Alcatraz Line up: 2019
Credited as one of the big four Canadian thrash bands, Voivod formed in 1982 in Quebec, Canada. Initially influenced both by the NWOBHM and 70s progressive rock in the vein of Rush, they’ve embraced other influences throughout their career in a perpetual quest for musical innovation. Their lyrical themes include Cold War politics and science fiction. The introduction of prog elements on ‘Killing Technology’ and ‘Dimension Hatröss’ led to their breakthrough in the latter half of the 80s whereas 1990’s ‘Angel Rat’ has been dubbed alternative metal. Despite a number of personnel changes over the years they’ve continued to put out albums and tour on a regular basis. Tragically, founding member and guitarist Piggy succumbed to complications from colon cancer in 2005 but not before leaving instructions for his band mates on how to record the material that ended up on ‘Katorz’ (2006). The current incarnation of Voivod recently completed a full European tour and the set consisting of a mix of classic material (‘Overreaction’, ‘Order of the Blackguards’, ‘Into My Hypercube’, etc.) and new tracks from the post-psychedelic ‘The Wake’ (2018) proved the perfect live recipe.