Metal stalwarts Voivod have been around since the early 1980s and show no signs of slowing down with the release of their new album, ‘Target Earth’. There’s real grit and determination on this record, although sadly it does falls short on a few levels.
They’re a progressive band and the majority of the songs are long and, at times, arduous. The album opens in good spirit; the title-track has plenty of energy and some great riffs which are plugged away at and that give the track some real rhythm. The vocals do sound a little worn out at this point in the band’s career, and there isn’t much variety or freshness on that side of things.
What’s interesting about the album is that it has songs on it that don’t captivate whatsoever and ones which are bone-smashingly great. Also, it’s a record which may take a few listens to get to grips with, ‘Warchaic’ is a song which doesn’t strike you on first listen as a particularly engrossing one, but after being on repeat it does grow on you.
There are some pretty unique songs on the album, for instance ‘Resistance’ is one which has plenty of captivating elements, it changes pace, turns quite strange, and goes into a number of different directions. The problem you find with the record is that you really have to stay with it in order to be engaged; once you’re midway through tracks, it’s hard to really grasp it.
Overall, it’s a solid effort from a band that has plenty of fans who will lap it up in no time at all. It isn’t anything really spectacular though and it isn’t going to elevate the band to another level like some may hope or expect.
Written by Greg Spencer