The End Of Dormancy – VOIVOD

VOIVOD is quite simply one of a kind. The sci-fi obsessed
Canadian band has returned with a three-track, 12-inch vinyl and
digital EP titled “The End Of Dormancy”, following 2018’s
Juno Award-winning album “The Wake”. The new release is
built around a revisioning of “The End Of Dormancy”, a song
that originally appeared on “The Wake”. This “Metal
Section”
version, the EP’s title track, is embellished with
trumpets, saxophone and trombones. The EP is rounded out by a live
take on this song as well as a performance of the VOIVOD
classic “The Unknown Knows”, both tracks recorded at the
Montreal Jazz Fest in 2019. While a few songs slapped together on a
short album may oftentimes serve as a stop-gap release designed to
simply fill in the time between long players, or fulfill
contractual obligations, “The End Of Dormancy” is truly an
artistic statement. The jazz-fueled take on “The End Of
Dormancy”
is incredibly dynamic and tasteful. The live version
of this track isn’t just more of the same. It proves to be an
essential aspect to the well-rounded listening experience due to
its inclusion of the riveting saxophone solo part. What’s more, the
EP includes a particularly lively performance of the classic
barn-burner “The Unknown Knows”, a track that was originally
released on the band’s pivotal 1989 album “Nothingface”.
VOIVOD guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain, who of
course replaced the now deceased, classic VOIVOD axeman
Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, has expressed how he feels that the
title track inherently entails qualities that are epic and
grandiose. With an invitation to play the Montreal International
Jazz Festival, Chewy pounced on the opportunity to realize
the potential for a more dynamic and almost cinematic revisioning
of the song. “I initially wrote the opening riff of the song on
tour, outside, behind a club in Germany on a sunny day and recorded
right away. It had that quartal harmony over a pedal point that to
me evoke soundtracks of classic Roman movies when you hear the
brass. It has a military and solemn vibe to it,” Chewy said.
“It adds that extra empire, military, Roman paddle boat war feel
like in the old ‘Ben-Hur’ movie, with the acceleration of
the music and intense and stressful emotions that fits the song
lyrics perfectly.” It has been the norm for VOIVOD to take
left-field approaches to their art. They continue to follow this
path and do so very well. The prog metal giants have taken their
interest in jazz to the next level with “The End Of
Dormancy”
. With little surprise, they have done so
successfully, as the release is just as bold as it is beautiful.VOIVOD is quite simply one of a kind. The sci-fi obsessed
Canadian band has returned with a three-track, 12-inch vinyl and
digital EP titled “The End Of Dormancy”, following 2018’s
Juno Award-winning album “The Wake”. The new release is
built around a revisioning of “The End Of Dormancy”, a song
that originally appeared on “The Wake”. This “Metal
Section” version, the EP’s title track, is embellished with
trumpets, saxophone and trombones. The EP is rounded out by a live
take on this song as well as a performance of the VOIVOD
classic “The Unknown Knows”, both tracks recorded at the
Montreal Jazz Fest in 2019. While a few songs slapped together on a
short album may oftentimes serve as a stop-gap release designed to
simply fill in the time between long players, or fulfill
contractual obligations, “The End Of Dormancy” is truly an
artistic statement. The jazz-fueled take on “The End Of
Dormancy” is incredibly dynamic and tasteful. The live version
of this track isn’t just more of the same. It proves to be an
essential aspect to the well-rounded listening experience due to
its inclusion of the riveting saxophone solo part. What’s more, the
EP includes a particularly lively performance of the classic
barn-burner “The Unknown Knows”, a track that was originally
released on the band’s pivotal 1989 album “Nothingface”.
VOIVOD guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain, who of
course replaced the now deceased, classic VOIVOD axeman
Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, has expressed how he feels that the
title track inherently entails qualities that are epic and
grandiose. With an invitation to play the Montreal International
Jazz Festival, Chewy pounced on the opportunity to realize
the potential for a more dynamic and almost cinematic revisioning
of the song. “I initially wrote the opening riff of the song on
tour, outside, behind a club in Germany on a sunny day and recorded
right away. It had that quartal harmony over a pedal point that to
me evoke soundtracks of classic Roman movies when you hear the
brass. It has a military and solemn vibe to it,” Chewy said.
“It adds that extra empire, military, Roman paddle boat war feel
like in the old ‘Ben-Hur’ movie, with the acceleration of
the music and intense and stressful emotions that fits the song
lyrics perfectly.” It has been the norm for VOIVOD to take
left-field approaches to their art. They continue to follow this
path and do so very well. The prog metal giants have taken their
interest in jazz to the next level with “The End Of
Dormancy”. With little surprise, they have done so
successfully, as the release is just as bold as it is beautiful.

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