When we get sent new material to review we a get a big list which gives us the label, band, title of the release, genre and release date. In that order. I mention this because this time on our list under ‘genre’ was written ‘uh…it’s VOIVOD’.
Says it all really. There’s nothing out there like this band. This EP only affirms that even more. You never quite know where each song is going to take you. From the opening title track you’re straight away thinking a blend of thrash and punk, only to finish in a more grungy, melancholy tone.
Moving on to ‘Forever Mountain’ which is a brilliantly fused together masterpiece that I can’t praise highly enough. The confusion created with the array of different sound makes it so entertaining along with one hell of a lead guitar tones. Denis’ vocal work on this track particularly makes the atmosphere of the song, to me, one of torment that changes in severity.
But this is Voivod. People will so easily be able to take their own interpretations of the music. They’re SO good at that. You can take whatever you want from it and I’m sure it will paint a different picture for everyone. You never know what you’re going to get with Voivod. The refreshing unpredictability is the only predictable thing about them. How many other bands can you say that about? Theirs in a skill that has been honed to perfection.
The album was recorded in various sessions throughout 2015 so I don’t know if ‘Silver Machine’ was always intended or if it was added as a tribute to our late hero, Lemmy. Either way, it’s a fine effort. The vocal style clearly changes here to emulate our departed Legend.
Out now having been released on 26/2/16 I regrettably cannot officially recommend this as album of the month because it’s an EP.
In the accompanying statement with we have been advised that Voivod will be touring extensively in the coming year. We can also look forward to some more new material. I can’t wait. Best thing I have listened to this year.
1. Post Society
2. Forever Mountain
4. We Are Connected
5. Silver Machine
Playing time: 30:34
Release date: 26/2/16
Label: Century Media