Voivod
Post Society


3.8
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
January 31st, 2016 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They’re gonna see I’m not from here.

Once they’ve left this futile world, acclaimed artists tend to attract even more attention; Bowie’s swan song album debuted at No. 1 of the Billboard 200, whereas Lemmy’s passing was taken into account by media with no relevance to rock n’ roll whatsoever. Voivod are not as popular as the aforementioned rock stars, but the untimely death of Dennis D’Amour (aka Piggy - RIP) and the broad coverage it received by metal media, somehow prompted fans to remove anew the band from the undeserved obscurity in which it lied, for a good part of its career. This increased level of attention, combined with the more-than-effective recruitment of guitarist extraordinair Dan Mongrain, rewarded the 2013 Target Earth album with the right amount of merit.

Voivod’s departure from obscurity was also expressed in terms of live performances on both banks of the Atlantic Ocean; joint tours with acclaimed extreme metal outfits took place, which in turn, brought special releases of a handful of split singles as corresponding tokens of commemoration. Moreover, additional material was composed and adapted by the band off and on the road, which kept the band in shape, in terms of composing. With a new album on the works for a 2016 release, the French-Canadians are serving us an EP compilation of the aforementioned material, in partial ease of our ever growing anticipation for their new work.

Upon the release of the split singles, band members stated that they gravitated towards merging all the styles devised in their career. This statement is partially true, as the raw period of the first two albums, as well as the industrial/nu-metal days of the mid-to-late ‘90s, have been left out of the pot. What’s in store here is Voivod’s triumphant psychedelic/progressive rock era, seen through the band’s custom speed/thrash metal looking glasses. Excluding the cover on the Hawkwind tune “Silver Machine” which is tailored to the band’s standards, yet it is partially successful at transmitting the orgasmic vibe of the original tune, all songs will sound pleasantly (and perhaps too) familiar to long-time fans. After all, the sudden changes in tempo, the dissonant guitars, and the weird vocal work narrating (not only) sci-fi themed stories, have been the band’s bread and butter for quite some time now.

The new members sound seamlessly integrated into the fold; Mongrain continues delivering the wonderful work that highlighted Target Earth three years back, whereas Rocky’s bass is a delight to listen to, as he is no short of talent complementing Away’s drumming, or regarding any of his predecessors. As for Snake’s vocals, they are sounding deeper and deeper with time, highlighting anew his already established styles. His vibratos on “Post Society” and “Forever Mountain”, combined with the adaptation on the bluesy structure of “Fall”, stand as testament of the aforementioned assessment. In view of the upcoming full-length album, a proof of the band’s good shape was not in desperate need, but with this EP compilation, Voivod prove that they are still fighting the uphill battle.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


7575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

As always, constructive criticism is most welcome.

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Underflow
January 31st 2016


3825 Comments


Have a feeling this is gonna be good.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


7575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

It's very good, but a familiarity barrier should be passed first (for long time fans at least), in order to appreciate it.



Also, once more the album art is stunning.

Underflow
January 31st 2016


3825 Comments


Voivod sort of slipped under my radar after Target Earth. Is this a lead-up into a new album?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


7575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

@Underflow



That's what I read in some 2015 articles, but the possibility of release date being pushed back is always present.



The clue of the EP is Snake's vocals, the more I listen to them, the more I love them.

ChaoticVortex
January 31st 2016


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds exciting, looking foward to both the EP and the new album as well. Review is well written, plus I dig the art stlye of this one much more than Target Earth's.

ChaoticVortex
January 31st 2016


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is but this one is grabs my attention much more. Probably because of the black-and-white/dark grey style.

ChaoticVortex
January 31st 2016


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far I've heard Post Society and We Are Connected. Both ruled hard and were a great mix of early chaotic tech-trash and the more progressive Voivod-era (Nothingface, Angel Rat, Outer Limits). Pretty sure the album will remain on that route.

Mythodea
January 31st 2016


4152 Comments


Target Earth's cover art was horrendous, this one is way better


doomjitsu
January 31st 2016


1240 Comments


revolver ocelot

doomjitsu
January 31st 2016


1240 Comments


i'm sorry voivod i had to do that

XingKing
January 31st 2016


12367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love We Are Connected so much

Source
January 31st 2016


1427 Comments


Sounds like this is worth checking out

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 31st 2016


6852 Comments


Will check this even tho i'm not the biggest Voivod fan (yet)

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BetMan
January 31st 2016


5 Comments


Great review as always, Voivod.

I definitely prefer the "prog era Voivod" so if this EP points in that direction, with the next album then hopefully in the same vein, I will be one happy camper. To be honest, I wasn't too hyped about Target Earth so I hope the next is a return to the Nothing-Face sound. I have only heard "We Are Connected" so far but it sounds very promising.

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2016


14231 Comments


dis gon b gud

sonictheplumber
January 31st 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Now this is a good fuckun band

Source
January 31st 2016


1427 Comments


Indeed

Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2016


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

I really like this EP. Kind of a Killing Technology meets Dimension:Hatross vibe. Well, except the last song which is like a heavier Angel Rat. I think this new guitarist is going to do just fine carrying on the legacy.

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XingKing
February 1st 2016


12367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goddamn troll account causing the average for this to be a 2.9 lol



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