Voivod Set To Slay Western North American Shows

Fresh off a tour of the East Coast and Midwest, Voivod has announced a journey on the western half of the U.S., as well as a handful of dates in its native Canada. The metal act, which will be touring with King Parrot and Child Bite for their Post Society tour, has 28 shows scheduled in North America, including two festival appearances.

Photo: John Davisson
SXSW, Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX

The first date is in Dallas, Texas on May 19, and they will play four shows in the Lone Star State. From there they will move into Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon and finally end their U.S. dates in Seattle, Wash., June 11.

The group will then rumble through its home country, playing nine shows in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and finally in Quebec where they will play the Amnesia Rockfest on June 25. This North American tour will also feature a stop in Mexico City at the Hell and Heaven Fest on July 23.

The band has been making music for over 30 years, although only Michel “Away” Langevin and Denis “Snake” Bélanger of the original band remain. Founding guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour died of colon cancer in 2005.

Voivod’s brand of headbanging has evolved over the years and has blended different genres of thrash and speed metal with what they now describe as “progressive sci-fi” metal.

The band has developed a loyal following and former Voivod and Metallica member Jason Newsted publicly acknowledged that Voivod’s unique sound has had a huge influence on other bands that have followed in their footsteps, but they aren’t often given the recognition they deserve.

Promoting its latest EP, Post Society, which features five new songs, the band has said it is also currently working on more music to complete a new album. The group’s last full release was Target Earth in 2013.

Here are the dates for those looking to get their fix of progressive metal:

May 19 – Dallas, Texas, Gas Monkey Live!    
May 20 – San Antonio, Texas, The Rock Box
May 21 – Austin, Texas, Barracuda     
May 23 – Houston, Texas, Scout Bar
May 25 – Fort Collins, Colo., Aggie Theatre
May 26 — Denver, Colo., Marquis Theater
May 27 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Liquid Joe’s
May 28 — Las Vegas, Nev., Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel
May 30 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Rebel Lounge
May 31 – Flagstaff, Ariz., The Green Room
June 01 – San Diego, Calif., Brick By Brick
June 02 — West Hollywood, Calif., Whisky A Go Go
June 03 – Santa Ana, Calif., Underground DTSA
June 04 – Fresno, Calif., Strummer’s
June 08 – San Francisco, Calif., Slim’s
June 09 – Eugene, Ore., WOW Hall
June 10 – Portland, Ore., Dante’s
June 11 — Seattle, Wash., El Corazon
June 12 – Victoria, British Columbia, Distrikt
June 13 — Vancouver, British Columbia, The Rickshaw Theatre
June 15 – Calgary, Alberta, Dickens Pub
June 16 — Edmonton, Alberta, The Starlite Room
June 17 – Regina, Saskatchewan, The Exchange
June 18 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Good Will
June 19 – Thunder Bay, Ontario, Crocks
June 21 – London, Ontario, Call The Office
June 25 – Montebello, Quebec, Montebello Marina (Amnesia Rockfes)
July 23 – Mexico City, Mexico, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez (Hell & Heaven Metal Fest)
More information about Voivod’s upcoming tour can be found at Voivod.net. The best place for ticketing information is VoivodFan.com.