Michel ‘Away’ Langevin


In my effort to present some of the lesser-known drummers outside of America, I present to you Michel ‘Away’ Langevin, drummer and artist for the Canadian Prog-Metal band Voivod. Michel has been a constant member of the band since its formation in 1982. He is credited with the creation of the mythology of the post-apocalyptic vampire lord Voivod, about which the band originally coalesced, and is largely responsible for its continuing science fiction themes. Langevin is also a talented graphic design artist who composes all of the imagery used on the band’s albums and promo materials. Michel has created all of Voivod’s artwork, as well as the cover for Dave Grohl’s Probot album. He is also credited with the design for Non Phixion’s album cover artwork. Langevin’s dynamic style is a blend of subtle progressive drumming and hard-hitting metal. One of Voivod’s most popular tracks is their cover version of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine” which shows off Michel’s chops.

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