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Voivod - RRROOOAAARRR!!! CD (album) cover




Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.55 | 72 ratings

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2 stars Like an enormous buttocks with wings, RRROOOAAARRR!!! glides over the musical landscape, dropping brown steaming bombs upon all semblance of good taste and musical merit. Their previous album was unquestionably raw, but had a ton of charm. For this album, much like the cover, the sound is murkier and generally filthier. Snake's throaty vocals from War And Pain are replaced by early Venom aping with Snake snarling like a drunk Cronos. It's terribly unappealing. The album itself is generally faster, with some songs such as "Ripping Headaches" going full throttle like some of Slayer's Reign In Blood's faster tracks, although the production actually gives the listener a ripping headache with the snare being too loud.

"Here comes the last fighting men. One by one they're passing in the gas."

An excerpt from "Horror", the lyrics are the same brand of sloppy broken English rants about fighting and destruction that litters their prior work, which remains as one of this album's few unintentional charms, despite the ugly vocal delivery.

Piggy's guitar work is difficult to distinguish thanks to a muddy rhythm sound that's drenched by the bass guitar and an incredibly irritating lead tone that, when they're actually decipherable, sounds like a bunch of blues scales played fast. The rhythm section itself has a punkish looseness to it that benefited their slightly rockish thrash debut moreso than what should be tight workmanship concerning this more straightforward speed-thrash affair.

I'm not sure what Voivod were going for here, since it was a clear step back in terms of quality in my opinion from War And Pain, and quite soon afterwards they would release Killing Technology, which sounded like a different and far more accomplished band altogether. A sophomore slump, but hey, there's always the lyrics to enjoy.

"Don't need restrictions. Raise the forceful fist. Forge ahead with fun. As long as I live I will cross our weapons To heat up the steel It's time for an ovation"

Prog Sothoth | 2/5 |


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