This album came out in in 1993, when the biggest bands on MTV were Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Most of that stuff bored me at the time, mainly because I was discovering things like The Outer Limits. This was the very first Voivod CD I ever owned, and I’ve been in love with it for over 10 years now.
In some ways this album is a continuation of the direction Voivod had been heading in at least since Nothingface, but it really isn’t imaginable without Angel Rat as a predecessor. The biggest difference between the two is in the production, which is bigger and heavier than Angel Rat, as well as the songwriting, which is a lot stronger, in my opinion. Piggy’s guitar work on this album has astonished me for over a decade — his creativity and use of layering single lines and chords really does manage to create an “unearthly” sound. Plus he uses quartal harmony (notably in “The Lost Machine” but also in “Moonbeam Rider” and elsewhere), which is highly unusual for metal — it’s something you’d normally find in jazz and modern classical music.
I love Voivod not because I am a die-hard metal fan but because they have made a unique and lasting contribution to the genre. To me, The Outer Limits is a big part of the Voivod legacy and will always remain one of my favorite albums.