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Albums Of The Week: Voivod | Morgöth Tales

Canada's sci-fi metal heroes celebrate four decades by upgrading some deep cuts.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian sci-fi metal innovators Voivod are two-time Juno winners for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year, have been nominated since the inception of the rock category at the Juno Awards in 1991, and are celebrating 40 eventful years of existence in 2023. In celebration, they have announced the special anniversary studio album Morgöth Tales.

Once more recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio, mastered by Maor Appelbaum and produced by Voivod, Morgöth Tales includes fresh studio (re-)recordings by the band’s current lineup of nine especially selected, not-so-obvious picks from the band’s hyper-classy and extremely diverse back catalogue (between 1984 and 2003) as well as a brand-new song in the album’s title track. The cover artwork for Morgöth Tales was once again created by drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.

“We are excited to present the first single from our 40th anniversary album!” said bassist Dominic “Rocky” Laroche, reflecting on Nuage Fractal (2023 Version). “Its solid drum and bass, alien guitar line on top, lyrics and melody that connects it all towards a spinning triangle bridge makes Nuage Fractal unique, which represents the era of Angel Rat. Let’s get ready to celebrate this amazing journey of Morgöth Tales!”

On the album, Langevin comments: “Morgöth Tales covers 40 years of space exploration. It was really exciting for us to revisit a more obscure part of the Voïvod catalogue, from thrash-punk to prog-metal to…? The title track is a new song, which we started writing in the tour bus and hotels during the Opeth European tour in November/December 2022. It has the vibe of the experimental music we are doing nowadays, with a new twist I think. We also had the great thrill of getting E-Force and Jasonic involved on this album. I hope you’ll dig it. Chewy, Rocky, Snake and I certainly had a blast recording it. All aboard and ready for takeoff!”


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