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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.24 | 367 ratings

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5 stars Nothingface is a great album which sees VOIVOD's signature sound tightened and refined with outstanding results as their progression from thrash to technologically influenced progressive metal complete. I actually came upon this album because I had been told they are a good thrash band so I was quite suprised to find this totally unexpected yet welcome piece of music.

The musicianship on this album is great, the musicians all interlock brilliantly, the drums are interesting and reasonably technical in parts, Denis 'piggy' D'Amour is the crown jewel of the band producing some amazingly original and interesting riffs. Given there is only one guitar the bass does a fantastic job of cementing things together and holding the fort while piggy is off on a solo. I think the only let down with regards to the musicians are the vocals, they are rather lacklustre and toneless although it doesn't bother me a great deal now that I'm used to it.

The album starts off strongly after a brief introduction with one of the best songs on the album 'the unknown knows' and we get our first taste of the angular, paranoid and most suprisingly emotionally evocative music on nothingface. There are some really great bits in this song, I espeically like the part when it gets quite fast after the solo.

Nothingface continues on strongly with what else but the title track - Nothingface, the music is once again very abrupt and jagged and the song has a great chorus (though the technological lyrics are fairly cheesy which is something that carries on through the whole album love them or hate them).

Probably my favourite song on the album is the pink floyd cover astronomy domine, VOIVOD have really done a fantastic job in capturing the spaciness this song demands although in a different way to the original but it is an altogether fantastic cover of a classic song by a classic band - a formidable feat to accomplish.

The album then tapers off a bit in my opinion and whilst the remaining songs aren't by any means bad in fact they are all pretty good but just not as good as the first few songs on the album.

All in all a great album from VOIVOD and a pivotal point in their career and the progression of their sound, I'd say this album is worth about 4.5 stars but I'm going to round it down to 4 due to some of the issues I mentioned before such as the vocals, the cheesy lyrics and the album tapering off towards the end.

FruMp | 5/5 |


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