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Formed in Jonquière, Quebec, Canada in 1982 - Still active as of 2018

VOIVOD formed in 1982 as a fairly straitforward metal band, favoring the British Metal end of the spectrum. After a few years their sound took a major turn to the progressive side, incorporating futuristic imagery and unified concepts for albums. Two of the four founding members (bassist Jean-Yves Theriault and vocalist Denis Belanger) left Voivod in the early 90s; the band continued as a trio in the late 1990s with new member Eric Forrest handling both vocals and bass guitar. Forrest was badly injured in a car accident in Germany in 1998, and Voivod briefly disbanded in 2001 before Belanger returned to the band. Since the death in 2005 of Denis D'Amour (guitars), the current incarnation features two of the four founding members: Denis Belanger (vocals), and Michel Langevin (drums) along with Jason Newsted (of Flotsam and Jetsam and Metallica) on bass guitar. They rank alongside DREAM THEATER as pioneers in the development of progressive metal in the 80s, but tend to favor a heavier and more sparse musical style more akin to QUEENSRYCHE. Keyboards (or any other instruments besides vocals, guitars, drums, and bass) are almost non-existent in the music.

Their first truly progressive album was "Killing Technology" (1987), followed by "Dimension: Hatross" (1988) which is often considered their most innovative work. "Nothingface" (1989) continued on the science fiction theme, and featured a cover version of PINK FLOYD's "Astronomy Domine" (They also covered PINK FLOYD's "The Nile Song" on their 1993 release "The Outer Limits"). "Angel Rat" (1991) is also well-regarded in progressive metal circles. They continue to record and tour, and have been seen on the Ozzfest roster a few times.

If you like your music heavy, dark, and cold with a pronounced sci-fi flavor, VOIVOD is essential. They are worth checking out for the PINK FLOYD cover songs alone.

James Lee, USA

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3.03 | 93 ratings
War And Pain
1984
2.57 | 86 ratings
RRROOOAAARRR!!!
1986
4.05 | 170 ratings
Killing Technology
1987
4.29 | 222 ratings
Dimension Hatross
1988
4.26 | 321 ratings
Nothingface
1989
3.84 | 150 ratings
Angel Rat
1991
4.16 | 160 ratings
The Outer Limits
1993
2.40 | 71 ratings
Negatron
1995
3.04 | 72 ratings
Phobos
1997
3.09 | 68 ratings
Voivod
2003
3.10 | 71 ratings
Katorz
2006
3.17 | 55 ratings
Infini
2009
3.91 | 95 ratings
Target Earth
2013
4.02 | 83 ratings
The Wake
2018

VOIVOD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.17 | 17 ratings
Voivod Lives
2000
3.28 | 13 ratings
Warriors of Ice
2011
3.80 | 5 ratings
Live At Roadburn 2011
2012

VOIVOD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.49 | 16 ratings
D-V-O-D-1
2005
4.25 | 4 ratings
Tatsumaki - Voivod Japan 2008
2009

VOIVOD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.44 | 10 ratings
The Best of Voivod
1992
2.11 | 17 ratings
Kronik
1998
4.20 | 5 ratings
To The Death 84
2011
4.50 | 2 ratings
Build Your Weapons (The Very Best of The Noise Years 1986-1988)
2017
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Nuclear Blast Recordings
2018

VOIVOD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
Anachronism
1983
4.25 | 4 ratings
To The Death
1984
3.33 | 3 ratings
Morgöth Invasion
1984
4.17 | 6 ratings
Thrashing Rage
1986
4.43 | 7 ratings
Cockroaches
1987
5.00 | 2 ratings
Astronomy Domine
1989
5.00 | 2 ratings
Into My Hypercube
1989
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Lost Machine
1993
5.00 | 2 ratings
Fix My Heart
1993
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Nile Song
1994
4.33 | 3 ratings
Nanoman
1996
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at MusiquePlus
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Voivod
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
We Carry On
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
Mechanical Mind
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Kluskap O' Kom
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Forever Mountain / Phonetics for the Stupefied (with Napalm Death)
2015
4.29 | 7 ratings
We Are Connected
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Fall / Gospel Of The Horns (with Entombed A.D.)
2016
3.63 | 20 ratings
Post Society
2016
4.50 | 2 ratings
Silver Machine
2017
3.17 | 4 ratings
The End of Dormancy
2020

VOIVOD Reviews


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 Dimension Hatross by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.29 | 222 ratings

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Dimension Hatross
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Artik

5 stars It's prog thrash metal I would say. There is concept (fascinating sci-fi story of microgalaxy) to this album, there are maverick rhythms and mindblowing riffs. Clean vocals made it easier for the prog crowd to digest it, but they are mean enough to be appreciated by metalheads, who are open enough for all the complexity. The music is dense, fast and adventurous, and in all this somewhat catchy. Besides it bears enough qualities of it's own to be recognised as Voivod and not mistaken for anyone else. It gives enourmous pleasure for a listener. And it's very important in the history of prog metal as it basicly gave birth to the subgenre pushing the boundries further than Metalica's "...And justice for all" and it's probably more developed than "The music of Erich Zann" by Mekong Delta - both released the same year. In it's category (so to fully aprreciate you would have to like metal aesthetic) it's a 5 star prog masterpiece.
 The Wake by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.02 | 83 ratings

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The Wake
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars I don't think there's another feeling as beautiful as watching one of your favorite bands make one of their best albums after a stream of good, but not incredible, works.

"The Wake" is Voivod's 14th studio album (damn!), and it's a direct continuation to the concept album that comes right before it, "Target Earth" which explains why both album covers got a similar art style.

I will be honest when I tell you that I was incredibly hyped for this album the moment I realized there was a +10 minute song in it. I'm used to long songs, but Voivod rarely makes them! And by rarely I mean they have only made two in their entire discography, the first one being their best song "Jack Luminous".

Of course, this album is classic Voivod. Fast paced prog-thrash songs with Sci-fi lyrical themes and a good balance of ambience and heaviness. It only has eight tracks but each of them have enough substance to stand by themselves or when doing full listens.

I'm happy and proud to give this record a five star rating. So happy to see this band still has a spark of creativity.

 Dimension Hatross by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.29 | 222 ratings

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Dimension Hatross
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars Voivod's first grand breakthrough: Very sound defining and very progressive.

After the raw thrash masterpiece that was its predecessor "Killing Technology", "Dimension Hatröss" has Voivod stepping into more progressive areas.

This album is pretty heavy and I also felt it was a little more experimental, featuring many sections with Sci-Fi-sounding effects spread all around the album (for those who don't know, Voivod's favorite lyric material has almost always been Sci-Fi).

The album begins with "Experiment": A 6-Minute track that begins with a slow fade in, only to start with a funky and heavy riff. Just like Nothingface's "The Unknown Knows", this track defines the sound for the rest of the album.

This album is Voivod's first greatest breakthrough (Killing Technology was a masterpiece as well but it wasn't as unique as this album), and I truly believe it is essential to any tech/extreme metal album collection.

Oh and in case you're wondering: It has no growls. So if you're a 70s prog and and enjoy metal, you can try this album (and the rest of Voivod's discography) with no problem.

 Nothingface by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.26 | 321 ratings

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Nothingface
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars Voivod's second grand breakthrough. After the very progressive and sound-defining "Dimension Hatröss" released just one year before, Voivod's fifth album, "Nothingface" finds Voivod at one of its many creative peaks.

Nothingface was meant to be their commercial breakthrough, featuring more accessible music compared to their previous albums, while using the progressive aspects from its predecessor.

It wasn't that much of a commercial breakthrough unfortunately, but we got an even better type of breakthrough: A Creative One.

The album starts with The Unknown Knows: A catchy, progressive and heavy track. A very defining track as the rest of the album sounds alot like this one. One of my favorites from the album.

Gotta give it five stars because of how unique (and well executed) this album (and the rest of Voivod's discography starting from Killing Technology) is, and how well executed its ideas are.

 The End of Dormancy by VOIVOD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2020
3.17 | 4 ratings

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The End of Dormancy
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "The End of Dormancy" is an EP release by Canadian progressive/thrash metal act Voivod. The EP was released through Century Media Records in July 2020. It´s a 3 track, 22:31 minutes long release, featuring a version of "The End of Dormancy" from "The Wake (2018)" (the band´s preceding album release) with added trumpets, saxophone and trombones titled "The End of Dormancy (Metal Section)", a live version of the same track and a live version of "The Unknown Knows" (the studio version of that track is featured on "Nothingface (1989)"), recorded at Montreal Jazz Fest 2019. A video was also released for the new brass version of "The End of Dormancy".

The inclusion of the brass arrangement to "The End of Dormancy" works really well and gives the song a bombastic quality. Voivod experimentet with string arrangements on "The Wake (2018)" (on "Iconspiracy" and on "Sonic Mycelium") and now with a brass arrangement on "The End of Dormancy", see them come out as victors. I´d not give that trend up just yet as those experiments definitely provide some spice to Voivod´s already adventurous songwriting approach. The live version of "The End of Dormancy", which also features the brass arrangement, and the live version of "The Unknown Knows" are both well performed and both also feature a good quality live sound.

Listening to the same track twice on a release (although in two different versions), is seldom something which pleases my ears and I can´t say this EP changes that. So while the quality of the performances, the material, and the sound quality of both the studio track and the two live tracks are of a high quality, the EP as a full listening experience does suffer slightly from the live version of "The End of Dormancy" directly succeeding the studio version on the tracklist. I think it would have worked better if "The Unknown Knows" had been placed between the two versions of the title track. So there´s nothing wrong with the content of the release, but a good tracklist flow is important too, and that´s where this EP score low. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is still fully deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Dimension Hatross by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.29 | 222 ratings

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Dimension Hatross
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars Dimension Hatross and Nothingface are just phenomenal. I have owned these albums for a while, but they have not clicked with me before. I think that mood is everything when it comes to music, and I am just ready for anything at this point. It would be tough to pick Dimension Hatross over Nothingface, but for the sake of this review I will focus on the former. Since I did not experience this band when these albums were released, I actually listen to the albums together. I am currently acquiring other albums, so I hope to expand my collection soon. Dimension Hatross is hard hitting thrash and progressive rock intertwined in a complex punkish shell. I think the drumming is great, and it just drives the enjoyment along with the stellar guitar work. It is fast and punkish, but grooves all over the place for complex proggy ears. If that was not enough, how about song titles like Macrosolutions to Megaproblems. I mean seriously, that is deep. As a fan of a progressive metal and harsher music, I am really enjoying this type of music. I generally do not go for thrash, but Voivod really shines in Dimension Hatross. It is just so progressive, and a masterpiece in a unique genre. The way it starts with Experiment and ends with Batman, music is indeed an experiment.
 Nothingface by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.26 | 321 ratings

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Nothingface
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Powerful metal music with an incongruously "nice" vocalist--he sounds too New Wave/post-punk--like he hasn't moved out of the 1980s and barely out of the late 70s. And the music itself occupies more of the high end of the octaval spectrum, making it not nearly as dark or heavy metal as I expected--more like new-wave punk or post- punk.

1. "Intro / The Unknown Knows" (5:55) Great opening. Vocal more like The Clash or The Ambitious Lovers.(8.5/10)

2. "Nothingface" (4:14) more of an avant vocal with a mezzo metal sound palate. (8.75/10)

3. "Astronomy Domine" (Pink Floyd cover) (5:30) suitably metallized. I don't really know (or like) the original) so this is a nice improvement. The best sounding song on the album so far. (9/10)

4. "Missing Sequences" (5:50) opens with a sinister musical and vocal display, until a shift at 0:45 takes it into more technically proficient punk territory. Weird chordal and tempo shifts beneath the singer's constant delivery. Too many shifts. It's as if many riffs and cut from other songs or ideas got all spliced together for this one. Weird, but kind of cool and clever. (8.75/10)

5. "X-Ray Mirror" (4:28) opens a little Crimsonian before turning more tech-metal. Vocally, I'm reminded of Bowie, Zappa, Peter Hammill, and Arto Lindsay. Nice guitar work throughout. (9/10)

6. "Inner Combustion" (3:48) IMHO, the Peter Hammill-like vocal doesn't really fit with the music. Arto Lindsay stylings in the second half. It's as if the band of musicians and the vocalist are operating in two different universes. (8/10)

7. "Pre-Ignition" (5:12) the most complexly constructed and cleverly executed song on the album, for once the lyrics are paled by the work of the musicians. (8.75/10)

8. "Into My Hypercube" (5:04) opens with a soft, gentle sonic palette--even the whispery vocal--until 0:35 when full power distortion is engaged and the vocalist restores his grit. Kind of a cool BLUE 'YSTER CULT Secret Treaties vibe to this one. (8.75/10)

9. "Sub-Effect" (4:30) not sure why, but I think this is my favorite song on the album. I think it's the melody and fitting shifts. (9/10)

Total Time: 44:31

I imagine people who like intelligent lyrics set to thin-walled guitar-bass-and-drums metal would love this.

B/four stars; an excellent heavier contribution to Prog World--especially as it's coming from the 1980s!

 The Outer Limits by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.16 | 160 ratings

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The Outer Limits
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars These Quebecoise do know how to make good music--even if it does sound somewhat dated-UK scene stuff!

1. "Fix My Heart" (4:57) pretty straightforward rock song. (8.25/10)

2. "Moonbeam Rider" (4:11) more movement from this song leads to a more interesting listen. I like the EDGE/U2 chords between the verses and choruses--and then NEKTAR arpeggi in the soft part of the third minute--which is followed by an awesome little solo section. (8.75/10)

3. "Le Pont Noir" (5:43) Leonard Cohen gone dark? Works for me! A top three for me. (8.75/10)

4. "The Nile Song" (4:00) interesting cover of Pink Floyd. Almost OZZY-SABBATH-like. (8.75/10)

5. "The Lost Machine" (5:53) I love the start to this one! Then it settles into a kind of heavy CARDIACS feel, with a surprisingly straightforward structure. The switch at 2:40 is rather drastic and not altogether engaging. Luckily, it doesn't last long--we're back to the main motif by 3:25. Another top three song. (9/10)

6. "Time Warp" (3:54) I like the vocal of this one; the U2-like music is okay. The chorus is great. (9/10)

7. "Jack Luminous" (17:28) a very cool song, great construction. My other top three. (32/35)

8. "Wrong-Way Street" (3:50) "Radar Love" with more U2/EDGE guitar. (8.5/10)

9. "We Are Not Alone" (4:27) another amped up U2-War-like intro before the song takes off into KINGSTON WALL territory. Interesting! (8.75/10)

Total Time: 54:24

B+/4.5 stars; a surprising score for this album that is much more interesting and accessible that it's score would seem to indicate. Hmph! Still, a near-masterpiece of prog-oriented Heavy Metal.

 The Wake by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.02 | 83 ratings

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The Wake
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "The Wake" is the 14th full-length studio album by Canadian progressive/thrash metal act Voivod. The album was released through Century Media Records in September 2018. It´s the successor to "Target Earth" from 2013 and features one lineup change as bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault has been replaced by Dominic "Rocky" Laroche. Thériault´s second tenure with Voivod had not been without issues, and a change in personale was needed to keep the ship afloat. While it´s been 5 years since the release of "Target Earth (2013)", Voivod have not been dormant in the intermediate years, but have released a string of minor releases (singles, splits, and EPs), a compilation album, and a boxset, and they have toured quite a lot too.

"The Wake" continues the sci-fi themed progressive metal style of "Target Earth (2013)" and feels like a natural successor (although "Target Earth (2013)" is overall a little more raw and thrashy). It´s through and through the sound of Voivod. Creative dissonant guitar riffs and jazz/fusion influenced guitar solos, heavy bass lines, organic drumming, and lead vocalist Denis "Snake" Belanger´s distinct sounding vocals in front. Voivod were never an easy or accessible listen, and they haven´t eased up on the oddities or the adventurous and challenging songwriting on "The Wake" either. The surprise element may be gone after all these years (although the successful use of a string quartet on "Iconspiracy" and "Sonic Mycelium" definitely is something new in the Voivod universe), but Voivod are still a force to be reckoned with, both musically and creatively.

Voivod have been through some different musical phases in their long career and if I have to compare the sound and atmosphere on "The Wake" to something else the band have released, if would be a combination of the three albums released in the years 1989-1993. The music on "The Wake" features some of the odd and twisted musical ideas and dissonant riffs of "Nothingface (1989)", the occasional melodic moment similar to "Angel Rat (1991)", and the sci- fi atmospheres and storytelling of "The Outer Limits (1993)". There aren´t that many thrash metal elements, although "The Wake" is occasionally a pretty heavy release.

"The Wake" features a powerful, organic, and detailed sounding production, which suits the material on the 8 track, 55:57 minutes long album perfectly. It´s not an album which grapped me immediately and it took a few spins to sink in and for me to be able to tell the tracks apart, but given a few spins it´s a very rewarding release, featuring many details and intriguing musical ideas. I haven´t always been impressed with Voivod´s post-2000 output, but they managed a return to form with the release of "Target Earth (2013)" and with "The Wake" they prove that the high quality of the direct predecessor wasn´t a one-off. In fact I think "The Wake" may even be a step up in quality from the predecessor and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 The Wake by VOIVOD album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.02 | 83 ratings

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The Wake
Voivod Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars Like any great band that has been around for well over three decades, Quebec's best progressive thrash metal export VOIVOD has gone through its own ups, downs and serious changes ever since they emerged in 1982 out of the frigid northern Canadian city of Jonquière. Haven taken the metal world by storm in the late 80s with their unique blend of dissonant progressive punk laden thrash that forged a new strain of sci-fi based metal with classics like "Killing Technology," "Dimension Hatröss" and "Nothingface," VOIVOD created its own distinctive style that has literally slinked by through the decades with no other band even coming close to emulating. VOIVOD in effect created their own mini-universe that found the perfect mix of dissonant King Crimson inspired guitar riffs and Pink Floyd inspired psychedelia dished out in an unduly Motörhead meets Venom belligerence all the while wrapped up in conceptual tales of cyborgs and futuristic dystopia. In effect, VOIVOD was and remains one of a kind despite all the trials and tribulations of weathering a multi-decade career. And well into the 21st century is back with the much anticipated 14th studio THE WAKE. The cryogenic slumber is over.

While VOIVOD's history includes the usual melange of music biz woes such as members coming and going throughout the years, perhaps no blow was as devastating as losing one of the founding members whose signature sound literally defined the band from a mere pluck of a power chord. Denis D'Amour or better known as Piggy practically trademarked VOIVOD's anarchic and experimental thrash metal idiosyncrasies more than any other members so when he succumbed to colon cancer in 2005 at the tender age of 45 years, it was indubitably a painful time for the band and easily could've spelled the ultimate end of the road for this classic unparalleled metal band. However instead of making any rash decisions during the mourning process, founding members Michel Langevin (Away) and Denis Bélanger (Snake) took some time to honor the memory of their fallen guitar hero with a couple albums of material that had already been written with guitar parts already recorded by Piggy and waited to see how it all played out. Two albums, "Katorz" and "Infini" found posthumous releases of Piggy's guitar playing which the band recorded as a tribute to Piggy's legacy but in order to sally forth into the next chapter, a new guitarist was essential. How could a band continue when their signature member was no more?

With Piggy's art-metal riffage as his primary driving force to become a guitarist and musical innovator, fellow Quebecker Daniel Mongrain (now Chewy) of Trois-Rivière luckily grew up as one of VOIVOD's most rabid fans and early on learned how to play the band's entire canon of music. Having become the seasoned tech metal guitarist in blistering bands such as Martyr, Gorguts and Capharnaum as well as boasting a degree in jazz-interpretation from the University of Montreal, Mongrain proved to be the perfect gift from the gods to give VOIVOD the chance to fill the unfillable shoes of the great Piggy. While armed with that secondary degree in VOIVOD-ology, Mongrain, um Chewy that is, was also the band's biggest fan and in a respectful fashion forged the perfect marriage of marrying Piggy's legacy with the next chapter that would propel VOIVOD into the 21st century. While his debut performance with the band began with "Target Earth," he wasn't exactly given free reign yet to unleash his magic. After that album's lackluster performance, the members agreed that something needed to change to make this transition gestate to the next level and what better way to honor the great Piggy's legacy than to honor the period that most suited him, namely the progressive thrash era of the late 80s that found their most successful album "Nothingface" catapulting VOIVOD onto the world's stage.

The new VOIVOD was born in 2016 with founding members Snake and Away at the helm and Daniel Mongrain, now Chewy in charge of the future direction of the guitar. Along for the ride was newbie bassist Dominque Laroche who was christened as the fledgling Rocky and together this new incarnation recorded and released the EP "Post Society" which was an advertisement of VOIVOD's long lost return to progressive form with thundering dissonant guitar riffs that would make Piggy proud, chugging interstellar beats, progressive meanderings into time signature rich frenzies that all conspire to take post-punk detours into psychedelic dreams and of course Snake's distinct, now classic vocal rampage through the technically infused thrash metal domain. With unprecedented almost unanimous praise, the lauded EP begat the next phase of VOIVOD's triumphant return to form. Two years later we arrive at the magnificence of what is called THE WAKE, which in the footsteps of "Post Society" successfully takes the progressively fueled sci- fi journey back into the cosmos and dishes out VOIVOD's best album since 1989's "Nothingface." A whopping 36 years after their humble inception, VOIVOD are back on top of their game!

Right from the first sound effects of "Obsolete Beings" that breaks into a galloping wallop of thrash dissonance, it's clear that VOIVOD have crafted a winner with THE WAKE. With the classic elements all having fallen into place, the band build upon their progressive thrash phase with more adventurous compositions, more daring ventures into quieter moments and even the unthinkable terrain of classically inspired orchestral moments with six guest musicians adding touches on violins, viola, cello, extra percussion and even bones! However don't be mistaken for a minute that VOIVOD has mellowed out. These extra touches provide atmospheric touches above and beyond the psychedelia and thrash outbursts that dominate THE WAKE. Don't forget that "Nothingface" contained many riffs that were inspired by Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring." Likewise THE WAKE implements classical and jazz techniques that supplement the main metal framing and are secondary to the majestic classic VOIVOD sound that has become so utterly irresistible. Each track is unique and utterly anthemic in that the eight compositions highlight the classic sound while evolving it into a whole new reality.

With their musical chops brought up to date, VOIVOD also relaunch their sci-fi fueled lyrical fantasy world with tracks like "The End Of Dormancy" narrating the tale of an underwater alien craft that is resuscitated after millions of years of dormancy and once reconstituted immediately begins to destroy the entire human race. The musical accompaniment is in sublime tandem with the lyrical output as the segments highlight the emotional response and one progressive unit segues into the next. It's hard to come up with a standout track because the fact is that ALL of the tracks stand out as each is intricately crafted to carry the maximum amount of variations allowed by law. Never before has VOIVOD generated so many disparate ideas and musical elements into their works. THE WAKE is by far their most progressively infused offering to date and easily surpasses their best works of the 80s in terms of complexity and adventurous ambitiousness. In fact, THE WAKE is like the soundtrack to a sci-fi battle where the music itself narrates the dramatic exchange of fire with the lyrics merely defining the context.

While every track is unique and tells the tale of this VOIVOD inspired apocalyptic multiverse, the highlight is saved until the end where the multifarious "Sonic Mycelium" provides a progressive jazz metal reprise of the entire album's creative stampede with one incessant curveball after another. In an age when classic metal bands are entering their multi-decade existence, very rarely does a band match the creative prowess of the heyday especially after the loss of the prime move and shaker that made them stand out in the first place, but VOIVOD has crafted the unthinkable late game masterpiece that is actually more creative, more dynamic and more labyrinthine than any other album of their career including their previous peak of progressiveness of three decades prior. It seems that VOIVOD have been given the gift of a perfect chemistry of the cast members as this album is utterly flawless. The chemistry of the musicians is absolutely divine and the band interplay is impeccable. THE WAKE is a multi-faceted masterpiece. It not only has the hooks to sink deep into your skin upon the very first listen but has the chops to allow the listener to burrow ever deeper on subsequent listens to decipher the unfathomable trenches for exploration. So profound is THE WAKE that i do believe this is my unquestionable best metal album of 2018!

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