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Cosmic Drama: How Voivod became prog metal pioneers

With Voivod’s early groundbreaking Noise Records albums recently reissued on BMG, we speak to drummer Away about the band’s path from naïve young noiseniks to prog metal innovators

Voivod drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin has a confession: “Van der Graaf Generator are my favourite progressive band.”

The secret’s out now. The man who has helped to steer one of the pioneering prog metal bands has a passion for Peter Hammill and his cohorts. But then again, as Away explains, it’s not surprising that he loves prog.

“I am from Quebec, and when I was growing up, there was such a thriving prog scene,” he explains. “We had a load of excellent local bands around, and thankfully a lot of the albums they recorded have been made available again. There was a time when the only way I could get records done by any Quebec bands was in Japan. Now, they’re easier to buy, and there was some incredible music done in those days. I am talking about the 1970s.”

Away first got into prog by listening to it on the radio.


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