The musicianship across the board is impeccable, from Piggy 's inventive work to Michel "Away" Langevin 's solid percussion to the tight accompaniment by new bassist "Jasonic". Wisely and fairly, Newsted stays in the background, making up one half of a very powerful rhythm section and complementing the band's sound without causing any unnecessary musical Divine Sun - Voivod* - Voivod (Cassette).
If all these ingredients — Newsted 's arrival, D'Amour 's excellent guitarwork, the return of Belanger — yielded some truly electrifying tunes, "Voivod" would be a memorable album indeed. Yet "Voivod" the album never really blasts off, keeping these space-metal pioneers in a predictable — if enjoyable — orbit.
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You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox gmail. But for a continuation of the true Voivod evolution, this is one hell of a start. Further, the hidden "song" according to drummer Away they call it "California" hints at the experimentation Voivod are currently promising for album 11, due in early Bring it on.
Quite simply put this is not prog. I find absolutely nothing about this album that hints it is progressive. The music is Divine Sun - Voivod* - Voivod (Cassette) and simply structured lacking melody and other musical traits related to the progressive style.
I don't exactly know why Voivod is featured in the archives, but I cannot say it was a wise or even moderate decision to add them. I will begin my review of the album by asking a question. What punk band did this guy come from. The vocals are aggressive and show no particular skill.
Was Snake in the band because he was a friend or because the band actually Divine Sun - Voivod* - Voivod (Cassette) he could sing. The aggressive punk vocals don't any character or sophistication to the album. In fact they keep more musical things from happening by taking up too much of the mix.
Piggy's guitar is built entirely around riffing. There isn't much melody, virtuosity, or creativity coming from this guy. At times some of the parts are quite catchy, but progressive music is something more than catchy. The guitar playing is much more of a metal vein than the vocals are, but it definately takes quite a bit of punk influence, which I thought was the opposite mentality of prog.
The bass is all groove. I don't really have any complaints of Mr. Newsted's performance, but I can't exactly say he's done anything that strikes me as creative or musical. He's basically doing the minimum job of holding down the groove for the rest of the band to show some technique.
The problem is the rest of the band doesn't show technique. The drums are basic, there is some delicate cymbal work at times, but once again like the rest of the band, Michel Langevin doesn't show any particular skills on his insturment.
His playing isn't muddled, but there's nothing about it that makes me want to listen to it. The production is alright for the release it is. With an album like this, the listener can exactly expect crystal clear tones with a variation of synths obviously there are none. The guitars are dirty and specialize more in chorded playing. The bass has got a lot of bottom end, but never seems to be clear in any other range. The vocals are extremely dirty, which isn't a fault of the producer because the vocalist is of such a dirty style.
The drums are clear, but there is nothing interesting about the tone. Many drummers have a distinct attack, but there's none of that here. This is a one star album.
It lucky to even get that because i shouldn't be reviewing a non-prog album on a prog website. On the positive side the musicianship is excellent and the production is warm and powerful.
I had hoped for more but a 3 star rating is still warranted. New bass wielder Jason Metallica adds a nice groove and power that we Divine Sun - Voivod* - Voivod (Cassette) heard on previous Voivod albums. The guitars as well are kept straightforward and are mainly reduced to catchy grooves.
While all this could still bring about a great rock album, the effect is largely destroyed by Snake's forced and monotonous delivery, Divine Sun - Voivod* - Voivod (Cassette).
He proves to be the biggest disappointment on this record. He had never been much of a vocalist, but the Divine Sun - Voivod* - Voivod (Cassette) he spent away from Voivod apparently didn't do no good. Compared to the outstanding ''93 period where they offered consistently frightening, oppressive and overwhelming music, this album is no match.
But it's a decent rock album in its own right. Six years had past after Voivod came out with 'Phobos'. Along with 'Negatron', mid-to-late nineties were a somewhat depraved time for Voivod, and lacking the distinctive voice of their frontman Denis Belanger, it almost felt like a different band altogether.
Although the bass was now being handled by someone new, this was essentially a return to the way that Voivod once was, for the most part. Although the songwriting here lacks the same adventurous spirit and classic quality about it as did Voivod's early material, there is still a good batch of tracks here that should pleasantly satisfy the band's fanbase, provided they don't expect something as exciting as their earlier material.
Voivod's self-titled somewhat reminds me of Metallica's 'Black Album' in the sense that their core sound is still there, but alot of what made them originally so damned intense has been sheathed away.
Mostly, the unexpected time signature changes and dissonant riffs have been done away with, and while Voivod's unique sound is still here, it feels like Voivod-lite.
There is still spaciness, but it is generally a tame feeling, and most noticeable here are the surprisingly conventional riffs.
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