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THE OUTER LIMITS

Voivod

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.16 | 162 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I have the remastered edition which was limited to 2000 numbered copies. It's #807.The cover and pictures in the liner notes are 3D graphic designs, and the 3D glasses are included.This would be the last album with the vocalist "Snake" on it until the re-union album 10 years later.They're actually down to a trio here but in the liner notes they don't even mention that they used a session bass player on this recording.These Canadian thrashers have gone commercial on this one as we get mostly catchy and melodic songs with lots of guitar and drums.The vocals don't do much for me which has caused me to listen to this one longer then I normally would before I rate it. I love the instrumental work for the most part but the vocals just don't measure up in my opinion.They're not bad I just don't like them. So I was hoping my opinion of the singer might change but it hasn't.3.5 stars.

"Fix My Heart" is real barn-burner with some great guitar throughout. "Moonbeam Rider" is another fairly heavy tune. I like the atmosphere after 2 minutes as spoken words come in followed by a ripping guitar solo. "Le Pont Noir" is one of my favourites. He sings with a deeper voice and I like the vocal melodies that come and go. "The Nile Song" is a PINK FLOYD cover.This is powerful as drums pound and the guitar lights it up. The vocalist almost yells the lyrics. Blistering guitar 2 minutes in. "The Lost Machine" is uptempo with a driving rhythm. "Time Warp" is rather bombastic with vocals. Some atmosphere before 2 minutes. Kicks back in and becomes catchy but not in a good way.

"Jack Luminous" is the 17 1/2 minute epic. Great bass to open as the tempo picks up and the guitar comes ripping in.The song continues to change moods and tempo the rest of the way. "Wrong Way Street" opens with chunky bass as guitar and drums join in.This is a great track. One of my top 3. "We Are Not Alone" hits us with a stampede of drums early as vocals come in. Guitar solo before 2 1/2 minutes then it settles with some more good bass.

Clearly a good album but not one I really enjoy a lot.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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