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4 stars "Angel Rat" by Voivod is a very good album.

Though not "perfect," by prog-rock standards or my own, there is still so much to appreciate in this album it often petrifies me.

Voivod is a band known for their science-fiction themes. Many other prog bands deal with similar themes, or dungeons & dragons type fantasy themes, to the point wherein these ideas have almost become cliche. In 1991, enter Voivod's "Angel Rat."

Not quite science fiction or fantasy, the lyrical content of these songs concerns a haunted pirate ship and the drama created by the ghosts therein. Musically, Voivod, as usual, abandons any sort of conventional approach and pairs Piggy's dissonant chord structure with Snake's atonal vocal approach. Critics of the band say things such as, "Well, Snake is just a bad singer. He sings in monotone. He doesn't sound like an American Idol." To that I say: gibberish. Snake is one of my favorite vocalists, and I have listened to much in the way of music. His approach is intentional. Snake deliberately alienates himself from the audience to achieve an ambience of uncertainty. What is going on in the realm of the Angel Rat? Few know. Few have lived to tell the tale.

Snake's vocals cannot be duplicated. The aura he creates is one of uneasiness. One cannot feel perfectly at ease during Voivod's ramblings. One is not supposed to. The type of listener that is prepared for Voivod's sound is ready for a challenge... is ready to take what he or she knows about music and throw it out the window, to be assaulted by a sound that presumes to be from outer space... and has the unearthly sound to back this claim up.

Voivod is incredible. Angel Rat is an album worth buying.

chorvath | 4/5 |


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