Put on any Voivod record since their 1984 debut album War And Pain and it’s immediately clear who you’re listening to. The band has carved out a very specific notch in metal that cuts deep into the pillars of thrash and progressive metal. Fourteen albums and 36 years later and you’d assume they’d be cranking out serviceable, if not surprisingly good material. Which isn’t a dig at the band – 36 years is a long time to be consistently great. Except Voivod, all this time and material deep into its career, has produced an absolute modern progressive metal masterpiece that is undeniably one of their best albums yet.
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