It’s been an exhilarating 40-year ride for Voivod, the Jonquière, Quebec quartet that has, over the years, defied the odds, faced tragedy head on and also seen the band rise above many of the contemporaries to a point where the band’s intricate progressively fueled heavy metal sound also brings with it honors and awards. The 2018 Voivod album, “The Wake”, won the band a Juno Award for Heavy Metal Album of The Year, while the previous year Away had picked up the Visionary Award at that year’s Progressive Music Awards in London.
It might all seem a far cry from four music-obsessed youngsters who began living out their music fantasies in their garages and the basement of one of their father’s work places back in the early 1980’s. But there was always something that set Voivod apart from their peers. They may have been as enthralled with the ever-evolving sounds of heavy metal, hardcore and punk rock that were distilling in the early 80’s, but Voivod also brought with them a love of progressive rock and science fiction that has been as much of an influence on their music. If heavy metal was the sound of the outsider in those early 80’s days, then prog rock was an even more unlikely bedfellow. Prog was about as uncool as you could get. But nobody told Voivod. And it’s that willingness to blend such seemingly disparate sounds that has always set the band apart. Prog metal as a concept was largely unheard of when Voivod released their debut album “War and Pain” in 1984.
The music contained in this set proves that Voivod were very much pioneers of the sound, as their own music became more refined and experimental. You can hear the development of the band’s sound over the three albums contained here (“Rrröööaarrr,” “Killing Technology” & “Dimension Hatröss”). In the five-year span from 1984’s ‘War And Pain’ debut to 1989’s ‘Nothingface’, Voivod forged a defiant progressive metal sound that they would expand upon with later albums and ensure that they are one of the most exhilarating metal bands in existence today.
“Forgotten In Space” is a deluxe celebration of Voivod’s, Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their recorded work plus rare and previously unreleased material and contains:
- RRRÖÖÖAAARRR: Remastered on red & black splatter vinyl
- KILLING TECHNOLOGY: Remastered on green & purple swirl vinyl
- DIMENSION HATRÖSS: Remastered on grey & red swirl vinyl
- NO SPEED LIMIT LIVE ’86: First time on vinyl. Green & black splatter vinyl
- DIMENSION HATRÖSS – THE DEMOS: First time on vinyl. Blue & white splatter vinyl
- COSMIC DRAMA 40 PAGE BOOK: 40-page book containing new sleeve note interviews with Michel ‘Away’ Langevin telling the story of the early years of Voivod. Contains rare and previously unseen photos.
- CHAOSMONGERS DVD: Mini documentary of interviews, live performances, behind the scenes & promotional videos from 1985 to 1989. Also includes previously unreleased video concert, live in Chicago ’88 and audio concert from World War III festival 1985
- KORGÜLL THE EXTERMINATOR USB: Contains all the tracks from the expanded studio albums plus the live & demo albums.
Watch a video for a previously unreleased demo of “Psychic Vacuum” below.
“Forgotten In Space” will also be available as a 5 x CDs and DVD clamshell box set containing all the studio albums, bonus rare demo and live albums, the DVD containing the mini documentary and previously unreleased live concerts and a 20-page booklet.