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on 5 October 2012
I bought this book because i'm a big fan of rock bands with their own different style, and Voivod is one of the best examples of this.

They were part of the '80s thrash metal movement with their first 4 albums, also incorporating Science Fiction themes heavily.

The odd metered drumbeats, throaty angular basslines and dissonant guitar chords and psychedelic approach coupled with the sci-fi artwork and stories which were fully blown in the Dimension Hatross album opened a doorway to three heavily psychedelic albums Nothingface, Angel Rat and Outer Limits.

The Eric Forrest era albums explored a heavier industrial metal approach alongside 3d computer art. From this era, the album Phobos stands out as must-hear sci-fi themed metal music.

The Jason Newsted era brought more minimalist music but here the Singer shines with his revolutionary lyrics and the unique approach on some of the songs make them distinct - think punkrock diamonds there - the albums Voivod, Katorz and Infini warrant repeat listens to really reap the rewards, as the artistry lies within the song lyrics and content - the guitarist was very ill and died after the Voivod album.

The band restored the original lineup plus a very talented replacement for the fallen genius guitarist. Chewy is an incredibly talented allround player, playing in the Piggy style, and this approach is working very well - i think of it as Piggy guiding Chewy's hands. The next album, Target Earth will be released early next year and the guys have obviously built their approach from experience and it will be one of the higher rated Voivod albums from all indications. But remember that the Voivod experience is complex and really requires the complete discography. It's like Star Wars in that you cant just have one movie, you need all.

All of the above leads me to the book. The book really tied it all together for me. The origins, the art related to the story. The stories related to the songs. The story of life and death in the real world with financial troubles and limited success. The human beings, the triumph of the will, the slow march forward. The labour of love.

The only things which i can compare to this book are the Heavy Metal magazines which influenced Michel, the Star Wars movies (which i dearly hope that Michel will be able to produce an animated Voivod movie in this lifetime) - The Heavy Metal movie soundtrack sits with my Voivod Collection. Blue Oyster Cult's Fire of Unknown Origin and Secret Treaties are in that section as well.

In conclusion, don't miss this essential Sci Fi Rock and Art mastery - you could get lost in the art and music of Michel Langevin and the mighty Voivod! Essential for the Voivod Fan, and for the novice: This is a whole universe of music, stories and art - be prepared to face the VOIVOD!
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