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5 stars In 1991 Voivod decided to record a lighter album. This is more like rock and roll release with some outstading psychedelic vibes. The progress of the band took several years. Since Killing Technology it was clear that band drifted into progressive rock tunes but Angel Rat proves they didn't want to scare people anymore. The music isn't very complicated in its form but Denis D'amour proves again how excellent guitarist he is. Album starts with fast rock and roll tune Panorama. Structures of that song aren't very complex but sound of Piggys guitar is truly amazing. It's a bit of Rush style in that so no one should wonder. Terry Brown legendary Rush producer worked on this album. Clounds In My House is really great song, it's a bit psychedelic and if you pay attention to the lyrics you'll find interesting story very similar to what you can find in books about Moomins. This subject repeats in The Prow but this song is faster than previous one. Very melodic with good solo. Best Regards is about ecology and it's a bit psychedelic as well but Twin Dummy is totally druggy. This song is fast and melodic and those guitar licks are really excellent. You won't find it on any other release by any band. It's so unique and interesting. Circus comes to town, don't ask me what this song's about. Title song is kind of psychedelic Floyd-like ballad. It's a good one. It's again ancient fairytale. Who;s Angel Rat? Such bizarre creature. Golem is probably my favorite on this release but to be honest i don't know why cos i like all these songs. This song is mixture of rock and roll, old psychedelic rock and something else. Factor X. And better pay attention to the lyrics cos you won't hear something like that on other rock albums. It's totally crazed, it a factory of.... no you have to discover that. This spacy rock song is a true killer. The Outcast is good rock and roll song and you can also hear additional keyboard in the background. Nuage Fractal is about Lorenz Chaos Theory and Butterfly Effect. Someting worth of attention for sure. Musically it's probaly the most psychedelic song on this release. Still very melodic of course, it's like Beatles mixed with Floyd and some harder stuff. Freedom starts with some peaceful chords and Denis Belanger sings with deep voice red grass up to my knees... This song is excellent of course. It's similar formula as title song. The last track on the album is None Of The Above pro-ecological stuff with great rock and roll chords. Denis D'amour proves he's one of the best guitarists in the world. Well he was cos he sadly passed away in 2005. Anyway, Angel Rat is my favorite Voivod release by some reasons. Maybe it's not the most proggy Voivod album but it's definitely the most psychedelic and to me it's like Sgt Pepper's of 90s. Highly recommended.
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