Voivod’s ANGEL RAT is a 1991 album that was sadly overlooked at the time of its release…It was produced by Terry Brown, who has worked w/ Rush. The album bridges the gap in between the thrash metal Voivod of the eighties & the “mature” sound that the band carried into the nineties & beyond.
At the time of its release, ANGEL RAT saw the band carrying on as a three-piece machine, w/ Denis “Snake” Belanger/Vox, Denis “Piggy” D’Amour (R.I.P.)/Guitar/Keyboards, and Michel “Away” Langevin/Drums. Although Voivod was without the services of Jean-Yves “Blacky” Theriault (Bass), the album still maintains a full sound throughout.
ANGEL RAT continues the band’s musical direction that was put forth on NOTHINGFACE (1989). Musically, this album is somewhere in between metal & prog. rock. Standout tracks include “Clouds In My House,” “Golem,” & “None Of The Above.” Lyrically, this album dabbles in the Sci/Fi genre w/ abstract words painted over esoteric layered guitars.
Check this album out!! Get lost inside it!! It can be purchased for a few bucks (used), so it’s worth the trip!!
Also, check out Voivod’s “Nothingface” & “Outer Limits,” which are both musically & lyrically similar in style.