Voivod has re-recorded classic tracks for “Morgöth Tales”

The bandmembers of Voivod in the recording studio

It’s a natural reaction for die-hard fans of an old band to cringe when the group revisits its old material and re-records it. It’s the worst when a band redoes an entire album, but Voivod hasn’t done that. With Morgöth Tales, the guys have picked out tracks from various album and given them a contemporary recording.

Perhaps the versions are similar to what you’d hear if they played all these songs live—you’re not going to hear the same performance in 2023 that they delivered back in 1984, say.

Morgöth Tales is a part of Voivod’s 40th anniversary (there’s a tour going on now for that) and it’s a must for any Voivod maniac. I think it’s a lot of fun. It features a new song which is the title track, and former members Jason Newsted (Jasonic) and Eric Forrest (E-Force) make appearances. Interestingly, Forrest’s track “Rise” features quite an update, and it’s a cool take.

I didn’t catch Voivod when the band came to my area this year, but this collection makes up for it.

The digital and limited-edition CD versions of Morgöth Tales have a Public Image Ltd. cover as a bonus. Century Media Records is releasing it on CD, LP, and digital on July 21, 2023. Preorders for the album are up now.

Watch the “Nuage Fractal” lyric video:

Voivod tour dates

May 19, 2023 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 20, 2023 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
May 21, 2023 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It
May 26, 2023 – Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof
May 28, 2023 – Munich (Germany) – Backstage 
May 30, 2023 – Lyon (France) – Transbordeur
May 31, 2023 – Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
June 1, 2023 – Trezzo sull’Adda / Milano (Italy) – Live Club 
June 2, 2023 – Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Siska
June 3, 2023 – Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn
June 5, 2023 – Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater
June 13, 2023 – Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
June 7-10, 2023 – Gdansk (Poland) – Mystic Festival
June 15-18, 2023 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
June 15-18, 2023 – Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 22-24, 2023 – Oslo (Norway) – Tons of Rock Festival
August 11-12, 2023 – Helsinki (Finland) – Helsinki Metal Festival

Also: Read my interview with Snake from Voivod here at the blog.


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