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VOIVOD's AWAY On Grunge In The '90s: "Even The Movement Of The Crowd Was Different"

"We were, like, 'Okay, this is really something fresh.' A new decade, a new generation."

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It's interesting to go back and reflect on the beginning of the 90s, as drummer Away of Canadian bangers Voivod recently did in a new interview with the When Words Fail, Music Speaks podcast.

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"When we toured with Faith No More and Soundgarden in 1990 across North America, we could already feel the wind changing with the new alternative rock becoming more and more popular," said Away, aka Michel Langevin.

"Even the [movement] of the crowd was different; it was not a mosh pit—it was like a big wave. So we felt like something was coming which really sort of, I guess, influenced us into writing Angel Rat—more of an alternative metal album. But when Nirvana released Nevermind, I think the heavy metal bands probably felt like [what] all the bands from the '60s felt like when The Beatles showed up. We were, like, 'Okay, this is really something fresh.' A new decade, a new generation. And this took everything by storm. But we really embraced it. I really love [Nirvana] and the [other bands]."

Langevin added that, "I think the grunge movement is definitely something that hadn't happened in a long time… Nirvana released Nevermind in '91, and it was a new era."

Voivod was recently added to Opeth's upcoming Evolution XXX By Request Tour happening across Europe this month, and you can check those dates out below. Also, you probably already noticed, we're obsessed with AI-generated videos right now, so feast your eyes on this one created for Voivod's "Quest for Nothing" right here. It's the most unsettling thing you will see all week!

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11/10 Copenhagen, DEN – Grey Hall
11/12 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/14 Berlin, GER – Admiralspalast
11/15 Wuppertal, GER – Historische Stadthalle
11/16 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
11/17 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
11/19 Utrecht, NET – TivoliVredenburg
11/20 Utrecht, NET – TivoliVredenburg
11/21 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
11/23 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
11/24 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
11/25 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
11/26 Lisbon, POR – Sla Tejo

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