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Voivod Wakes Up The Underworld In London

It's been five years since Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod released the album, "Target Earth," during which time they gradually released the "Post Society" EP. Last month however, the band finally released a new full length album, "The Wake." The ambitious concept album is sure to get fans excited and people talking but some would say it's in a live setting where Voivod really shines, so I popped along to The Underworld in Camden, North London to see what a headlining Voivod show is like.

Having unfortunately missed out on the bulk of opening act, Cryptic Shift, it was on to the main support for the evening, Bio-Cancer. Hailing from Athens, the Greek thrashers have a lot more to offer than the eighties throwbacks of the mid to late 2000s thrash revival, containing some grindcore influences and a trace of black metal. Those who appreciate the genre found much to like about the Hellenic thrashers, though I did notice that the longer they were on, the bar was becoming more crowded. While there may not be too much to remark on when it comes to their live show, if you're a fan of old school thrash that likes to walk on the extreme side a little, Bio-Cancer are worth checking out.

Finally, it was time for one of Canada's greatest and most innovative bands, Voivod to take to the stage. With their first album in five years, "The Wake" finally out, the quartet from Quebec kicked off proceedings by performing the title track from their EP, "Post Society," which they revisited later in the set with the song "Fall." The band knew exactly how much of the new record to bring out tonight, performing the songs, "Iconspiracy," "Obsolete Beings" and "Always Moving" from "The Wake," which all went down a treat, while not forcing the new record on to fans.

Of course, there was a good selection of old favourites on show this evening, include the live favouritew, "Ravenous Medicine" and "Order of the Blackguards" from the classic, "Killing Technology" album. Records like "Angel Rat" and "The Outer Limits" were represented by "The Prow" and "The Lost Machine" respectively, while other essential albums, "Nothingface" and "Dimension Hatröss" were also promoted with performances of "Into My Hypercube" and "Technocratic Manipulators." This wide selection of material was capped off first with the eponymous, "Voivod" from the debut album, "War and Pain" and then with the one song encore, "Overreaction" from "Killing Technology." All in all, this was yet another incredible performance from Voivod, who possess both the intelligence and grandeur of prog legends like Pink Floyd and Genesis, as well as the gritty punk energy of the likes of Discharge and The Damned. A bucket list live band for any self respecting metal fan.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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