Release Date: 2/26/16
Reviewed On: 5/1/161. Post Society
2. Forever Mountain
4. We Are Connected
5. Silver Machine (Hawkwind Cover)The one thing that any true fan of VoiVod will tell you is that this is a band that is not afraid to take chances. They are not afraid to be true to themselves and be unique. Going back to the eighties, when glam was at its height VoiVod came onto the scene sounding completely alien from anything out there. I guess if you had to put them in a category, thrash would have been the closest thing. But as they were building their sound influences from bands such as King Crimson and Killing Joke were more prevalent than Slayer or Metallica. 1987’s “Killing Technology” and 1989’s “Nothingface” put them on the map as one of the most forward thinking metal bands out there. Even with some of the commercial successthey had, VoiVod remained on the outskirts delivering music that sounded like noone else.
The band has now fully returned to the twisted tempos and dynamic changes they used to do back in the old days, doing away with the more streamlined approach during the Newsted-era. Or the forgettable era as I like to call it. The new five track EP “Post Society”, contains two brand new songs (“Post Society” and “Fall”) along with tracks from their 2015 split EP they did with Napalm Death (“Forever Mountain”) and with At the Gates (“We Are Connected”) and also a cover of Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine”.
The new bass player, Dominique “Rocky” Laroche, kicks things off with a distorted intro on the opening titletrack that then takes us into something that can only be described as a balance between complete frenzy and the somewhat serene. “Forever Mountain” shows the skill of guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain and gives good reason as to why he is the right choice to take over for the late Denis “Piggy” D’Amour. “Silver Machine” is a great 70’s song originally done by Hawkwind and even more so as a cover that carries the same energy esoteric sound but with a little of Voivod’s own flavor.
I highly recommend “Post Society” to fans everywhere and though it’s short I wouldn’t call this a fill in or a stop in between albums. I would just call this a great addition to an already killer catalogue.
Release Date: 4/8/16
Review Date: 5/22/16
2. Mass Darkness
3. My Heart is of the North
4. South Winds
5. In the Vaults
6. Until I Too Dissolve
9. Crooked Red Line
Ihashn sets out on another adventure with his latest release “Arktis”. Though I can’t say that I am all too familiar with his earlier material aside from the Emperor albums, I can say that I really do respect him as an artist. The amount of passion and creativity he puts into his work is pretty damn inspiring. Every track is different fronm the other, you can tell that a lot of thought was put into it as is the same with previous albums I’m sure.
The opening track “Disassembled” comes in strong and heavy and continues through with “Mass Darkness”. “My Heart is of the North” gives way to a mellower vibe and carries a cool psychedelic, progressive vibe. The same with “Celestial Violence” and holds some Ulver influence as well.
To those who have been whining and complaining for a new Emperor album instead of appreciating Ihsahn’s solo material…..ummmmm, pick up this album and give it a listen. It is pretty much what it would be like if Emperor DID make a new album together. You won’t be disappointed.