On January 21st, 2013 in Europe and January 22nd, 2013 in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD will release their 13th studio album,Target Earth! In anticipation of this release, the band has now posted the official Target Earth EPK. Check it out here: youtube.com/watch?v=ab8Q3bCBxrU
The EPK was directed by Irem Schwarz with assistance by Lorenz Fischer and Hee-Seong Han. It was shot in Berlin, Germany on October 16th, 2012 during VOIVOD‘s latest headlining run of Europe and features behind-the-scenes footage, plus an exclusive interview with Away (Michel Langevin) and Chewy (Daniel Mongrain) about the making of the album.
For a first listen of Target Earth, be sure to check out a stream of the album’s title track “Target Earth” HERE as well as the album’s first single (Released as Digital Download and as limited 7″ EP) “Mechanical Mind” HERE
VOIVOD’s vocalist Snake (Denis Bélanger) checked in to comment about the “Target Earth” track as follows:
“Target Earth…could this be a threat from out of space? A wake up call for humanity? It ended up being a young hacker shutting down the whole world’s financial systems in order to reform and redefine the bases of our societies. It’s a one man’s inside job, using technology to change the world…forever… and hopefully for the better.”
Target Earth was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard‘s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band’s previous albums.
The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991’s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D’Amour’s riffs and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003’s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.
The official track-listing for VOIVOD’s Target Earth can be seen below:
1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O’Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
8. Corps Étranger
“Target Earth” will be available in Europe as limited edition Mediabook CD (with 2 additional bonus live-tracks), as standard CD, as gatefold double vinyl (180 gr. and as black or coloured versions) and as very limited edition deluxe box set via CM Distro.