John's Album Reccomendation is Voivod – Killing Technology
With the Tribute to Canadian Rock show coming up at the end of the month (June 30th @ the Park Theatre) and a number of our students starting to investigate some of the heavier sounds of the rock spectrum. I am recommending the third album by Canadian thrash metal group Voivod. This band has been a big influence on musicians like Dave Grohl (Voivod vocalist Snake was featured on his Probot side-projects only album, with drummer Away providing that albums artwork) and pop punk legends Descendants. This record is particularly timely as it discusses many topics related to the influence of technology into everyday life (they were pretty accurate in some respects, pretty impressive given the album was written in 1985-1986). Musically the album has much more of a punk vibe in terms of the looseness of the music (which is a far cry from the rigidity of most thrash metal bands). The vocals are also less operatic in their delivery and borrow largely from punk and hardcore bands of the late 70’s/early 80[s. There are many interesting uses of chromaticism and tri-tones (diminished 5ths) throughout this album as well as longer song structures. You also can’t beat the introduction to the first song being the sound of a life support machine. Happy headbanging!
Key tracks: Killing Technology, Forgotten In Space, Overreaction
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