Voivod are a band from Canada that has been around for more than 30 years and have went from 1st wave black metal to thrash and progressive metal during that time era and this is a review of their 2013 album "Target Earth" which will be re-issued on cassette on November 25th by Tridroid Records.
Avant garde and experimental sounds start off the album along with a powerful sounding bass guitar a few seconds later which also takes their music into a heavier direction along with some clean singing vocals and early 80's post punk elements while the music is still mostly rooted in a metal direction.
When solos and leads are added into the music they are very melodic and old school sounding metal guitar solos and leads and the music is very progressive but in a different way than most bands and you can still hear elements of thrash in the bands musical sound along with back up gang shouts being utilized in certain sections of the recording.
As the album progresses acoustic guitars and clean playing are brought into the music at times and they bring an more of a ethnic feeling when they are utilized and the band also brings in a few long and epic in length tracks and as the album progresses you can hear some of the raw energy of early hardcore punk and they also get more experimental towards the end of the recording while still being very heavy at the same time.
Voivod creates and album that has the melody of their mid 80's to early 90's period while also bringing in some of the heaviness of their 1986 to 66 era while also having more of an up to date and modern approach to their sound, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover science fiction themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Voivod and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Target Earth" "Mechanical Mind" "Resistance" and "Artefact". 8 out of 10.