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THISQUIETA­RMY X AWAY

The Sin­gu­lar­ity, Phase I P572

- Voivod

Cana­dian bound­ary-push­ers set their di­als to stun

Im­pro­vi­sa­tion has al­ways been part of Voivod’s cre­ative process, so it’s no sur­prise that their drum­mer, Michel ‘Away’ Langevin, has taken so read­ily to these ex­tem­po­rised work­outs with fel­low coun­try­man, Eric Quach, aka Thisquieta­rmy. Rarely has the drone-sculpt­ing gui­tarist kept pace with such a sin­gu­lar and de­ter­mined pres­ence as Voivod’s tub-thumper. Quickly es­tab­lish­ing a tribal mode, Away force­fully drives pro­ceed­ings with rit­u­al­is­tic bat­ter­ies of tom-bruis­ing pum­mel, sud­denly shift­ing tem­pos across Quach’s lanc­ing elec­tronic shards and omi­nous tonal wash. The over­rid­ing throw­backs to 1970s ‘kos­mis­che’ rock oc­ca­sion­ally cede to pas­sages of seden­tary in­tro­spec­tion, where Quach’s de­lay-drenched strings rip­ple like the sun-flecked wa­ters of Pink Floyd’s end­less rivers, await­ing the in­evitable rum­ble of Away’s lat­est lim­ber out­break. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Can, Faust, Bore­doms

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