Music still rages on
Canadian metal band Voivod are not strangers to the world of music and have powered through despite the hardships. From the devastating death of Denis D’Amour back in 2005 and the constant changing of band members, Voivod still remained true towards their music and they are back with The End of Dormancy.
The record only has three songs, but the music shines bright. Denis Bélanger’s vocals are strong and authoritative on each track, the guitar playing by Daniel Mongrain and Dominic Laroche fills the background with surging guitar notes and Michel Langevin’s drum beats are clear and concise on the compositions. The vibe on The End of Dormancy is a sweet sound for those who are willing to listen.
On The End of Dormancy, there are two different versions of the title track and both versions are intriguing because the instrumentation carries the music. The metal section of “The End of Dormancy” is catchy due to how the horn section fills the atmosphere with classy noise. While listening, the trumpets, saxophones and trombones add volume on this piece by how the sounds clash into each other to create the feeling of dreariness. Whoever decided to include the horn section on this track made a smart choice because the horn playing compliments the musical style of the band.
The live version of “The End of Dormancy” is filled with ear pleasing musical talent. The electricity coming from Mongrain’s bold guitar playing surges the crowd with worthy guitar notes. Laroche’s thunderous bass guitar playing amplifies the audience with low riffs. Langevin’s drum beats are being skillfully played on a consistent musical pattern and Belanger’s vocals sound superior with a dash of intensity. It is enjoyable to hear a crowd enjoying themselves while listening to quality music and overall, both versions of “The End of Dormancy” are extremely good while blaring from the speakers on volume ten.
Smoking “The Unknown Knows” is another live tune which displays the talented side of Belanger’s vocals. While listening, his voice provides a sense of swagger and class while he is performing and throughout the performance, his vocal range carries the rest of the band. Belanger’s vocal range stays on steady musical flow and the smoothness of his voice contributes to the constant madness the rest of the band is playing. “The Unknown Knows” ruled the audiences minds and when people listen to this track, their minds will let the music take over their thoughts as well.
The End of Dormancy proves how strong Voivod is as a band and it is encouraging to see an older metal band wanting to keep making and performing wonderful music. Also, people should give this record a chance because they could find themselves bobbing their heads to the beautiful noise leaving their speakers.