VOIVOD always had been one of those bands that stylistically could hardly be stuffed into a category. After the quite progressive, cool "Nothingface" album 1991 saw the release of "Angel Rat". What had happened to the Canadians? A lot more rocking, more mature. But still the album triumphed with very catchy melodies. The bulkiness of the previous album had been knocked down by an armada of hit like catchy tunes. Of course VOIVOD would not be VOIVOD, if the instrumentation would not be extraordinary. This incomparable askew guitar sound is just as unmistakeably original as ever on "Angel Rat".
Singer Snake most probably made the biggest improvement, here he gets the best out of his whiny voice. VOIVOD are fully rocking and add some RUSH-like passages to their rocking tracks. Songs like the calm "Angel Rat" or the churning "Freedoom" seem to be not of this world. They sound very personal and show a yet unknown, fragile side, which also fits the band very well. Then there are punky rockets like "The Prow" or the snot rocking "Panorama", which liven up every party.
On this superb album we don't get a single fallout. An album that is one of the few classics of the 90s! Of course "The Outer Limits" is an essential buy, too, and just as great as "Angel Rat". More on that soon. (Online June 10, 2003)