Published Jun 10, 2009If you're a metal head, you've probably spent hours mulling over the artwork of progressive Quebecois quartet Voivod. The perfect accent to the band's obtuse, aggressive music, their visuals are equally strange, mysterious and confrontational. Therefore, it's no wonder that after 27 years of creating album covers, booklets and poster art, Voivod drummer/artist Michel "Away" Langevin has finally compiled a book, Worlds Away: Voivod & the Art of Michel Langevin, set to be released July 10.
Keep in mind, though, that the 190-page, full-colour, hardcover book is set to a limited run of 3,000 copies. That means you'd better get your order in to Voivod Book faster than you can say Nothingface.
To ensure the compilation is engaging, not only have some of Langevin's more notable works been included, but a number of previously unseen posters and other artwork - some stemming from the late-1970s - have been unearthed and are described in context, linking Langevin's personal life to the images at hand. Also featured are interviews with Voivod's Denis "Piggy" D'Amour and Eric Forrest, Jason "Jasonic" Newsted, Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo of Pantera and more.
Says Anselmo, "Drummer extraordinaire known as Away, of the masters of Intergalactic Warcore Voivod, is the band's artistic visionary, and his brand of art complements and refines itself with each LP in perfect accordance with the band's different themes and musical growth. From chaotic, battle-ready skull-faced warriors, to his technically intimidating mecha-space stations ruling a star-dotted world of his own invention, his foreboding odd caricatures wander across landscapes on another planet, in another galaxy. Somehow his artwork depicted the music you were hearing - and the feeling it gave you while staring at Away's album cover artwork - like an extraterrestrial concoction exploding in your head and hurtling you through space in an escape pod, heading to another spider-spinning sandy dimension that only Away and Voivod could invent."