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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.02 | 14 ratings

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4 stars "Kronik" is an interesting compilation album divided into three parts: three disc jockey remixes of some more recent Voivod songs, four rare songs from special editions, b-sides or Japanese version of their last albums and finally four live songs recorded within the last years and with the trio line-up including E-Force, Piggy and Away.

The remixes are average songs. "Forlorn" is more diversified and electronical than the original version and starts this album in a heavy way without any introduction. This is surely the best of the three remixes. "Nanoman" sounds quite like the original version and is somehow an unnecessary experience without any courage. "Mercury" sounds very weird and dumb and is even more difficult to listen to than the original song.

The four studio songs sound really well and are better than many songs from the last two studio albums. "Vortex" is the weakest song of the four studio songs, but it has some interesting bass lines and E-Force can finally prove his talent on the instrument. "Drift" is very atmospheric and reminds of spacier version of an old Metallica song and will make the Thrash fans of Voivod quite happy. "Erosion" goes in the same direction and it is one of the rare songs of the band at that time to which you get easily a good approach. "Ion" is a typical Space Thrash song of the band and surprises with a weird guitar solo, crazy sounds, a hypnotical chant and a very tight drumming. All the four tracks are definitely worth listening to.

The four live songs are okay but nothing more. They sound mostly like the studio versions and the connection between the band and the crowd is very lame. A positive point is that the voice of E-Force is more emotional than on the studio albums and sounds really unique. Another positive thing is the good sound of the live recordings. If you know the band a little bit better you might know that the sound of most of their live recordings have only demo quality and sound horrible.

All the three different sections of this album have their positive and negative points, but I think that this album is worth a try and a good addition for any true fan of this band while the occasional fan might consider this compilation as unnecessary.

Originally published on on October 6th of the year 2010.

kluseba | 4/5 |


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