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    Voivod guitarist dies of colon cancer

    NEW YORK (Billboard) -- Voivod guitarist Denis D'Amour, better known to fans as Piggy, died Friday at a Montreal hospital after a battle with colon cancer. He was 45.


    Although it was the group's futuristic lyrics on which fans most focused, D'Amour's complex, jazz-based guitar work fueled the band musically.

    One of the first Canadian thrash metal bands, the Quebec-based Voivod (which also originally included singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, bassist Jean-Yves Theriault and drummer Michel Langevin) has released a string of genre classics such as 1984's "War and Pain" and 1987's "Killing Technology." But the band truly hit its stride on 1989's prog-metal effort "Nothingface," even headlining a U.S. tour over Faith No More and Soundgarden.

    Just as it appeared the mainstream metal world might be catching up with Voivod in the '90s, Theriault and Belanger exited the band. Voivod continued recording throughout the decade and was in recent years rejuvenated by the addition of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, as well as the return of Belanger.

    The new lineup toured as part of Ozzfest in 2003, and issued a new, self-titled studio album the same year on Newsted's Chophouse label. In 2004, Belanger appeared on Dave Grohl's star-studded metal detour, "Probot."

    Voivod recently signed a new contract with the End Records, and was gearing up to enter the studio early next year. Newsted recently told Billboard.com that more than an album's worth of songs had already been demoed.

    While it is unknown what will happen to the new material, D'Amour recently completed guitar tracks for a reunion by the obscure '70s Montreal band, Aut'Chose. First up will be Voivod's first DVD, "D-V-O-D-1," due October 25 via Music Video Distributors. The project compiles all the group's videos from 1983-1991, as well as live performances from this period.
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    Jesus man, at first I didn't see the word 'guitarist.'
    "Suck a fat one, faggot."
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    That is sad anyway..

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    Piggy ROCKED!!! RIP!!!!!!

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    wow that sucks. i didn't even know he was sick.

    voivod are/were one of the most unappreciated innovators of our time.

    rip.

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    man....major bummer
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    VOIVOD FTW!!

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    Wow. This is sad.

    I always figured LLFHS would be the first of us to die.
    (Trying to jump his cycle over 13 buses at Caesar's Palace was my guess.)

    Oh well. R.I.P. voivod. You will be missed.







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    I missed this thread when Piggy died. Voivod (the band) rocks. (You ain't so bad yourself, Voivod the linker)

    I caught this on YouTube. An unedited footage of Piggy only from the "We Carry On" video which was just before he got sick. Long live Piggy!

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    I was watching that last night too.



    I love their stuff from the 80's.

    Dimension Hatröss (1988) is simply one of the best records ever. Fucking radical.




    Interesting about Piggy before he died. The album Katorz (2006) is based around riffs found on his laptop. Just prior to his death he left instructions for his fellow bandmates on how to use them. In November 2006, the song "X-Stream" was featured on Guitar Hero II.


    They're still recording and touring. Dan Mongrain on guitar now. They released a new record this year titled Infini. You can hear it here: http://www.voivod.com/

    This will be the last record they do that's based on stuff that Piggy wrote on guitar before his death.


    About the new record and tour, from Blabbermouth: VOIVOD made its trimphant return to the stage on June 22, 2008 in front of 22,500 fans as part of the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The group was joined by original bass player Jean-Yves Theriault ("Blacky") for the first time in 17 years. Dan Mongrain from the Quebec band MARTYR, a good friend of the band, played guitar. Songs from the early catalogue were the focus for the Heavy MTL set, including VOIVOD's cover of the PINK FLOYD classic "Astronomy Domine", which closed the show before the band took a bow center stage and shared a group hug.
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    RRROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!!!!! IN PEACE, PIGGY R.I.P.

    I'll send my regards to Miss Piggy.
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    Uh? Not cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Uh? Not cool.
    Oh, boo fucking hoo, Mr.Sensitve. Its not like I said it immediatly after on the day he passed. It has been 8 years, it is not too soon. If you can't take a joke, that's tough. I don't care.

    I listened to these guys years ago, and still have two of their albums, " Rrrroooaaarr", and " Dimention Haltross ". I used to play " Fuck Off and Die " full blast to get even with my ignorant and annoying French neighbors for disturbing MY peace in the apartment I was renting at the time, while I was in school.

    They were a unique creative band, its unfortunate that so many people die young.

    When it comes too deceased great musicians, I care more about Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Ronnie James Dio.

    If my harmless little " Miss Piggy " joke offends any true real VoiVod fans that read this thread, I sincerly apologize. It was just a spur of the moment comment that I guess I didn't have to make, but did so anyways, after reading the election thread, got sidetracked to this page, I didn't mean to be cruel and disrespectable, but ended up being so anyways. I see my mistake.
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