One of my all time favorite and severely under appreciated bands is back with a shot of Canadian progressive sci-fi Metal. Voivod has once again made a significant personnel change, but its effect is little noticed on Post Society from Century Media Records.
Since Piggy passed a while back, I was doubtful that the band would be able to carry on. It seems now that with a full album and an EP under his belt, Chewy was the only proper fit for the mad men of Quebec. Now original bassist Blacky has left once again, replaced by Rocky who fills the shoes quite well. I guess there’s no stopping the mighty Voiviod.
With Post Society, Voivod has gone back in time a bit. The music is slightly darker than their other recent output, maybe even more punk inspired than anything they’ve done since the early days. It is, without a doubt, Voivod though. The five song (four original and one cover) EP, kicks off with the title track. The bass blasts out as an explosive assault, quickly joined by guitar with those oh-so distinctive Voivod chords and riffs.
Snake sounds as good as ever, angry even. In fact, the whole band sounds great. Each of the four original songs has a unique twist and compelling energy that make up what Voivod was and has become. Whether it’s an odd time signature, a weird chord, an ear catching bass line, or a cool vocal line delivery from Snake, the whole is greater than the individual parts. The cover song is Silver Machine, originally by Hawkwind. The timing is notable with the recent passing of Lemmy.
Check out the title track:
After over 30 years of plugging away, Voivod still has relevance. Their inimitable sound is what keeps me coming back to them. Post Society is a nice taste of what has been going on with the band since Target Earth. Hopefully we will have a full album from the band in the near future. Support the Iron Gang on tour this spring and keep an eye out for a show review and interview with the band.
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