Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin has issued the following statement regarding the passing of the band’s guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour: “Last week has been very tough on me, as I spent it at the hospital with Denis. We had been musical partners since 1979 in high school, and it will be a hard task for me to cope with his departure.”
The staff of The End Records, who recently inked a deal with Voivod to release their next studio album, has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour: “We are all devastated by the tragic passing of a true legend, our beloved Denis D’Amour, a.k.a. Piggy. Piggy and the rest of Voivod have already become family to our team here at The End, and they are the nicest people to be around. Piggy was a big inspiration to us and his many other fans the world over. We feel lucky for the privilege of getting to work with him and to know him. No words can describe our admiration for him. Piggy’s guitar playing was always full of energy and innovation and life. In many senses, he will always be alive through his music. We love you, Piggy, and you will always be in our thoughts. May you rest in peace, dear friend. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and bandmates.”
Kreator’s Mille Petrozza has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour: “Voivod has always been one of the most important bands in the genre for us, not only because we have become friends since our first tour in 1987, but also on a musical level! Piggy taught me those strange ‘Voivod chords’ back in the day, wich since then apeared in many of our songs! It’s very hard, to find words when someone like Piggy, who was the friendliest and coolest musician on earth, passes away. We will miss you! R.I.P.”
Soil guitarist/former Broken Hope bassist Shaun Glass has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour: “The news I was told today made my stomach go in knots. The metal community has lost another amazing player. Piggy to me was a man that could make a guitar sound like NO ONE ever has.”
Crisis frontwoman Karyn Crisis has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour:
“I am so deeply saddened by the loss of Piggy, a consummate artist and innovator who understood that music goes so much deeper than catchy riffs and stylish trends; that it is a force which can move, inspire and empower people.”
All Headline News reports that 45-year-old Voivod guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour died late Friday night due to colon cancer after slipping into a coma Thursday. D’Amour had been working as recently as mid-July on Voivod’s 14th studio album along with former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted spoke with Billboard about his role in the new Voivod studio album via The End label, which he hopes will be out by next year. “It’s the most complete demos I’ve ever been involved in,” he tells Greg Prato. “[Voivod singer] Snake has already chosen his effects — exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We’ve had a long time to develop the demos, so there’s about 23 or 25 songs that are absolutely listenable right now.”
On the surface, trading Metallica sized arenas for Voivod’s achy joints looks like a blown play. Jason Newsted thinks otherwise. “This was the first time in a long, long time that I got to control what people hear from me,” he tells Jason Bracelin of the Cleveland Scene. Part of that control was insisting that the band eliminate the unnecessary noodling in the studio that had sabotaged Voivod’s work in the past. “If you take too long on music, with computers and all the crap that happens these days, you just have too much time to suck all the human factor out of it, and that’s something that I wanted to avoid very much,” Newsted says. “We put the band together, wrote the songs, recorded the record, mixed, and mastered it in about 55 days. In this day and age, that’s miraculous. It probably took Linkin Park 55 days to get their drum and guitar sounds down.” The full story at clevescene.com has since been removed.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who left that band in January 2001, will officially be playing bass in Quebec band Voivod. According to the band’s website Newsted will not only lend a hand (or two) on bass, but will also be producing the veteran metal band’s upcoming album tentatively titled ‘The Multiverse.’ Nested writes, “This is the new beginning for all of us. We’ve been through a lot of similar situations. [We’re] having such a good time writing our metal music together, in one room–bashing it out, it’s real again!!”