My first CD purchases of 2019 were based on lists:
Tom and Meat both praised the new Voivod, so was a must. The Meat Man happened to be online when I was giving first spin to both. I struck up a conversation about the new Voivod, which went something like this:
He said it way better than I could. They are The Voivod and even with two “newer” members (guitarist Chewy and bassist Rocky), they still sound exactly like The Voivod. A large part of this is singer/lyricist Snake, who has a voice identified with Voivod. Away (drums) is also a vital component, always supplying the quirky rhythms and sci-fi cover art.
The Wake is a concept album but the story isn’t obvious on one listen. “Scrolling down in paradise, absorbed by your next device.” The setting is certainly familiar. What The Wake does is bring classic progressive melodic elements into The Voivod. This creates a swirly metal landscape, past present and future.
This is going to be an album that requires several spins before a deeper analysis. Voivod’s icy brand of Quebec heavy metal can be cold as a Canadian winter. Voivod will be getting plenty of play before it warms up again.
1. “Obsolete Beings” 5:35
2. “The End of Dormancy” 7:42
3. “Orb Confusion” 6:00
4. “Iconspiracy” 5:16
5. “Spherical Perspective” 7:41
6. “Event Horizon” 6:11
7. “Always Moving” 5:12
8. “Sonic Mycelium” 12:24