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Voivod - Target Earth (2013) [2CD, Limited Edition]

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Voivod - Target Earth (2013) [2CD, Limited Edition]

Voivod - Target Earth (2013)
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2CD | Century Media, 9982619

Truth be told, Target Earth was a make or break studio album for prog metal veterans Voivod. The band's last studio offering, 2009's INFINI, was assembled from the hard drive guitar parts of deceased guitarist (and chief songwriter) Denis "Piggy" D'Amour's. The live Warriors of Ice was the first to showcase new guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain; he did a fantastic job learning and playing Piggy's very difficult, angular parts. Writing and recording a new album that would live up to Voivod's reputation for innovation would seem to be a daunting task; but if it was, you'd never know it from hearing Target Earth. This is extreme, gnarly, experimental Voivod at their level best; the music is difficult, dramatic, and intense. The "blower bass" of Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault introduces the title track that opens the set. His trademark, the top distortion, is answered by Mongrain's chugging guitar riffs, Michel "Away" Langevin's double-kickdrum attack, and Denis "Snake" Belanger's snarling yet sung vocal. This track affirms from the gate that the band's progressive strangeness displayed in the classic Dimension Hatross/Nothingface era remains an intrinsic element in their band chemistry and musical strategy. (There are even some razor-wire jazz chords tossed in the bridge.) But Voivod haven't given up thrash in their arsenal. "Kluscap Okom" gives listeners that in spades; it's all assault. "Mechanical Mind" is the set's complete mindblower. Packed into seven-and-a-half minutes are so many riffs, time changes, harmonic inversions, and sheer dynamic weirdness, it's a mind melt to realize that there's a furious thrash attack to match the knotty prog. "Keidos," with its punk rock intro, is a showcase for Belanger's mid-range growl and vamps from Mongrain. When Voivod slows things down as they do on "Empathy for the Enemy," the result is still completely engaging due to its odd tonalities and harmonics. The "Artefact" opens atmospherically before Langevin starts first double-timing, then triple-timing the band. The track shifts mode, time signature, key, and cadence no less than four times. Older fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Target Earth is not only better than we had any right to expect, it's relentlessly creative, inspired, and manic.

by Thom Jurek

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"Target Earth" – при всём уважении белая ложь. Постфактум трагических событий с Пигги местные "эркюлипуаро" столько раз прошерстили все дальние чуланы его ноутбука, что хватило сразу на "Katorz" (2006) и "Infini" (2009). Как только риффы-призраки, каким-то чудом рассыпанные по винчестеру, закончились, началось Его Величество Творчество. И даже ругаться на Снэйка, Блэки и других лгунишек за то, что не развалились, как сотню раз обещали, не хочется. Поскольку если свежачок и будет воспринят как стилизация и удачная попытка подарить массам более доступный и компромиссный вариант Voivod из 87-89 годов, то получилось всё в итоге аутентично и искренне, без натяжек и кукольного лоска. Начиная с обложки и заканчивая антикварным, слегка невнятным и фирменным саундом. Да и Пигги переродился в своём фанате Чеви, который с 2008 года оккупировал его место и теперь, словно опытная собака, идёт ровнехонько по следам почившего в бозе музыкального инноватора. Слегка агрессивнее в гитарных ражах, но всё равно чрезмерно близко к оригиналу. Хоть с лёгкой руки так и тянет прозвать новинку вторым "Dimension Hatross" (1988) плюс "Killing Technology" (1987) из-за прогрессивной кривизны риффовой части и мрачной, космической атмосферы, на самом деле нас ждёт сборная солянка из всего, что было в музейном холодильнике. Поговорить дают и прямолинейности раннего трэшевого творчества, и компромиссу первой половины 90-х вплоть до "Negatron" (1995), и чётким реминисценциям с более жёсткой кривизной "Phobos" (1997), и даже невнятной рок-н-ролльности начала 2000-х. При всём разнообразии таблицы Менделеева (точнее Д’Амура) пластинка удивляет цельностью, фирменной монотонностью, которая местами идёт во вред занудными повторами, но в основном радует шизой знакомой техногенной атмосферы.

Материал в разы сильнее аранжирован и лучше записан в сравнении с тем, что Voivod за долгие 15 лет удалось сотворить. Где-то, как на старте, шикарно выведен бас, урчащий, словно мясо на сковородке. Ударные партии динамичны, иногда по-панковски просты, нередко – по-джазовому свободны, в основном – заковыристы. Снэйк же не делает ничего лишнего: его классический ровный гуд "в нос" компенсируется интонационно, вплоть чуть ли не до Роджера Уотерса на "Corps Etranger" и Лемми в рамках "Kluskap O'Kom". Пластинка умело скомпонована: начинается более агрессивно двумя первыми треками, затем уходит в психоделичную, грустную акустику ("Empathy For The Enemy") и очень разнообразно-атмосферное полотно "Mechanical Mind", где по ходу пьесы сменяют друг друга разные периоды творчества группы. На второй половине пути разнообразия чуть меньше, хотя здесь находится место и для рокерского хита "Resistance", и для прогерского винегрета "Corps Etranger", и гипнотической затыкашки на полторы минуты на сладкое в финале.

Главная заслуга "Target Earth" – даже не в ностальгии и фирменной антикварной шизе, а в том, что весь этот материал – не засушенный уродец из Кунсткамеры. Он живёт, дышит, пульсирует яркими композициями с талантливыми припевами и хитрыми структурами. Более чем достойное возвращение в невинность после многих лет музыкальной депрессии и затянувшейся панихиды. Пигги был бы горд за них.

by Hatebreeder
Voivod - Target Earth (2013) [2CD, Limited Edition]

Voivod Biography

Voivod (singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, guitarist Denis "Piggy" d'Amour, drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault) were one of the first thrash bands from Canada to gain popularity outside of their home country. From their beginnings in the early '80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristic story lines into their songs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. With their unique style of performing and writing, Voivod opened the way for other Canadian thrash and metal bands.

Such early releases as 1984's War and Pain and 1986's Rrroooaaarrr showed that the quartet was aligned with the then up-and-coming thrash metal movement (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax), eventually letting their prog rock influences (Pink Floyd, Rush, King Crimson) seep in on 1987's Killing Technology and 1988's Dimension Hatross. By the time of their major-label debut for MCA, 1989's Nothingface, Voivod had perfected their thrash metal/prog rock style, resulting in the most commercially successful release of their career – spearheaded by a video for their cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" (which enjoyed airings on MTV's Headbangers Ball) and a headlining club tour over a pair of bands that would soon change the landscape of alt-rock by the early '90s, Soundgarden and Faith No More.

But just as it appeared that Voivod might be able to break through to a wider audience, Theriault left the group right after the release of 1991's Angel Rat, as the album quickly sank from sight while the rest of the rock world focused its attention on the burgeoning alt-rock/Seattle movement. The Outer Limits followed two years later, followed shortly thereafter by Belanger's exit from the band. By the mid-'90s, Voivod's lineup had been scaled down to a trio – newcomer Eric Forrest doubled on vocals and bass, resulting in such releases as 1995's Negatron and 1997's Phobos. The odds-and-ends compilation Kronik and the live set Lives saw release in 2000. In early 2001, the remaining members decided to call it a day when Forrest departed. The band reunited later that year with Belanger back on board; they also enlisted a new bassist, Jason Newsted, formerly of Metallica, resulting in the eponymous Voivod album.

In August of 2005, guitarist "Piggy" d'Amour succumbed to complications from colon cancer. The band was in the middle of recording a new album; on his deathbed, he instructed his bandmates on how to complete his contributions to the band's forthcoming offering, Katorz, which arrived in 2006. Piggy left numerous songs and arrangements for another album on his laptop. In 2009, Voivod took those demos, guitar parts, and arrangements and structured the album Infini from them, without editing, re-recording, or overdubbing his guitar. The band toured the album across Europe, Japan, and North America with Martyr's Daniel Mongrain on guitar. A 2009 show at Montreal's Club Soda featuring members Belanger, Langevin, Mongrain, and (returning) bassist "Blacky" Theriault, was recorded; it was eventually released as Warriors of Ice on Sonic Union Metal in 2011. Voivod released their thirteenth studio album, Target Earth, in January of 2013.

by John Book
Voivod - Target Earth (2013):

Voivod - Target Earth (2013) [2CD, Limited Edition]

Tracklist CD1(Target Earth):

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Etranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance





Voivod - Target Earth (2013) [2CD, Limited Edition]

Tracklist CD2(Live At Roadburn 2011):

01. The Prow
02. Ravenous Medicine
03. Overreaction
04. Experiment
05. Global Warning
06. Ripping Headaches
07. Nothingface
08. Forlorn
09. Voivod
10. Astronomy Domine





Voivod - Target Earth (2013) [2CD, Limited Edition]

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