Voivod Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 9

Voivod Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 9
Photo: Benoit Turcotte
Quebec's own thrash innovators Voivod felt profoundly, supremely at home on one of Heavy Montreal's main stages, playing to a crowd that was at once massive, and somehow had a hometown-love vibe. It's been 30 years since their debut record was released, and yet Voivod are consistently surprising, bringing a renewed vigour and energy to everything they do.

This was particularly evident in the guitar tone that Daniel Mongrain was able to produce, wielding a new Bond guitar with Khaler hardware. While the still-bright sunlight seemed at odds with the bleak, smoking industrial landscape their set conjured, Voivod played with a profound comfort, a kind of kingly familiarity with the crowd's adoration. Even the raw, ragged edges of their set, the deliberately frayed and tattered edges, had an eerie dignity that gives that authority and a kind of strange, shambling grace.

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