Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — January 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

Review: Voivod – Target Earth

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Artist Name: Voivod
Title Name: Target Earth
Label: Century Media
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini

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Two decades before bands such as Mastodon and Gojira enchanted critics and audiences around the world with their mix of metal and a variety of odd influences – redefining the term ‘progressive’- Canadian pioneers Voivod established themselves as one of the best acts to ever be associated with that same term. Their albums ranged from pure thrash to smooth melodic passages and even jazzy swings. They went as far as covering Pink Floyd’s ‘Astronomy Domine’ right at a time when most metalheads wanted exactly the opposite of what the psychedelic era represented by that song was all about.

They were never a mainstream band, but they were that band that ‘was always there for you’ whenever the mood for something off the wall struck you. Consistent and resilient throughout the times and trends including the irreparable loss of founding member Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour, they now reach 2013 and their Target Earth album couldn’t be more clear…

Continuing their tradition of heavy music with influences stemming from lots of other genres and eras, this album is a quite decent collection of tunes. Never too fast, never too smooth, jazzy and groovy at some points, straight out heavy at others, all peppered by Denis Bélanger’s unique vocals – almost like a Frank Zappa of metal we could say.

The album starts out better than it ends, 4 first tracks really setting the bar high, “Empathy for the Enemy” and “Mechanical Mind” the catchiest of them all. Towards the end, the interesting rhythms of “Kaleidos” pick things up for an album that might not receive any airplay apart on specialist shows, might not be in cover of magazines and might not be their best effort to date, but is certainly a respectful achievement that confirms their status as legends – peerless when it comes to innovation in heavy music.

 

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