2. Voivod – The Wake
Genre: Progressive Metal / Progressive Thrash Metal
Label: Century Media Records
Release date: 21st September 2018
Is there any band on the planet as consistently unconventional and consistently surprising as Canada’s favourite sons, Voivod? Of course there isn’t, which is why the metal world holds them so dear and has fully supported their embarkation to the next sphere of existence.
Which brings us neatly to The Wake, a progressive metal masterclass from a band who still couldn’t sound like anyone else even if they wanted to! Otherworldly and always on the precipice of discovering new sounds plucked from the farthest reaches of the cosmos, Voivod proved once again that they are both fearless and peerless.
If anything, it was fans of Dimension Hatröss and The Outer Limits who were most pleased with this release with the majority of the album perfectly balancing the frantic sci-fi thrash of the former with the progressive accessibility of the latter. As expected, what emerged from these most dangerous of minds was abstract art set to thrilling avant-garde / progressive metal.
There’s precious little thrash left in their sound but you won’t miss it. Instead, you’ll be far too busy scratching your head in bewilderment at the noise emanating from your speakers.
Thank fuck there are bands out there still making music of this quality.
Wake up to its brilliance here.