YOB Announce Spring 2019 Tour With VOIVOD & AMENRA

YOB, who have enjoyed a remarkable 2018, will return to the road next Spring, bringing Voivod and Amenra along for the month-long trek across North America.

The news arrives as Our Raw Heart continues to surface on a wide range of best of 2018 lists, nabbing the #1 spot in Decibel Magazine’s extensive year-end issue, as well as nods from NPR, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, Mashable, New York Magazine’s Vulture, Noisey, Treble and more. Consequence of Sound’s Heavy Consequence said of the album that they placed at the top of their 2018 countdown: “Our Raw Heart… possesses a serene almost uplifting quality,” while PopMatters, who also placed the release at the top of their Best Metal of 2018 list, said “… true art… offers us an insight into the most frightening of human emotions. Our Raw Heart acts as a portal to another’s pain…”

Tickets, as well, as exclusive ticket and merch bundles, are on-sale now. The bundles, which can be found via www.yobislove.com/tour, includes an entry ticket, an exclusive t-shirt as well as the option of vinyl or CD versions of Our Raw Heart.

YOB Tour Dates (All dates with Voivod and Amenra except where noted):

March 26  Minneapolis, MN  Fine Line
March 27  Chicago, IL  Thalia Hall
March 28  Columbus, OH  Ace of Cups
March 29  Cleveland, OH  Grog Shop
March 30  Toronto, ON  Phoenix
March 31  Buffalo, NY  Town Ballroom
April 2  Portland, ME  Geno’s
April 3  Boston, MA  Royale
April 4  Brooklyn, NY  Warsaw
April 5  Philadelphia, PA  Union Transfer
April 6  Richmond, VA  Broadberry
April 7  Raleigh, NC  Kings
April 9  Knoxville, TN  Concourse
April 10  Atlanta, GA  Masquerade (Hell)
April 11 New Orleans, LA  One Eyed Jack’s
April 12  Houston, TX  Warehouse
April 13  Austin, TX  Barracuda
April 14  Dallas, TX  Gas Monkey
April 16  Denver, CO  Marquis Theater *
April 18  Phoenix, AZ  Club Red +
April 19  San Diego, CA  Brick by Brick +

* – No Voivod
+ – YOB only

Rob “The Baron” Miller of Tau Cross Interviewed

Tau Cross, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring Amebix bassist/frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War // Plague, has announced their second full-length album, Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21st on CD,2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Rob “The Baron” Miller: When i was a child in the 70’s I listened to John Peel on Radio One, he was a hero to my generation as he introduced us to such a wide variety of music in the hey day of Punk Rock and New Wave. Our first drummer Martin had a Black Sabbath album and that was really my introduction to metal, I couldn’t stand Status Quo or most of the other old bands, but began to collect Iron Maiden and then of course Metallica.

How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?

I have never been a proficient musician, I cannot play well or write well, my approach has always been more intuitive, making sounds that feel a certain way.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways? Have you been to any OTO ceremonies or satanic rituals?

We had a very Pagan leaning family, my father in particular, so we were encouraged to stay out of Church and to find our own truths. I have not been into OTO, although there was a period in my life here on Isle Of Skye where i did get involved with a group of Kabbalists, which entailed some interesting sojourns into the Wilderness.

What was the local scene in like in the beginning , was there a particular bands you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

In Devon where i grew up there were a few kind of New Wave bands, we were always the snot nosed punks though, I started to write a column for a local newspaper which allowed me to visit the nearest city, Plymouth, and report on shows that were happening there, SLF, Crass, Cockney Rejects etc etc that introduced me to good live bands.

Who are your biggest musical influences besides Amebix and UK punk? How familiar are you with Roy Orbison and Engelbert Humperdinck?

Yes, Roy Orbison’s “Drove all Night”..to make lure to you….The Dinck was a nightmare from my youth too. Musically I love Sabbath, Killing Joke, Accept and Mercyful Fate as my primary influences i would say.

How would you best describe your sound?

Cthonic, earthy, mythical and mystical.

How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How many other musicians did you try out that didn’t make the cut? How stable is the current lineup?

I tried to find people to make this band for around a year with no success at all, no one wanted to get involved until Andy and Jon came on board with Away and then we had the right people, I would have taken a busker off the street at one point just to get it going but even a local guy here was ‘too busy.’

Your new record Pillar Of Fire has already leaked and physically comes out this month via Relapse Records. What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out? Will it be available on cassette or vinyl? Is it true that the record contract with Relapse is the size of a phone book?

Relapse usually ask for a small panel of skin from each member of the band, I hear they stitch it all into a giant ‘Rock Quilt’ every few years, which are on display in their gigantic high rise offices. I do hope the LP will be available on cassette for the people who leaked it only, total twats in my books.

Do you have cover songs in your repertoire? Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly?  Did you record any cover songs for bonus tracks?

No, never learned to play anyone else’s stuff, my old car has a cassette player, and i still have a few old sticky stretchy tapes from way back, cassettes are silly but amusing too, like a Trike, the worst of all worlds.

What other bands are you guys in?

Away is in about 5 bands at present. Andy is in War//Plague, Jon and Tom have both given up lucrative careers in misery and frustration respectively to pursue this particular Albatross.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once in different or the same formats?

My first album was 20 Fantastic Original Hits, it featured Joe Cocker, The Move, T Rex and Procol Harum. I did buy that again a few years back. Procol Harum are still a huge haunting influence on my music after all these years, lyrical brilliance and some great atmosphere.

Do you follow President Trump on Twitter?

I follow President Twat on Twumper, doesn’t everyone?

Out of all your songs which one gets you excited the most when you perform it? Are there any political, sexual or social issues hidden in Tau Cross songs?

There are plenty of all of those. I don’t achieve full tumescence on stage despite the sleazy undertones of songs such as “Hangmans Hyll”, but who knows?

Does the current political climate here in America amuse you or scare you?

I think it is amusing, watching the last days of the American Empire, a great Country reduced to being a bully and terrorist against the rest of the World, going out with a fizz rather than a bang really. It amuses me to see your obsession with identity politics and neo liberal sentiments, pure Roman decadence.

What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?

Fuck knows, I just shout into a metal tube.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate.

I don’t know about that. Most bands are probably assholes to tour with day in day out. I have interrogated Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) on a couple of occasions, I do like a decent chinwag with interesting people.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Killing Yourself to Live – Black Sabbath

Mob Rules-Black Sabbath
Restless and Wild- Accept
The Ghost of Tom Joad- Bruce Springsteen

Whats your next gig?

Touring Scandinavia and some of Europe in August, should be a wizard wheeze.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

What do you call the useless flap of skin attached to the end of a penis? A man.   (boom,tishhh)

 

 

Child Bite, King Parrot & Voivod North American Tour In Full Rage

The manic noise rock merchants in Detroit’s CHILD BITE kicked off an epic run of live takeovers earlier this month in support of their recently-issued Negative Noise full-length. The live debauchery (which included first-time shows in Mexico), continues with a stretch of shows opening for the mighty Voivod alongside labelmates King Parrot as well as additional one-off shows scattered during and following the tour’s conclusion.

CHILD BITE w/ Voivod, King Parrot:
5/19/2016 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
5/20/2016 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
5/23/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/25/2016 Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
5/26/2016 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/27/2016 Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
5/28/2016 Vinyl / Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
5/30/2016 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
5/31/2016 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/01/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/02/2016 The Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
6/03/2016 The Underground – Santa Ana, CA
6/04/2016 Strummers – Fresno, CA
6/07/2016 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
6/08/2016 Slims – San Francisco, CA
6/09/2016 WoW Hall – Eugene, OR
6/10/2016 Dante’s- Portland, OR
6/11/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/12/2016 Distrikt – Victoria, BC
6/13/2016 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/15/2016 Dickens – Calgary, AB
6/16/2016 Starlight Room – Edmonton, AB
6/17/2016 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/18/2016 Good Will Social Club – Winnipeg, MB
6/19/2016 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
6/21/2016 Call The Office – London, ON
6/22/2016 This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton, ON **
6/24/2016 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON w/ Psycroptic **
6/25/2016 Amnesia Rockfest – Montebello, QC
6/26/2016 La Source De La Martiniere – Quebec City, QC
6/27/2016 Nectar’s – Burlington, VT **
6/28/2016 Once – Somerville, MA **
6/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY **
6/30/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA **
** w/ King Parrot (no Voivod)

Negative Noise is out now on Housecore Records. The traumatizing, forty-seven-minute offering was produced by label head Philip H. Anselmo, mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer), and is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod, and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps. With twelve tracks of the bands distinct brand of chaotic, noisy apocalyptic sound Negative Noise represents all the weirdness that has made CHILD BITE so great over their hard years on the road.

Voivod announce North American “Post Society Tour” with King Parrot & Child Bite‏

VOIVOD’s drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment on the upcoming band activities: “After an exciting North American East Coast tour with Vektor, Eight Bells and Black Fast, we are thrilled to tour the West Coast of USA and across Canada with King Parrot and Child Bite.

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In continued support of the release of their mini-CD entitled Post Society – EP to much worldwide acclaim via Century Media Records, Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD have announced their next North American tour for May / June as well as a run of European shows for August / September.
VOIVOD’s drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment on the upcoming band activities: “After an exciting North American East Coast tour with Vektor, Eight Bells and Black Fast, we are thrilled to tour the West Coast of USA and across Canada with King Parrot and Child Bite. We have updated the set list, so be ready for a few classics mixed with new songs from the ‘Post Society – EP’. In the meantime, well…we’re still working hard on the next album!!!”.
Here is an overview of the upcoming dates announced so far (Updates marked *):
VOIVOD, King Parrot & Child Bite – “Post Society” North American Tour 2016:
05.19.2016 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey *
05.20.2016 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box *
05.21.2016 Austin, TX – Barracuda*
05.23.2016 Houston, TX – Scout Bar *
05.25.2016 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre *
05.26.2016 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
05.27.2016 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes *
05.28.2016 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl / Hard Rock Café
05.30.2016 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge *
05.31.2016 Flagstaff, AZ – Green Room *
06.01.2016 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
06.02.2016 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go Go
06.03.2016 Santa Ana, CA – The Underground *
06.04.2016 Fresno, CA – Strummers *
06.08.2016 San Francisco, CA – Slims *
06.09.2016 Eugene, OR – WoW Hall *
06.19.2016 Portland, OR – Dante’s *
06.11.2016 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
06.12.2016 Victoria, BC – Distrikt *
06.13.2016 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
06.15.2016 Calgary, AB – Dickens *
06.16.2016 Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
06.17.2016 Regina, SK – The Exchange *
06.18.2016 Winnipeg, MB – Good Will Social Club *
06.19.2016 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks *
06.21.2016 London, ON – Call The Office *
VOIVOD at festivals 2016:
06.25.2016 Montebello, QC – Amnesia Rockfest *
07.23.2016 Mexico City (Mexico) – Hell & Heaven Fest
VOIVOD’s Post Society – EP, which follows up 2013’s acclaimed “Target Earth” album release, is a very special release available as Digipak CD and as Digital Download, containing 5 studio tracks, including the previously vinyl-only new VOIVOD songs from the limited split 7″ EP’s with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs and a Hawkwind cover (“Silver Machine”) with a total playing time of 30 minutes. The artwork was once more created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.

VOIVOD touring Europe as part of the “Deathcrusher 2015″ package; New 7” EP in the works!‏

VOIVOD’s drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: “We are proud to be part of this crazy line-up and psyched to go back to Europe again this year. What a thrill to meet all our friends once more and share the stage with our partners in metal.”

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Following their acclaimed return to European stages in May, Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD are confirmed to return to Europe in October as part of the heavyweight “Deathcrusher 2015” tour alongside CARCASS, OBITUARY, HEROD, and label mates NAPALM DEATH.

VOIVOD’s drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: “We are proud to be part of this crazy line-up and psyched to go back to Europe again this year. What a thrill to meet all our friends once more and share the stage with our partners in metal.”

And just in time for this outstanding tour package and as further teaser for their next studio album, the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Target Earth release, VOIVOD has announced they will also release a special and limited split 7″ EP together with label/touring companions NAPALM DEATH. Look out for more details about this project very soon!

VOIVOD live 2015: 

“Deathcrusher UK / Ireland Tour 2015”

Carcass, Obituary, Voivod & Herod

Presented by Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin, Big Cheese & RageWear

10.23.15 Wolverhampton (UK) – Wulfrun Hall *

10.24.15 Glasgow (Scotland) – Barrowlands *

10.25.15 Belfast (N. Ireland) – Limelight 1 *

10.26.15 Dublin (Ireland) – Olympia *

10.27.15 Bristol (UK) – Motion *

10.28.15 Newcastle (UK) – Northumbria Uni *

10.29.15 London (UK) – Forum *

10.30.15 Manchester (UK) – Ritz *

“Deathcrusher Tour 2015”

Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod

Presented by Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin, Big Cheese & Rage Wear

10.31.15 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix Zaal *

 11.02.15 Köln (Germany) – Live Music Hall

11.03.15 Geneva (Switzerland) – L’Usine

11.04.15 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn

11.05.15 Prague (Czech Republic) – Folimanka Hall

11.06.15 Magdeburg (Germany) – Factory

11.08.15 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Tradgar’n

11.09.15 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan

11.11.15 Gdansk (Poland) – B90

11.12.15 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja

11.13.15 Leipzig (Germany) – Täubchenthal

11.14.15 Geiselwind (Germany) – MusicHall

11.15.15 Vienna (Austria) – Simm City

11.16.15 Munich (Germany) – Backstage *

11.17.15 Bologna (Italy) – Estragon Club

11.18.15 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7

11.19.15 Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof

11.20.15 Berlin (Germany) – Astra *

11.21.15 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Speedfest

11.22.15 Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage *

11.23.15 Paris (France) – La Cigale *

11.24.15  Lyon (France) – Le Transbordeur *

11.26.15 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Riviera

11.27.15 Lisboa (Portugal) – Cine Teatro Corrois

11.28.15 Bilbao (Spain) – Sala Santana 27

11.29.15 Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Razzmatazz

New HD Video Of Exhumed Live In Oakland

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2 camera video of Exhumed  performing their chart topping smash hit “Slaughtercult” 02/20/15 @ Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, California

Exhumed is an American death metal band from San Jose, California that is currently signed to Relapse Records. The band plays an old school style of death metal influenced by early Carcass and Entombed and is known for its gore-themed lyrics. The band, which has endured a highly unstable line-up since inception, formed in 1990, went on hiatus in 2005, and reformed in 2010, with guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey being the band’s only consistent member.

New Video Interview With Voivod Drummer Away And Oakland, California Performance Footage

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Voivod drummer Michel Langevin (Away) born May 30, 1963 talks current tour, upcoming releases, writing process, memories of Denis “Piggy” D’Amour and much more with Todd Owens of Capital Chaos TV 02/20/15 @ Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, California

2 camera video of Voivod performing their chart topping smash hit “Tribal Conviction” 02/20/15 @ Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, California

Voivod was formed in 1982 in Jonquière, Quebec, Canada. Influenced equally by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the burgeoning hardcore punk scene and 70’s progressive rock, Voivod forged a distinctive brand of heavy music that often relied on lyrical themes such as Reagan-era Cold War politics, post-apocalyptic literature and science fiction. Killing Technology (1987) began the band’s evolution in earnest, with the character from Voivod’s album covers (drawn by drummer Away and named as “Korgull” on 1986’s Rrröööaaarrr) significantly being depicted in a spaceship. Drawing more heavily on hardcore punk than metal influences by this point, Voivod began evolving without the aid of increasing speed and storytelling on the following Dimension Hatross. Voivod was one of the first thrash bands from Canada to gain popularity outside of their country’s borders, reaching the peak of their global popularity with the 1989 release Nothingface which featured a cover version of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine”. Other progressive rock covers include Pink Floyd’s “The Nile Song” on their 1993 release The Outer Limits and “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson on Phobos. Much of the band’s sound comes from guitarist Piggy’s usage of dissonant chords, usually played in the high register of the guitar, used extensively on Nothingface. Albums like Dimension Hatröss are dominated by dissonant chords, unexpected time signatures and guitarist Piggy’s liberal use of unconventional minor chords.