Monday, August 23, 2010

Voivod, Pepsi, et Technologie

Voivod's Nothingface is one of the unsung albums of the last 30 or so years. It's one of those great from-out-of-left-field albums: meta-metal, like a lost SST metal album that never found it's way to South Bay. Dig the snotty-sounding punk rock vocals, gritty bass (worthy of Tracy Pew), and the jagged guitar work, all wrapped up in a fairly visionary "prog-metal" package that thankfully has none of the baggage that goes with that genre (think of Voivod as the anti-Dream Theater). 

Nothing Voivod did before or after Nothingface equaled its glory, but some of the psychedelic and pop infusions of Angel Rat were dreamy and inventive, and The Outer Limits has some of the same. Their interpretations of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd set them apart even further from metal cliche ("Astronomy Domine" and "The Nile Song").

The above clip is off Canadian T.V. (thank you, Pepsi Co.). It's around the time Nothingface came out ('89). The initial interview with a kind of Canadian Martha Quinn lasts a couple of minutes, and the performance that follows is well worth the viewing. They pulled it off live.

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