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Voivod

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Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada (1982 – present)

Voivod are a band from Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada, with a very distinct sound. Formed by Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, Michel “Away” Langevin and Jean-Yves “Blacky” Theriault in 1982, the fledging group soon found the perfect singer in Denis “Snake” Belanger. A blend of with some thrown in (on Killing Technology), and lyrics leaning heavily on sci-fi imagery. One of the first Canadian bands to enjoy success outside of Canada, they released four albums in the mid ’80s before being signed to a major label. War And Pain in 1984, Rrroooaaarrr! in 1986, Killing Technology in 1987, and Dimension Hatross in 1988. Their blend of and caught the ear of MCA Records, who signed them and released their next album, Nothingface in 1989. The video of their Pink Floyd cover, Astronomy Domine, got tons of MTV airplay. They would headline a club tour with bands like Soundgarden and Faith No More, relative unknowns at the time, opening for them.

Things started slowly sliding downhill for them after, their next album being poorly received, 1991’s Angel Rat. ‘’ was taking hold, with bands such as their former opening act, Soundgarden, enjoying a rise to stardom. Blacky left the band quickly after Angel Rat’s release. 1993 saw the release of The Outer Limits album.

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