Drewcifer comments: “Not only is Voivod one of my personal all-time favorites, but quite honestly few bands have dared to be as inventive and amorphous as they have. The musical territories they’ve explored and conquered are unequaled in Heavy Metal. Throughout their career they’ve been unapologetic in their creativity, and their true fans will stand by most of, if not all of their releases. For bands with 30-year careers, that’s almost impossible to say. Target Earth is as good and exciting of an album as Voivod fans can expect, and I’m honored to be able to air my interview with Michel just a few days prior to the release. Plus I get to choose almost a full hour of Voivod songs for my show, I can’t think of anything more fun and rewarding!”
Aside from his longtime admiration for the band, Drewcifer was one of the first deejays in the world to hear and play material from Voivod’s self-titled album in early 2003 (the first release with Jason “Jasonic” Newsted on bass) on KNAC.com’s The Vault show, and the band took his song-by-song review of that album and posted it on their website. His hour-long feature on the band this Sunday night is something the diehard Voivod fan will revel in.
K-Rock’s The Pit has a 17-year history of delivering pure metal to the masses via 50,000 watts of terrestrial power, and Drewcifer has been at the helm for almost 7 of those years. The show airs live Sunday nights at 10pm Central Standard Time at 101.5FM and online at PureRock.com.
Voivod's new album, Target Earth was released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway on January 18th. Release dates for other territories are available below:
UK / Benelux / France / Greece / Denmark / Portugal / Rest Of Europe: Monday, January 21st
North America / Spain / Italy: Tuesday, January 22nd
Sweden / Hungary: Wednesday, January 23rd
Australia / New Zealand / Finland: Friday, January 25th
Recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM), Target Earth features artwork by drummer Away (Michel Langevin), who used color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums to make create the coverart.
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 (Daniel Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Piggy's (Denis D'Amour) 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.
Below is the various formats for the release in Europe:
Target Earth Standard CD and Digital Download tracklisting:
'Empathy For The Enemy'
Target Earth will also be available in the same tracklisting as Gatefold-2LP with 180gr. vinyl in the following versions/colours and amounts:
- Black (Unlimited)
- Transparent Red (200x copies, CM Webshop Europe)
- Transparent Blue (200x copies, NBR Mailorder)
- Orange (400x, CM USA)
- Purple (600x, CM USA)
Additionally, there will be limited edition deluxe pressing of Target Earth as Mediabook-CD with alternate frontcover (Silver on black!), two quality stickers, expanded booklet as well as the following two exclusive live bonus tracks recorded at the band’s triumphant appearance at Roadburn festival 2012, which Voivod helped curate:
'Target Earth' (Live at Roadburn)
'Man In The Trees' (Live at Roadburn)
'Man In The Trees' is a very special DIE KREUZEN cover version, featuring Daniel Kubinski of Die Kreuzen on vocals, who checked in with the following comment about the track and his appearance:
"I'm truly honored and thankful to have shared the stage with Voivod at Roadburn 2012 and I'm completely stoked we were able to cover one of Piggy's favorite Die Kreuzen songs, 'Man in the Trees'. The melding of Voivod and Die Kreuzen has been a long time coming and I am so glad we had the opportunity to play and record our performance together. I think our bands are open-minded within our creativity and like-minded in our approach to always stretch the boundaries and take our music to the next step!"
Lastly, Target Earth is released as CM Distro exclusive mailorder boxset in a numbered limited worldwide edition of 1,000 copies with the following content:
- Target Earth Mediabook CD (incl. 2 live bonus tracks and expanded artwork/alternate frontcover)
- Live At Roadburn 2011 CD (Exclusive 10 song Live-CD with 4 pages booklet in jewel case; previously only released by Roadburn Records as limited LP version!)
- Voivod belt
- 1 poster (DINA3, Design of the Mediabook-CD cover artwork)
- 2 stickers (Included in the Mediabook-CD)
- 3 exclusive postcards with artwork by Voivod's Away
European customers, get your copy here before it’s too late.
The mailorder box, all other European physical formats as well as a shirt design of Target Earth (white print on black shirt or black print on grey shirt!) can be pre-ordered now from the CM Distro webshop here.
Previously, Voivod posted the official Target Earth EPK. Check it out below:
For a first listen of Target Earth, be sure to check out a stream of the album’s title track below, as well as the album’s first single (released as Digital Download and as limited 7” EP) 'Mechanical Mind'.
On January 24th, all four members of Voivod - Away, Snake, Blacky, and Chewy - will be at Cafe Chaos in Montreal, QC to host a listening party for Target Earth. The festivities begin at 8 PM and admission is free; but restricted to those 18 years of age and older.