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on 14 May 2008
Clever band, Voivod: Political lyrics heavily disguised via intelligent science fiction concepts - definiteley a band with something to say but never preachy!
Hailing from Canada, this inventive & ingenious band have heavily influenced artists as diverse as Opeth & Emperor.
Their music is very technical & complex too; A bastard marriage of Rush, Motorhead & Slayer doesn't even come close - this is truly progressive metal with as keen a sense of melody as any of the 70's iconic bands,and an insane array of weird time signatures & rhythms that go far beyond the boundaries of metal!
Fierce, tribal drumming, progressive bass & blistering metal guitar with more than a hint of Jazz-Fusion! The late Piggy being one of extreme metal's most talented & unique guitarists! Amazing lead breaks & riffs..
Vocals are a bit strange, more melodic hardcore than traditional metal but you get used to them!
It's easy to understand Jason Newsted, formerly of Metallica, hooking up with these guys as for years they were a secret passion of his, eventually becoming good friends & bandmates. Not like he needs the money!
His bass work here is expressive, progressive & aggressive - a real stormer! Voivod's gain, Metallica's loss....
I'd also suggest the previous album, simply titled Voivod, as this was Newsted's first collaboration with these progressive thrash veterans.

Voivod are quality - I recommend Dimension Hatross (1988), Nothingface (1989) & War and Pain (1984 - VERY raucous & heavy!) if you take to this.

Newsted fans should also try Echobrain's self titled debut from 2002. Not heavy like Voivod or Metallica, just fantastic alternative rock!
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on 2 November 2009
The title of this review says it all. If you are reading this, it means that you are interested in this band/music. You can trust your intuition: you will like it! This band has a history for being innovative. 'Katorz' lives up to that reputation. The opening tracks are 'ear-catching' and will have you playing them over and over again for a couple of weeks until they settle in your mind as 'classics'. Good stuff. It was great rediscovering this band again after listening to them in the 1980s. Nicely packaged and presented as well.
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on 14 March 2012
A collection of songs that bring together all the best aspects of Voivod's sound. There is the rocky melody of albums like 'The Outer Limits', the experimentalism of albums like 'Nothingface' and touches of the hardcore-inspired thrash of their early albums.

Pretty refreshing stuff (especially considering that this band have been around for 30 years). Not many younger bands are producing anything this exciting.
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on 30 January 2013
Core Voivod essence beautifully honed with a cleaner modern sound whilst retaining the heavy unique character of the French-Canadian legends, with a bit of Jason Newsted thrown in. Brilliant. Buy it.
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on 5 May 2011
I am mostly a fan of the first album, but things change over time and this band constantly have. This probably deserves 3.5 stars as i think it will be a grower. So what does it sound like? Well a lot of this brings to mind Cop Shoot Cop and to a lesser extent Helmet and even some of the better Nirvana material, the album starts off a little light for me but later tracks have a lot more weight. In short if you are after a thrash album dont bother but if you like the heavy end of "Indie" music its well worth a listen for the price.
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