Flaming Lips, Voivod, Nails, The Knife, Bleeding Rainbow, and more w/the Quickness

Yet again, a group of mentions and cursory reviews of things I didn’t get a chance to talk about this past week!


Voivod – Target Earth

Stream: Voivod – Target Earth

Prepare yourself for a feast of delicious thrashy guitar lines and pumping bass and drums. Voivod certainly has all of that, and they have been around long enough to show that they’ve mastered it with some incredible builds and switches like on the self-titled album opener; where in the second half they develop the song in couple fresh directions making for a satisfying listen. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is some pretty fantastic songwriting here that goes along with the theme of the albums title, so you can probably guess what its general theme is. A pretty clear and modern comparison that comes to mind with these guys is Mastodon–especially in the vocal delivery. Also, if you’re a fan of acts such as Vektor, you’ll surely see how this band’s odd approach to melody has influenced bands such as that over the years.

VOIVOD- “Mechanical Mind”

While most of the 80s thrash metal bands that are still kicking today are sounding overproduced and sterile, VOIVOD is still sounding pretty energetic, natural, and progressive. Loving that!

The song streaming above, “Mechanical Mind” comes from what’s going to be the band’s 13th studio album, Target Earth. Look for it via Century Media on January 22nd.