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VOIVOD: Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Erect PIGGY Statue In Band’s Original Hometown

A brand new Kickstarter marketing campaign has been launched to erect a statue of late VOIVOD guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour within the band’s authentic hometown.

The eight-foot-tall (2.5 meter) aluminum sculpture is being created by artist Fred Laforge and might be put in within the Jonquière borough of town of Saguenay within the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean area of Québec, Canada. It’s situated on the Saguenay River, close to the borough of Chicoutimi.

D’Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from issues of superior colon most cancers. The funeral providers have been held on September 1, 2005 in Jonquière and have been capped off by a symbolic guitar-burning, with the remnants of the guitar being positioned within the Sable river.

Solely hours earlier than he slipped right into a coma attributable to issues from colon most cancers, D’Amour gave VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin directions to go to the guitarist’s private laptop and carry the ultimate guitar tracks Piggy had been engaged on for a brand new CD. With sufficient materials recorded for 2 albums, 10 songs made their approach on to 2006’s “Katorz”, with the remaining cuts surfacing on 2009’s “Infini”.

When D’Amour died in 2005 from most cancers, it appeared VOIVOD was very a lot a reminiscence. Then three years later, the Canadian metallic innovators stunned most by popping out of retirement to play the primary Heavy MTL competition with a new-old lineup: authentic member Jean-Yves Thériault (a.okay.a. Blacky) was again behind his blower bass and MARTYR‘s Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain was enjoying guitar.

At first what was assumed would solely be a one-off quickly grew to turn into a return to stay motion for the band. The following summer time noticed the band play virtually each European metallic fest and help DOWN on a cross-Canada tour and issues simply stored constructing from there. The metallic world quickly found that if there was one guitarist who might substitute Piggy correctly it was Mongrain, who proved present after present that he was up for the job.

D’Amour‘s unconventional model of guitar enjoying was a staple of VOIVOD‘s sound, however Mongrain, a lifelong fan of the band, has injected his personal persona into VOIVOD whereas retaining among the hallmarks from D’Amour‘s enjoying.

VOIVOD‘s newest studio album, “Synchro Anarchy”, got here out in February through Century Media Information. The follow-up to 2018’s “The Wake” was produced by Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio and options cowl paintings created by Langevin.

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