Jan 21st 2013 01:43 pm Target Earth Featured review by: UG Team

Sound: Voivod first busted loose from the Canadian heavy metal underground back in the early 1980’s, and soon following began gaining a small worldwide following after select metalheads heard such unique sounding, raging speed metal anthems as “War And Pain” and “Live For Violence”.

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However, throughout the next few decades, Voivod began to passionately embrace such broader influences in the rock spectrum as Rush, Pink Floyd and Saxon, and started implementing progressive and thrash metal stylings into such later outings as the chart hitting “Nothingface” and “Dimension Hatross”. Since then, Voivod have remained heavily active, with this 13th full length studio album released since their 1984 debut. For the most part, established fans should easily be able to feel comfortable while listening to the new album, because for the most part Voivod have maintained their traditional style of sound.

Probably one of the strongest examples off of “Target Earth” is the title track. Heavy as hell vocals, triumphantly powerful guitar work, and a thunderous drum beat all help this song closely resemble the band’s earlier releases, as compared to those from the “Nothingface” era. The elaborate shreddings that are slathered across the new album are surprisingly great, considering this is the first studio album with new axeman Daniel Mongrain taking on full guitar duties, following the unfortunate death of original guitarist Denis D’Amour (RIP). The entire album is simply roaring with dynamic levels of rage and precision, however each song easily makes a broad statement on it’s own. Instead of simply relying on the hits, Voivod went back into the studio with a mission to produce an incredible album of new pulsating metal classics, which rock as hard as their earlier tunes continue to do. And the result of this effort is simply great. // 9

Lyrics and Singing: Denis Belanger has a truly powerful heavy metal voice. Considering he’s been screaming for Voivod since the band first formed in 1982, the fact that he still manages to produce those signature roars that made such albums as “Killing Technology” and “Rrroooaaarrr” so heavily circulated amongst fans. Lyrically, Denis’ lyrics still prove to be as heavy as ever, although they are admittedly a bit hard to decipher behind those heavy screeches of his.

Denis Belanger has a truly powerful heavy metal voice. Considering he’s been screaming for Voivod since the band first formed in 1982, the fact that he still manages to produce those signature roars that made such albums as “Killing Technology” and “Rrroooaaarrr” so heavily circulated amongst fans. Lyrically, Denis’ lyrics still prove to be as heavy as ever, although they are admittedly a bit hard to decipher behind those heavy screeches of his. // 7

Impression: Overall, Voivod give an incredibly solid performance throughout “Target Earth”. Between it being the band’s first album in 4 years, to the first full-time appearance of Daniel Mongrain manning guitar on an album, to the unfortunate toll that time takes on all aging musicians (let alone screaming heavy metal vocalists), “Target Earth” is better than I ever expected. The entire album is standout, but the tracks that stand out the most would have to be the title track, “Mechanical Mind”, and “Defiance”, which closes out the album perfectly. Any established fan of Voivod should easily be able to fall in love with this album, as should any metalhead who’ve been craving a great new album to wake the neighbors with.

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