this is what this band has done, they have been through it all and I'm here to tell you about it right now!
Voi Vod came to the metal scene from Jonquiere, Quebec with a unique style to them, bringing with them very hard core metal and some great sounds, Voi Vod has been a very stable and kick ass part of the metal scene for some time. For me I remember seeing VoiVod for the first time live when they opened up for Ozzy Osbourne, the same time that ex Metallica bassist Jason Newsted was playing for Voi Vod and Ozzy in the same night, that in itself was quite epic. Jason Newsted was also there to help revitalize the band in 2003 and from there they seemed to be on top of the world again.
However in 2005 a blow hit Voi Vod coming in the form of one of their highly talented members Denis "Piggy" D'Amour pass away suddenly, this caused the band to step back from the spotlight for a bit and reflect on a few things. This however would only be temporary as they were back in the studio again in 2008 to honour "Piggy" and bring more metal to the masses!
Jump ahead through massive amounts of tours and a few live albums later and here we are today with "Target Earth" coming out in stores in North America and around the world, Jan 22nd 2013!
So what does the album bring us?!?! Well it brings us 57 mins of some kick ass music! The longest song is "Mechanical Mind" coming in at a powerful 7:36 and the shortest song is "Defiance", defying all odds and hitting the 1:33 mark at the end of the album.
In all honesty I have to say where you hear the songs they may sound out of tune, but in a way that brings the songs to such life that it has one of the most perfect twists around. Bringing in 30 years of music with them they bring in power to the album. Denis "Snake"
Belanger, is showing no signs of aging as his voice is gruff and still kicking ass! With the combinations of Daniel Mongrain on Guitar, Jean-Yves Theriault on Bass and Michel Langevin on Drums supporting "Snake" it has the combo for a deadly metal band that has been around for years, showing everyone what it takes to keep going strong.
They even did a bold move on this album and dropped a song on the album all in French too. It caught me off guard to hear that Corps Etranger (which means Foreign Body in French) was sung like that, but it didn't hinder the album, in fact it is great to see that they can belt out tunes like that in multiple languages and not lose any of the rhythms or riffs because of language.
The use off the bass guitar is evident here but you can hear it a lot in Warchaic, and it turns into a powerful song over all.
So what is the best and worst of this album?
Best actually for me is "Empathy for the Enemy" with the start of it sounding like you are in a tranquil setting.. only to have them come in with a hard core guitar style that shreds into a slower setting and introduces the lyrics. The transitions between riffs and the chorus is so smooth it fits perfectly within the song.
The Worst, well as you know I'm always a sucker for short songs, but short songs that fade out like it is a teaser for things to come on another album.. that is just mean! That is exactly what "Defiance" does. It maybe the full song, but wow is it short, and it is something you hear in the middle of the album not at the end. Maybe it is leading up to something we'd hear on a new album, we will never know until that album comes out.
This album is a strong 8/10 for me, it has all the makings of a classical Voi Vod album
and truly shows the talent they have in making yet another great album to their already
vast discography they already have!
For now though I'm PK saying ROCK ON and we will see you on the next show!