Synchro Anarchy is the new album buy the Canadian super band Voivod, and this is the fifteenth album from these Canadian legends!
«Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators Voivod are delighted to announce their new studio album Synchro Anarchy, scheduled for worldwide release on February 11th, 2022 via Century Media Records.
Voivod drummer Michel Away Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming release»: «We are eager to present our latest work, a real collaborative effort. The new album represents countless hours of writing, demoing, recording, mixing and so on. The band and Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio gave their very best to make it happen under unusual circumstances, which led us to call it“Synchro Anarchy. We feel that the sound and music are 100% Voïvod, and we hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we had fun making it. We certainly can’t wait to play it live!».
Forrest was badly injured in a car accident in Germany in 1998, and Voivod briefly disbanded in 2001 before Belanger returned to the band. Since the death in 2005 of Denis D’Amour (guitars), the current incarnation features two of the four founding members: Denis Belanger (vocals), and Michel Langevin (drums) along with Jason Newsted (of Flotsam and Jetsam and Metallica) on bass guitar.
They rank alongside Drem Theater as pioneers in the development of progressive metal in the 80s, but tend to favor a heavier and more sparse musical style more akin to Queencryche. Keyboards (or any other instruments besides vocals, guitars, drums, and bass) are almost non-existent in the music.
Their first truly progressive album was Killing Technology (1987), followed by Dimension: Hatross (1988) which is often considered their most innovative work. Nothingface (1989) continued on the science fiction theme, and featured a cover version of Pink Floyd`s Astronomy Domine (They also covered Pink Floyd`s The Nile Song on their 1993 release The Outer Limits). Angel Rat (1991) is also well-regarded in progressive metal circles. They continue to record and tour, and have been seen on the Ozzfest roster a few times.
If you like your music heavy, dark, and cold with a pronounced sci-fi flavor, Voivod is essential. They are worth checking out for the Pink Floyd cover songs alone.
2. Synchro Anarchy
3. Planet Eaters
4. Mind Clock
5. Sleeves Off
6. Holographic Thinking
7. The World Today
8. Quest For Nothing
9. Memory Failure
Denis Snake Belanger – Vocals
Daniel Chewy Mongrain – Guitar
Dominic Rocky Laroche – Bass
Michel Away Langevin – Drums