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Michael “Away” Langevin is the drummer of Voivod, a progressive thrash heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec (Canada).   They are best known for their avant-guarde sound which, opened up the door to the incorporation of dissonant chords and unusual progressions in the guitar parts as well as odd rhythms and original science-fiction inspired lyrics.  The album Nothingface brought the band to its music apogee in the late 1980’s.  Jason Newsted’s involvement with Voivod following his departure from Metallica gave Voivod new popularity and international attention again.  Voivod released the album Infini last June 2009.  In this interview, Michel reflects on the last tour, future music projects, he talks about how Voivod is struggling to stay alive without Denis “Piggy” D’Amour (who passed away in August 2005) and how he would like to put more energy into his drawing art and career but also that Voivod will always be there for the fans and cannot disappear for long before the craving to play music keeps reappearing and they then find themselves on stage again. 
Interview by: Valerie Bastien

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Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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