Voivod Break Out the Horns for 'The End of Dormancy' EP
Get ready for metal to meet trumpets, trombones and sax
Published May 22, 2020Quebec metal heroes Voivod are hitting us up with a new EP. Called The End of Dormancy, the mini-effort arrives on July 10 via Century Media Records.
The EP is made up of three tracks, with the centrepiece being a special "Metal Section" version of the title track "The End of Dormancy." The song originally appeared on the group's most recent album, 2018's The Wake, but this newly redone rendition adds in the very metal instruments that are trumpets, saxophone and trombones.
The other two tracks on EP include a live versions of "The End of Dormancy (Metal Section)" and the group's classic "The Unknown Knows," captured live at the Montreal Jazz Fest in 2019.
To give you an idea what to expect, Voivod have shared a new video for "The End of Dormancy (Metal Section)," which was directed by Syl Disjonk and produced by Igor Simonnet. You can watch it below.
Speaking of the newly redone "The End Of Dormancy" and its special brass section version, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain issued the following statement:
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 (Lituus, Cornu and other instruments). It has a military and solemn vibe to it. When In 2019 we had the honor to be invited to play the Montreal International Jazz Festival, we all thought we could do something special in the context. I had the Idea to do a brass arrangement and add in an extra open improvised Sax Solo section which doesn't exist in the studio version.
I started to write and was able to finish the arrangement in time for the rehearsal but it was sooo much work that I could only do one song. We hired top players of the Montreal scene, they were very excited to be part of it. It's not every day that a brass section plays with a metal band so it was as exciting for them as it was for us! We had one rehearsal and it worked perfectly! Then we played the show and the crowd went totally nuts!!! You can hear it on the live version: It was a great moment for everyone and we had a real blast! The live version is also on the EP, but will not be on the upcoming live album "Lost Machine," since that was recorded during a different show...
When the video idea of that song came up, I thought, we could record the brass over the studio version and make the video version unique, and share this version with the rest of the world, giving something special to the fans and immortalize the brass arrangement at the same time. So, I just cut out the improvised section that was in the live arrangement and we could time a studio session with all the same guys.
Francis Perron (RadicArt Studio), who recorded and mixed "The Wake," brought his gear and recorded it, then remixed the song. It was an amazing experience, a great challenge for me to write each parts and conduct it. I don't do that often, so it was a lot of work and I'm very happy with the result, 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. I'm so proud and happy to play in Voivod, as we can try this kind of madness projects and everybody in the band gets excited and motivated to do new things. It's so fulfilling. I hope this feeling transpires into the music and that the signal gets to the receiver's frequency!
The new EP will arrive on 180-gram 12-inch vinyl. There will be 200 copies pressed on light blue wax, while 400 will come on neon yellow vinyl and another 200 on transparent magenta vinyl.
The End of Dormancy:
1. The End Of Dormancy (Metal Section)
1. The End Of Dormancy (Live Montreal Jazz Fest 2019)
2. The Unknown Knows (Live Montreal Jazz Fest 2019)
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