Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is in the process of assembling vocalists for Probot, a side project that will feature his new, original songs sung by his favorite metal vocalists.
According to the project’s executive producer and “riff consultant,” Matt Sweeney, Grohl has already written and recorded the bass, drum and guitar parts at his home studio in Virginia with Adam Kasper, who engineered the Foo Fighters’ There Is Nothing Left to Lose. He then sent one instrumental track to a handful of singers, each of whom was asked to come up with lyrics, record them and then title the song.
Participants include Celtic Frost’s Thomas Gabriel Warrior, Soulfly’s Max Cavalera, King Diamond, Corrosion of Conformity’s Mike Dean, Venom’s Cronos, Snake (formerly of Voivod and now with Union Made), Treble’s Eric Wagner, Wino (formerly of the Obsessed and now with Spirit Caravan) and Slayer’s Tom Araya. Motorhead’s Lemmy and Pantera’s Phil Anselmo are also expected to lend their lungs.
Sweeney says while writing and recording the music, Grohl stuck an old Voivod sticker on a chair in his studio “for inspiration.” Grohl’s association with the cyber-metal band dates back to the Eighties, when he drummed in Scream.
“Whenever (Dave would) come to Montreal, he’d crash at a friend’s place, John Kastner [formerly of the Doughboys, now with All Systems Go!], and he was telling me how much of a fan of the band he was, and we kept in touch,” recounts Voivod drummer Michel Langevin. In keeping with the Voivod theme, Grohl has also tapped Langevin to design the cover art for the album. “I haven’t heard the music but supposedly it’s a lot like Voivod,” Langevin continues. “He really likes the logos I did for Voivod, the mechanical stuff, so maybe I’ll go towards that.”
The progressive, sci-fi inspired band has reunited with Metalblade, the very first label that signed it in the Eighties. Voivod, now working as a trio (down from a quartet after the departure of Snake and bassist Blacky, and addition of vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest), will record their next studio album with Steve Albini in Chicago, starting at the end of January.
“It’s probably going to be the best sounding Voivod album ever,” says Langevin. “The album will be the final chapter in the Voivod series,” he adds, referring to six of the band’s albums that have been based on the Voivod character. “The message of Voivod is a message of peace against war and it ends in peace.”
The Voivod album is scheduled for release next spring. As for Grohl’s pet project, the Probot album will likely be finished early next year and it is also due for a spring release.