that is rather unique in the band’s catalog, and considering how diverse their output is, that says a lot. Through its nine tracks, Voivod distills anger, frustration, disappointment with the current state of humanity, but also hope for a better future. Social commentary is mixed with sci-fi themes, creating an exquisite blend, made whole with heavy and dissonant chords, complex time signatures and gnarly vocals. In short, it’s a Voivod fan’s dream.
Voivod‘s guitar player Dan “Chewy” Mongrain had big shoes to fill when he replaced the band’s original guitar player, Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, who sadly passed away in 2005 after battling cancer. Piggy left many songs for the band to record, and the material was used on the albums “Katorz” and “Infini”. 2013’s “Target Earth” was the first album containing material by Chewy, who captured the spirit of the band and carried the torch from there on in.
Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf has been a Voivod fan since his teenage years, and had the chance to catch up with Chewy to discuss the new album, the live-streams the band did during the pandemic, touring plans and much more. Find out their chat on the links below, and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.