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3.84 | 145 ratings

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3 stars Angel Rat was a dissapointment to me a first, but itīs grown a little on me. This was the last album Blacky would appear on, and you can hear why. There is not much left of his signature rumbling bass ( itīs there, but due to the more subtle compositions itīs not as prominant as before), and maybe he didnīt feel there was a need for him in the band anymore.

Compared to Voivodīs earlier materiel and especially the masterpieces Killing Technology, Dimension Hatröss and Nothingface the music had become much simpler and more song orientated. The structure of the songs are very much radio rock like, which to me is dissapointing as I am bored quickly with this structure.

There are gems on Angel Rat though and a song like "the Prow" is in my eyes the most catchy and melodic song Voivod has ever written. Beautiful track, just beautiful. Songs like "Panorama", "Clouds in my House" and "Golem" have strong melodies too, but I grow tired through the album of the simple song structures and repeated choruses.

This album is not very progressive in any way, and Iīm sure this is not the album that paved the way for Voivodīs place in the Prog Archives.

A solid offering though, itīs just pretty mediocre, and not very progressive.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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