Canadian sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD are celebrating 40 eventful years of existence in 2023 and therefore announced a special Anniversary studio album entitled “Morgöth Tales”, to be released on July 21st, 2023 via Century Media Records.
A first single/video off “Morgöth Tales” is being launched today with the song “Nuage Fractal (2023 Version)” and can also be checked out in a lyric video created by Cloud Music Typography here: https://youtu.be/YNQTBSu79T4
VOIVOD bassist Dominic “Rocky” Laroche has checked in with the following comment about “Nuage Fractal (2023 Version)”: “We are excited to present the first single from our 40th anniversary album! Its solid drum and bass, alien guitar line on top, lyrics and melody that connects it all towards a spinning triangle bridge makes ‘Nuage Fractal’ unique, which represents the era of ‘Angel Rat’. Let's get ready to celebrate this amazing journey of ‘Morgöth Tales’!”
Once more recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio, mastered by Maor Appelbaum and produced by VOIVOD, “Morgöth Tales” includes fresh studio (re-)recordings by the band’s current line-up of 9 especially selected, not-so-obvious picks from the band’s hyper-classy and extremely diverse back catalogue (between 1984 and 2003) as well as a brand-new song in the album’s title-track, “Morgöth Tales”.
VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin commented about “Morgöth Tales” as follows: “’Morgöth Tales’ covers 40 years of space exploration. It was really exciting for us to revisit a more obscure part of the Voïvod catalogue, from thrash-punk to prog-metal to…? The title track is a new song, which we started writing in the tour bus and hotels during the Opeth European tour in November/December 2022. It has the vibe of the experimental music we are doing nowadays, with a new twist I think. We also had the great thrill of getting E-Force and Jasonic involved on this album. I hope you’ll dig it, Chewy, Rocky, Snake and I certainly had a blast recording it. All aboard and ready for take off!“
The cover artwork for “Morgöth Tales” was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin and this is the complete track-listing for this special 40th Anniversary release:
VOIVOD – “Morgöth Tales”
1. Condemned To The Gallows (2023 Version) (04:33) [Originally on Metal Massacre V Compilation, 1984]
2. Thrashing Rage (2023 Version) (04:15) [Originally on “Rrröööaaarrr”, 1986]
3. Killing Technology (2023 Version) (06:31) [Originally on “Killing Technology”, 1987]
4. Macrosolutions To Megaproblems (2023 Version) (05:19) [Originally on “Dimension Hatröss”, 1988]
5. Pre-Ignition (2023 Version) (05:07) [Originally on “Nothingface”, 1989]
6. Nuage Fractal (2023 Version) (03:41) [Originally on “Angel Rat”, 1991]
7. Fix My Heart (2023 Version) (04:36) [Originally on “The Outer Limits”, 1993]
8. Rise (2023 Version, feat. Eric Forrest) (05:00) [Originally on “Phobos”, 1997]
9. Rebel Robot (2023 Version, feat. Jason Newsted) (04:50) [Originally on “Voivod”, 2003]
10. Morgöth Tales (04:57) [New Song]
The Ltd. CD Jewelcase in O-Card and Digital Album formats will also come with a cover version of the Public Image Ltd. track “Home” (04:38) as bonus.
The LP format will come on 180g vinyl and with a 4page LP-Booklet in the following variants:
Black LP – Unlimited
White LP – Ltd. 800x copies (Canada & www.cmdistro.de)
Transparent Green LP – Ltd. 300x copies (www.cmdistro.de)
Red LP – Ltd. 300x copies (VOIVOD outlets)
The album’s pre-order begins today and is available here: https://voivodband.lnk.to/MorgothTales
In other news, VOIVOD have also just unveiled another brand-new song, unrelated to “Morgöth tales”. Instead, “Chaotic Harmony (Mystic Festival Anthem)” has been recorded as official anthem for this year’s Mystic Festival event, taking place in Gdansk, Poland between June 7th and 10th. Mystic Festival will see VOIVOD appear next to bands like Ghost, Gojira, Danzig, The Hellacopters and many more, as well as also host an art exhibition by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.
The festival anthem song can be checked out in a lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoSmptHw8FM
And you can find more details about its limited vinyl EP release here: https://www.mysticfestival.pl/en/chaos-and-harmony-all-rolled-into-one-the-legendary-voivod-has-recorded-the-anthem-of-mystic-festival-2023/