Voivod Album Review ‘Post Society’

Voivod are just coming off their massively successful world tour campaign promoting their latest full-length record ‘Target Earth’. Now the Canadian metal innovators have started working on their next album which is scheduled for release in late 2016/early 2017. Now they have released a 30-minute EP just to make the waiting time for their fans a little bit more bearable.

‘Post Society’ features two previously released tracks as well as two new songs and a cover. ‘Forever Mountain’ had already been released in 2015 as part of a split 7” with label mates Napalm Death. ‘Forever Mountain’ is probably one of the more straight forward Voivod songs if there is any such thing as a straight forward Voivod track. The song features a mid-tempo riff of a more classic metal variety. However, it wouldn’t be a Voivod track if there weren’t a few twists and turns throughout the song in the form of a couple of breaks in the middle.

The other previously released track is ‘We Are Connected’. The track was also released last year on a split 7” with At The Gates. ‘We Are Connected’ is an up-tempo track with an almost catchy refrain. The break in the middle lasts for a couple of minutes and ventures into a Pink Floyd-meets-jazz area before the song comes back to its driving riff.

The opener, title track and first new song is ‘Post Society’. The track starts with a fat bass riff featuring new band member Dominic ‘Rocky’ Laroche on bass. ‘Post Society’ is the fastest and heaviest song on the EP with its staccato-riffing. The other new track on ‘Post Society’ is ‘Fall’. ‘Fall’ is certainly the most experimental song on the EP. Throughout the track jazz elements are dominant. The intro of the song sounds like an industrial version of a jazz classic. Slightly the intensity is increased towards the middle of the song. The solos in the later third then pick up the jazz theme introduced at the beginning. Voivod then finish the EP with a timely cover of the Hawkwind classic ‘Silver Machine’.

‘Post Society’ is a strong Voivod release. The EP once again is proof that Voivod are one of the most experimental bands in the genre. Their music defies any attempt to be categorized. The myriad of different influences evident on ‘Post Society’ achieve exactly what you expect from a Voivod record: a listening experience that lets you discover the finer details of the song structures over time. ‘Post Society’ is a worthy part of a long back catalogue of innovative and creative masterpieces Voivod have released throughout the 33 years of their career.