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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On its 13th album, Canada's groundbreaking metal veterans Voivod have undergone a renaissance of sorts. With vocalist Denis "Snake" Belanger returning to the fold, three quarters of the original band is reunited with a unified purpose. Adding former Metallica bassist -- and longtime friend -- Jason Newsted to the fold adds new energy and vision. No longer a thrash metal act, Voivod has simply become one of the best hard rock bands on the planet. They write songs with complex melodies and bone-splintering riffs, yet they stick to the roots of their trademark sound. In many ways they feel more like some crazy combination of the 1977-era Saints and Queens of the Stone Age with ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On its 13th album, Canada's groundbreaking metal veterans Voivod have undergone a renaissance of sorts. With vocalist Denis "Snake" Belanger returning to the fold, three quarters of the original band is reunited with a unified purpose. Adding former Metallica bassist -- and longtime friend -- Jason Newsted to the fold adds new energy and vision. No longer a thrash metal act, Voivod has simply become one of the best hard rock bands on the planet. They write songs with complex melodies and bone-splintering riffs, yet they stick to the roots of their trademark sound. In many ways they feel more like some crazy combination of the 1977-era Saints and Queens of the Stone Age with better lyrics and no stoner quotient. Newsted is nothing less than phenomenal in this new context; check out "Rebel Robot," with its four-to-the-floor running riff, propelling the drums and pushing guitarist Piggy into overdrive. Stripping the songs to the essentials of shattering guitars, pumped-up muddy bass throb, and heavy-bottom drumming was a plus in the production department. On the opener "Gasmask Revival," a rebel call to open protest in the streets and the refusal to be "good citizens," four chords and three riffs crank themselves into a frenzy of jarring, cacophonous, metal garage rock. Things slow down on "Facing Up," but become heavier in the process with Michel Langevin's double-bass drumming, triple-timing the super-slow 4/4 grid of the tune led by Piggy's blues-out crunchy and Newsted plowing through the middle. The centerpiece of the album is "The Multiverse," a complex, multi-faceted opus with its lyrics inspired by writer Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series of novels. Time signatures shift, blur, change, reverse, and reinvent themselves. Newsted's bass work here becomes a wall of pure propulsive, sludgy writhe and Piggy's guitar is knife-edge yet weighs a ton. Langevin's lightning double-kick drums provide a flawless directional force as Snake soars above the mix telling dark truth after dark truth with intelligence, sensitivity, and a willingness to let the words hold him accountable. Voivod has always been among the most intelligent bands in any genre of music; they have evolved into an entity that gives up nothing when it comes to pure rock mania, yet offer something more as well: thoughtful songs that provocatively and critically examine the world we live in. "I Don't Wanna Wake Up," a mid-tempo cruncher, sums up the state of the masses without condescending to or about them. "Divine Sun," with its off-kilter bass and guitar lines -- they are played in opposition to one another -- leaves a huge hole for Snake to deliver his lyrics surrounded by a restrained sonic intensity that busts loose on the refrain courtesy of Langevin's thunderous propelling tom-tom work. "Reactor" features some of the old Voivod thrash and burn, but with drums that fall just behind the beat, everything is de-centered and tumbling, almost chaotic. The album's closer, "We Carry On," like the opening track throws out its garage rock leanings more than it does metal riffing. It's an anthem for cultural warfare that Belanger snarls his way through, asking hard questions and pointing out the irony in seemingly insignificant contradictions. Piggy's guitars are buzz saw, cutting through the entire lyrics and into a fractured sonic void. In sum, Voivod is back with a vengeance. This is among the finest records of their storied career, and will be one of the hard rock and metal records or any sub-genre thereof to beat in 2003.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • Label: Surfdog Records Ada
  • UPC: 640424401528
  • Catalog Number: 44015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gasmask Revival (4:16)
  2. 2 Facing Up (4:48)
  3. 3 Blame Us (5:36)
  4. 4 Real Again? (4:52)
  5. 5 Rebel Robot (4:48)
  6. 6 The Multiverse (5:29)
  7. 7 I Don't Wanna Wake Up (5:49)
  8. 8 Les Cigares Volants (4:06)
  9. 9 Divine Sun (5:05)
  10. 10 Reactor (3:55)
  11. 11 Invisible Planet (4:37)
  12. 12 Strange and Ironic (4:31)
  13. 13 We Carry On (7:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Voivod Primary Artist
Denis Belanger Voices
Denis D'amour Guitar
Michel "Away" Langevin Drums
Technical Credits
Voivod Composer, Producer
Michel "Away" Langevin Artwork
George Marino Mastering
Brian Joseph Dobbs Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Voivods 13, and best album

    Vioivod, is my absolute favorite band, Ive been listining to metallica since my parents have started letting me, tat has been 2 years, I personally know Jason Newsteadthe Ex bassist of metallica/founding member of the new voivod. Metallica had it down good..but VOIVO< my friends has mastered this metalform, everysong is a hit, its like putting the singles on every metalluica CD, NOT including the new cd thats the worst ever, "St. Anger", Im only 12, and i know my music very well..i am inspired by jason for everything, and Ive never heard a better band..I listen to bands like Metallica, Shadowsfall, blacklabel society, ozzy osbourne, AC DC, and many more, But voivod is the master of puppets himself, they have awsome high pitched powerchords, with slow lows, they are an all around fast band. Throw away your dumb rap, and BUY VOIVODS 13th ALBUM, "voivod"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album of 2003 so far...

    With Denis "Snake" Belanger back in the line-up, and Jason "Jasonic" Newsted on bass, along with Piggy and Away, Voivod rule the universe again. Like every Voivod album, this one sounds familiar, yet different than any of their other excellent pieces of work. Voivod have never followed current trends, and they create their own path for which others can't seem to follow. The sound of this album cannot be classified into any genre other than "Voivod." Heavy riffs, excellent drumming and bass, and Denis' unique vocals & intelligent lyrics, along with weird timing changes, can only be described as amazing. As always, lots of jazz influence here, and Piggy's playing is incredible and original. He's the most over-looked guitar player in metal. This is a brilliant album that sounds better with every listen. I hope Voivod get the recognition they finally deserve. We should thank and give respect to Jason Newsted for getting Voivod back together & leaving the now cheesy and soft Metallica. This is the best album of 2003 so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Voivod Make Gasmask Revival for 2003

    The first thing you notice about the latest Voivod disc is, that it is Voivod. In the tracks you can hear tinges of "Nothingface", and "Outer Limits", and is in no way different from Voivod's usual style of punkish rythms, and weird time changes. Like past albums, a song will go along at a steady pace and then take a hard right in a direction you did not expect. That is Voivod. The production has up-front snare, guitar and bass sounds, and the performances very tight. Not much in the way of slick producing or effects, the album isn't conceptually overwrought but is very down to earth, organic sounding and straight-forward. Very much a group effort, Snake the vocalist speaks to the listener with clear introspection in the present and throws in his nice melody. Away's drumming somehow always progresses and gets better with each album, and has great double-bass licks as usual. He's one of the best.Piggys guitar playing is a signature style that always is his, the songs written here run concurrently as if the album is all one song with various movements. There are no leads in every song, just for the sake of having a guitar lead. But the music is very imaginative and has the mark of being a long time in the making, and not just thrown together for a comeback. A very honest effort here by the guys, and in many ways it is a tried and true Voivod that comes out here. Nothing new about the sound, is how Voivod usually sounds and Newsted stays with the formula and seems to tune his bass to their style. As far as categorizing the music, it is not a blistering Thrash attack like Destruction's "Antichrist," but rather a straight ahead, rock-type sound that has a few tunes you could headbang to. Many thanks to Jason for reforming one of the all-time classic greats of the Thrash era. The fans will never forget you. "Is It Real?" Yes it is.

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