Reviewed By Simon Milburn
Published 10 February, 2016
It’s almost surreal to contemplate that Canada’s Voivod have been going at it - in various forms of course - for well over thirty years. They are one of the few acts not only with that kind of longevity but also who have really managed to do their best to avoid any kind of pigeonholing that us journalist types try to do in order to give you, the humble reader, some kind of indication as to what the artist is all about. Think about it for a minute... from the very beginnings of 1984’s War and Pain to the progressive and though provoking Nothingface and the more traditional rock/metal releases such as Katorz, Voivod have continued to evade any kind of label that sticks.
It’s worked to their advantage, too. They’ve become somewhat of an enigma because of it. As well as that, it’s also something that has certainly kept their fanbase guessing over the years, that’s for sure. What will the next Voivod release bring? I think it’s fair to say we might not see another Killing Technology for example, but by the same token, I think it’s fair to say they will surprise us.
Post Society is another example of this quartet pushing us beyond what we expect from them. Truth be told, this EP is a bit of a mish mash really. There are two new tracks, two tracks from their 2015 split releases with Napalm Death and At The Gates and a cover song. See what I mean? Again, Voivod manage to surprise us all.
In the latest chapter of Voivod history, also known as the post Jason Newsted Voivod era, the quartet are clearly moving away from the more straight forward, almost rock and roll direction that dominated the Voivod and Katorz albums. If anything, the time signature changes and overall vibe of the two new songs, “Post Society” and “Fall”, hints more towards the progressive nature of Nothingface more than anything. Both tracks twist and turn more so than anything that this Canadian quartet have done for many a year at this point. Couple that with the duo of tracks that paired up with Napalm Death and At The Gates and it’s pretty clear which direction this group are heading in. The group’s cover of Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine” is as straight forward as it is eclectic. Truth be told, if there was ever a band to tackle something like this, then Voivod are probably best placed to do it justice, and the end result speaks for itself.
The best things about this EP are new Voivod material and new Voivod material that suggests they are heading back towards the unpredictability of the band’s progressive past. Post Society is a good teaser of what is to come and I for one am looking forward to the next instalment.
Century Media Records/Sony Music Australia