Venue: La Sala Rossa
This was my third time seeing Voivod and it was completely different from the other two. It was a very special Voivod concert. First, it took place in a pretty small venue (about 250 capacity) and it didn't have any advertisement, except for a subtle announcement on their facebook page. Thus, it was an intimate show for the diehard fans: some kind of gift to them for their support. Second, they played their classic album Dimension Hatröss
in its entirety with no opener or whatsoever. There was no actual starting time for the show, so I got there for 9:00 pm, but they ended up starting about 45 minutes later. They took the stage to a wierd keyboard intro, with eerie red lightings and smoke effects, and then immediately dived into the first song of the album, "Experiment". To my surprise, the sound was flawless (it was not the case for Nasum at the same venue a few weeks ago). We could hear every guitar and bass note, and everything blended perfectly. Speaking of notes, Dan Mongrain did an incredible job on immitating Piggy's peculiar solos and licks. The bizarre visual ambiance I had witnessed in the intro continues throughout the whole set, thanks to the awesome job of the lights guy (again, the lights were exploited in a much better way than at the Nasum show). With some funny talking in between some of the songs by Snake, the band proceeded to perform every classic song from the album. My highlight was the strange thrasher "Psychic Vacuum", which was extremely heavy live. After finishing the apocalyptic last song of the record, "Cosmic Drama", the band recieved a thunder of applause of screams (well, they actually recieved these after each song).
Snake then mischievously asked the band "what should we play next?" Then, without a warning, they stormed into the over 17 minutes long prog epic "Jack Luminous" from the Outer Limits
album. I have no idea if they ever played this live, but it was a hell of a trip!
After that, they went off stage, but were rapidly called back by the enthusiastic crowd. They then chose to offer us a new song from the upcoming record. The song was called "Target Earth" or "Target: Earth", and it sounded like a continuation of the Dimension Hatröss
sound. It was impressive to see how Dan Mongrain had fully mastered Piggy's riffing and soloing style and even transformed it a bit to his own style. The solo was fucking shredtastic!
To all the Voivod fans here: you're going to love the new album (which is done writing, by the way).
At last, they finished with their fantastic cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine", endind the show on a high note. For me, the only letdown was that no song from the first three records were played, but like I said, this was no ordinary Voivod concert and it was a unique experience to witness.
Macrosolutions to Megaproblems
Target Earth (new song)
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)