REVIEW: VOIVOD – “Post Society” [EP]
Voivod has always been in the league of its own in regards to the quality they exhibited during the time when the genre was immensely popular, which also implied a sea of mediocrity occupying musical spaces, and Voivod was one of the few bands that could stay afloat amidst this sea and bring several of their masterpieces some limelight in the underground of not just thrash metal, but in the progressive music circles as well. ‘Target Earth‘ had the older and progressive Voivod vibe and was a departure from the punk sound they had on Infini. Their latest release is back to the classic Voivod that has been relished by the fans.
“Post Society” is a dark and twisted albeit a small offering of technical/progressive thrash with two new tracks, with a dismal atmosphere and plenty of dissonant riffing. The album starts off with the new self-titled track – six minutes of technical writing, tempo changes, awe-inspiring atonal guitar work and a befitting guitar solo. The slower sections are filled with the kind of abysmal dread that can put a lot of black metal musicians to shame. The track “Forever Mountain” was part of their 2015 split with Napalm Death. Voivod excels in evoking inspiration by conquering pitfalls and clinging onto hope with perseverance, all while sounding morose. The next new track “Fall” starts off in tranquil and builds up to an emotional mid-tempo section, then breaking off into more dissonant riff galloping. The lead guitars have this poignancy in its writing that is enchanting. “We Are Connected” was part of another split from 2015 with At The Gates, and is again reminiscent of the classic Voivod age, with a more traditional (if that can apply to Voivod) approach and catching fast paced riffs and chorus intertwined with intense slower sections. The final track on the EP, “Silver Machine”, is a cover of the track from the legendary Hawkwind, and Voivod gives its own spin to the psychedelic masterpiece of a track, a fitting goodbye to Lemmy.
Voivod excels in every territory, be it composition or production. The band gives a hint to what to expect out of future releases – bleak dissonant twist to the old Voivod sound. The soul of Piggy lives on within the music of the band, and the new members have seamlessly integrated into the sound of Voivod. I’m so glad this band is back, and the direction its new music has taken would more than welcomed. Less neo-thrash and more of this please!