I was a bit underwhelmed on my first listen, but the sound was low and I was distracted. Now I am half way through my second listen. Could definitely be the album that came after Dimension: Hatross, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Snake's vocals are a bit rough, but it's nice knowing that these guys can manage to put out a great album even with the death of original guitarist Piggy. Voivod pay tribute to their progressive thrash roots, leading to a definitely enjoyable listen.
I was very pleasantly surprised when I heard a few songs off this on youtube. Then I thought 'right, I NEED to get this album some time' and I did. Definitely no disappointment, Target Earth really sounds quite much like a natural successor for Dimension Hatross and Nothingface.
Voivod just can't do no wrong and give their fans enough reasons as to why they should continue as a band.
Target Earth is a condensed re-run of all the places Voivod have visited from Killing Technology up to Voivod, their industrial era (Negatron, Phobos) excluded. Dan Mograin does wonders in the guitars, emulating Piggy's style.
Daniel Mongrain proves himself the ideal guitarist for Voivod here, truly capable of replacing Piggy. Even better, his addition seems to have inspired the band with enough fresh ideas to make what is possibly their best record since Nothingface. Target Earth definitely needs a couple of listens before it sinks in, but they're worth it.
Yes this will be the comeback of the year. Voivod return to their classic progressive thrash sound while still retaining that modern metal sound they had on their previous three releases. Warchaic owns every song I've heard so far thus year.