Voivod - _Kronik_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Remixed Voivod? I was -very- apprehensive about this release, and so I should be. Voivod was always about being one step ahead of the metal genre community, always a bit out there and exploring the realms of metal, but this was Voivod fused with electronic music. Remixed versions of some of their heavy and most memorable numbers are found here ("Nanoman" and "Forlorn"), not to mention previously unreleased numbers ("Vortex" and "Erosion") and a slew of live version numbers (such as "Astronomy Domine" and "Nuclear War"). Voivod continues on in the trend of many metal acts who have decided to go along and remix their records/material (i.e., Fear Factory, Avulsed, Pantera, etc.) and done it reasonably well. The Fear Factory _Remanufacture_ LP sounded great and so do the three numbers Voivod worked on. As for the unreleased material here, it's still heavily experimental and definitely Voivod sounding. Fans will not be disappointed. And the live material from Germany? Stunning. This band is both a strong studio and live act, thrilling fans for more than a decade and still going strong. If this LP had been more of a remix record rather than a remix / unreleased / live effort, I would have more concern with what they did. But enough said -- this compilation of material from Voivod rules. It has enough variety to keep fans happy.
(article published 9/1/1998)
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