Release date: July 28th 2006
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Website: www.voivod.com
Style: Space Rock

Rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen

Date: July 14th 2006

The metal scene owes a lot to Voivod. With an avant-garde approach to the genre, Voivod moved quite a few boundaries and created classic albums like ‘Dimension Hatröss’ , ‘Nothingface’ and ‘The Outer Limits’ that all stand out as unique artefacts of hard music.  

Sadly, this is not all the case with the Canadian/American constellation’s latest offering. ‘Katorz’ leaves one thinking that something went wrong somewhere along the line. Perhaps it’s just the infamous writer’s block, or perhaps Voivod didn’t really change much, whereas the rest of the world did. I can’t say exactly what it is, but fact is that ‘Katorz’ has decided to be more Motörhead and Pearl Jam than Voivod.  

Two (2!) songs on this album captivates elements of the real Voivod, namely Afterall and The X-Stream. These two songs have that brilliant weird energy Voivod used to have - all the time.

‘Katorz’ is a decent rock album, nothing more. :\