September 2018 Album of the Month – Voivod’s The WakeTuesday, 16th October 2018
Normally veteran bands like Voivod peak creatively by albums three-five. In the case of The Wake, it’s as if time has stood still as these avant-garde progressive thrashers use their own musical language to execute their ideas. Never aiming to play it safe, the combination of atmosphere, speed, oddly-shaped chord progressions, fluid and intricate drumming plus equally intoxicating vocal melodies keeps this Canadian band as an awe-inspiring outfit for musicians and fans to treasure.
An excerpt from Matt Coe’s 9.5/10 review, which posted on September 19, 2018:
Admired for blazing their own trails when it came to disparate, oddly shaped chord combinations that could pulsate, progress, and conjure up dynamic atmosphere in light and dark textures – Voivod run to their creative desires on their own accord. Not chasing trends, they’ve released a remarkably vast discography that is diverse beyond the decades. One can still listen to landmark efforts like Killing Technology, Dimension Hatross, or the last full-length Target Earth and gain new insight and clarity with every pass. The Wake as the latest effort appears to envelop as a celebration of all aspects for Voivod – spacious and progressive, alluring and abrasive at times, while occasionally congealing in this melodic smoothness to bring the listeners into the musical universe with care and comfort.
Voivod in 2018 gain the added appeal of intriguing a second and possibly third generation of followers that understand the diverse appeal of such an outside the box band. The Wake will hit many album of the year favorite lists – proving that the veterans still deliver quality product this deep into their prolific career.
Read the entire review HERE