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THE OUTER LIMITS

Voivod

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.24 | 97 ratings

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Gooner
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5 stars I have 2 words: "Jack Luminous!"

Even if you're not a metal fan, all prog.rockers MUST hear "Jack Luminous". I would consider myself a moderate metal fan, the most progressive in my collection would be Fates Warning, Queensryche, Anacrusis and Voivod(...and a little Anathema and Meshuggah). I remember hearing Voivod's "War And Pain" album back in the day when it came out and I thought it was more hilarious than anything musically serious. On each Voivod album, they progressed in leaps and bounds. This, "The Outer Limits" being the pinnacle of their creativity and masterpiece of their "progressive" period(along with "Dimension Hatross"). In retrospect, this could sound like a collaboration between the direction Tool would take and King Crimson playing Rush and Motorhead with precision. But this came out in 1993(a little ahead of its time). The album is rife with retro-sounding soundFX from '50s and '60s sci-fi movies. The festivities begin with "Fix My Heart". A real rocker and great for the highway(could be the '90s "Highway Star"). "Moonbeam Rider" is a thrashy rollercoaster where the late Denis D'Amour really shines with his unique guitar style(glissando guitar-like and Frippy/thrashy). "Le Pont Noir" is another highlight. Very dark and psychedelic. "The Nile Song" is a Pink Floyd cover. It's OK, but it's the weaker of the tracks on this album(they do a better job on "Astronomy Domine" from Nothingface). "Jack Luminous"(this is the "Close To The Edge/Tarkus" of tech/extreme prog.metal). I can't even describe it, really. Prog/Metal/Trash(played with precision and never sloppy). It must be heard from every fan of prog.rock. "We Are Not Alone" ends the album with that very question: ARE WE? (I think I hear a UFO whooshin' by at the conclusion of the track...very cool!). A masterpiece of tech/extreme prog.metal. Comes with 3D glasses.

Gooner | 5/5 |

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