Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD have released the official music video for "Iconspiracy", the third single from their forthcoming studio album, "The Wake". The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media and can be seen below.
VOIVOD singer Denis "Snake" Bélanger commented: "What I really like about VOIVOD fans is that they are all able to make their own interpretation of the lyrics or the story of our songs. This video is such a good portrait of 'Iconspiracy' and the artist pinpoints awesome visuals in regards to the meaning and representation of the story itself. Thanks to Costin, an amazing artist who did really great work for us in the past and still blows my mind every time again. Question everything! Iconspiracy!"
Chioreanu added: "The most difficult task of an illustrator is to work for his all-time favourite bands. Then he becomes extremely exigent with what he creates and wants to get beyond any known limit. Obviously, this type of experiences are priceless by all means at the same time, because everything goes utterly intense and he feels like a starship exploring the universe at full warp speed and experiencing several amazing unseen worlds per second.
"'The Wake' is the album of the year 2018 for me and the video I literally built from scratch for 'Iconspiracy' follows the song lyrics and the spaces between them. At the same time, both the story and video fight to remain alive while trying to keep up with the infernal dynamics of the song, which represent another musical proof of the VOIVOD's genius. Other than that, this video speaks by itself, just like the music, therefore who is prepared to be awaken, will be!"
"The Wake" will be released on September 21 via Century Media Records. The disc was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada. The album's artwork was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin and can be seen below.
"The Wake" track listing:
01. Obsolete Beings
02. The End Of Dormancy
03. Orb Confusion
05. Spherical Perspective
06. Event Horizon
07. Always Moving
08. Sonic Mycelium
In addition to a standard jewelcase CD edition and a digital album release, "The Wake" will also be available as limited 2CD mediabook edition with a bonus disc of 11 tracks featuring the 5 songs off 2016's "Post Society" EP as well six live tracks from 2018's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, alternate artwork, an expanded booklet of 32 pages and a set of three stickers.
Bonus disc track listing:
"Post Society" EP:
01. Post Society
02. Forever Mountain
04. We Are Connected
05. Silver Machine
Live at 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise 2018:
06. Inner Combustion (Live 2018)
07. Order Of The Blackguards (Live 2018)
08. Psychic Vacuum (Live 2018)
09. Lost Machine (Live 2018)
10. Fall (Live 2018)
11. Voivod (Live 2018)
The 2LP release of "The Wake" will come on 180-gram vinyl with an etching design on Side D, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a double-sided poster. In addition to standard black vinyl, the album will also be available in the following limited colored editions:
Black 2LP: Unlimited
Pink 2LP: 100x copies / CM Webshop Europe (sold out!)
White 2LP: 200x copies / CM Webshop Europe
Red 2LP: 300x copies / CM Distro Europe
Silver 2LP: 200x copies / Nuclear Blast
Golden 2LP: 200x copies / Season Of Mist
Transp. sun yellow 2LP: 100x copies / CM Webshop USA
Away told Sonic Perspectives about "The Wake": "This is one of the most intricate albums we've done, for sure. The songs are pretty long and complicated and lots of prog rock moments, a bit of psychedelia, of course, our punk/thrash metal signature is still there. So, it's vintage VOIVOD with a new twist with Rocky [Dominique Laroche, bass] and Chewy [Daniel Mongrain, guitar], there's sort of a futuristic touch to the band nowadays."
Asked whether "The Wake" is a collaborative VOIVOD album, Away said: "With VOIVOD, Chewy is the main writer. We do bring a lot of ideas, but it was basically the same when Piggy was in the band. He was the main writer. Sometimes, material will be pulled from improvisations we do at the rehearsal room where we record everything. So, Chewy had to rearrange the best parts into songs, but quite often, he'll come with riffs and songs mostly written and once in a while, I come up with a beat. Rocky brought a lot of riffs as well. It's collaborative at first, but Chewy is the guy to arrange everything."