Monday, March 25, 2013
Voivod: Target Earth
It did not work out that way though. Blacky came back on bass, replacing former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and they brought in a new guitarist, Chewy, formerly of Canadian tech-death underdogs Martyr. The band was rejuvenated and recorded an entirely new album. Well I was excited so I pre-ordered it complete with a t-shirt.
This album is a little bit of a grower. The first time I heard it, I was somewhat impressed with the twisting, futuristic riff work, but it did not really sink in. After several more listens, I can honestly say I love this album. It is easily the best album Voivod has released since Nothingface. And that is saying something because I love a lot of the albums the band has released since then.
Voivod has proven that they still have it on this release. The band really does sound rejuvenated. Chewy's riff work bears a striking resemblance to Piggy's without sounding like he has copied his predecessor. Blacky back on bass sounds terrific, and Snake's snarling vocals sound as good as ever.
Voivod has released an early frontrunner for Album of the Year. It is great to have them back.