After 40 years and over a dozen studio albums worth of acclaimed music, most any band could be excused for mailing it in a bit at this stage of their career. Canadian, terrestrial, and intergalactic prog metal legends Voivod elect to flex and soar instead, delivering an impressively intricate and delightful effort with their fifteenth studio work, Synchro Anarchy.
Thematic juxtaposition and contrast provide an underpinning throughout an album that is as relentless as the rhythmic underbelly provided by the captivating drumming of Michel "Away" Langevin and riveting bass work of Dominic "Rocky" Laroche.
A split within my brain has opened all dimensions
As a kid, the idea of aliens creeped the hell out of me. My older brother had me watch the movie Fire in the Sky - a UFO abduction story based on actual accounts - and I didn't sleep well for a month. For those who haven't seen, the main character is subjected to highly unpleasant experiments at the hands of extraterrestrials; at one point a needle is even injected firmly and directly into one of his eyes.