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CD review TAU CROSS "Pillar of Fire"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Tau Cross, Voivod, Amebix, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Punk, Hardrock, Relapse Records, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

CD review TAU CROSS "Pillar of Fire"

(9/10) It was two years ago when a band arouse attention with an album that featured jaw-dropping good songs. The name of this powerhouse is Tau Cross, a new collective of musicians with various backgrounds. Amebix frontman Rob Miller belongs to Tau Cross as well as Voivod drummer Michel Langevin being in on it. Next to these two guys it’s Andy Lefton, Jon Misery, James Adams and Tom Radlo completing the line-up that worked on the bands sophomore longplayer “Pillar of Fire”.

The debut, simply named “Tau Cross”, was already a blast that increased expectations when it comes to the second longplayer. After having listened to the new album several times I can tell you that all expectations have been easily fulfilled. Tau Cross picks up where they left with the debut.

Anarchic metal meets punk meets hardrock, that’s what the debut was about and that’s what you get served with the new record. “Pillar of Fire” features eleven songs that are edgy, spot-on and raw. “Raising the Golem” is the first chapter of this exciting release and it starts dark and mysterious. After a few seconds the intro turns into the actual song which is a well-chosen opener. It comes with a hypnotic beat and the hoarse vocals by Miller are already a trademark in itself. This opener does the job, being an appetizer for more … and you get more.

As mentioned earlier in this review, Tau Cross’ spectrum of songs is a wide one. ”On the Water” states this in a perfect way. The tune is almost an homage to the mighty Motorhead. It’s not only the vocals that reminds of the iconic trio, it’s the way how the song’s built up. Another highlight is the title track that starts acoustic and calm. This beginning brought Sisters Of Mercy and Fields Of The Nephilim to my mind. It’s a gloomy and melancholic number that stays in this mood from beginning till end. It’s a special song that stands out from the rest and therefor is the perfect name-giver for the album.

Another song I would like to stand still for a minute is “Killing the King” with its Killing Joke vibe included. I like the merciless drums in the beginning of this harsh and partly mystic song.

“Pillar of Fire” is the highly anticipated second Tau Cross longplayer and it fully lives up to expectation. These guys are rightly top rated and also get well-deserved nine points from MHMB.





  1. Raising Golem
  2. Bread and Circuses
  3. On The Water
  4. Deep State
  5. Pillar of Fire
  6. Killing the King
  7. A White Horse
  8. The Big House
  9. RFID
  10. Seven Wheels
  11. What Is a Man


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017


TAU CROSS announces new album

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tau Cross, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Punk, News, Heavy Metal, Voivod, Amebix, Post Punk

TAU CROSS, the multinational punk / heavy metal collective revolving around Amebix bassist / frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War // Plague, have announced their second full-length album Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records.

TAU CROSS commented on the new album: "Pillar of Fire is the continuation of some of the ideas that were explored on our first Album, this time we have managed to share the songwriting more equally and introduce some other textures to the songs. This should help to establish Tau Cross as less of a one off phenomena and more of an ongoing musical collective producing our own distinctive sonic environment."

Pillar Of Fire was recorded across three different countries and co-produced by "The Baron" in the same manner as their eponymous debut. The drums were tracked Montreal, guitars in Minneapolis, bass in Seattle and Minneapolis), vocals on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Pillar of Fire further expands the group's unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke's metallic post-punk and Motörhead's anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism. Pillar of Fire is a musical unearthing of TAU CROSS's philosophical preoccupations: mythological motifs, ultra-terrestrial hypotheses, surreal, social political landscapes and the endless search for meaning in a controlled Universe.

  1. Raising Golem
  2. Bread and Circuses
  3. On the Water
  4. Deep State
  5. Pillar of Fire
  6. Killing the King
  7. A White Horse
  8. The Big House
  9. RFID
  10. Seven Wheels
  11. What is a Man
  12. Three Down
Vinyl + Digital bonus tracks:
  1. Three Down
  2. We are the Terror
  3. In Time
TAU CROSS announces new album

CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2017 von Markus W. in Voivod, Noise lebt!, CD Review, News, reissue, Thrash Metal, Punk, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal

Canada thrash metal dinosaurs Voivod belong to the group of bands that had and have a significant impact on metal music. The band from Quebec created a sound that’s unique up to date. Even though their music shows different facets over time, each of the various periods had a typical Voivod signature that made the band recognizable and differentiated them from other metal bands.

Thanks to the ‘Noise lebt!’ relaunch campaign it’s the first milestones of this iconic band that have been re-vitalized. This excellently done package of Voivod classics includes the re-issue of three milestones in metal; capturing the period between 1986 and 1988.

The debut “War and Pain”, which is not part of this series, was published in 1984, an album that created already some excitement in the underground, leading to a contract with Noise Records and a first release for the new label.

“Rrröööaaarrr” is an album that’s as unusual as its title supposes. The sophomore longplayer of the four Canadians is a raw piece of music that includes an anarchical vibe that infectes each of the nine songs on the album. “Rrröööaaarrr” is a coarse disc that brings together some punk, thrash and metal – a sound that was new at the time. Already at this early stage of the band some progressive structures have been included in the tracks, however it is the raging chaos in their music which was the dominate factor. Tracks like “Korgüll the Exterminator” survived over all these years and are still a highlight in the bands live shows. Voivod's second longplayer strengthened their position in underground thrash metal and helped the band to also get more attention in Europe. The entire reissue version went through a remastering and is also available in a vinyl version.

What comes with this re-issue is a live recording that underlines the underground popularity at this moment in time. On a second CD the package includes a live recording from Montreal, a show that was captured in 1986 at Spectrum. What rounds off this fantastic re-release is a DVD that rehearsals and live footage of early shows of the band.


CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

After such a bold metal record Voivod unveiled one year later their third studio album “Killing Technology”. Voivod continued their journey through post-apocalyptic metal which means that the record includes again all the mentioned trademarks. However, “Killing Technology” has a bit more of a structured chaos, will say that the progressive parts of their wild thrash metal started to scratch the surface a bit more. Like with all Voivod releases it takes a while till the music reveals the full raging beauty. As with the predecessor also this longplayer includes nine songs that are framed by the classics “Killing Technology” and “Cockroaches.

In a consistent manner also this package includes a live show. Voivod returned to Spectrum in 1987 and the recording of this show is the special treat on this re-release. The DVD instead focuses more on shows in Europe with footage from Tuttlingen (Germany), Sargans (Switzerland),… while there’s also a special slideshow included on the DVD, covering live and studio photos plus artwork, which was always another important part of Voivod too.


CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

Having released three excellent longplayers made Voivod to far more than just a decent band. The guys had a constantly increasing fan base that was greedily looking forward to some new stuff. It was in June 1988 when the wait was over. “Dimension Hatröss” hit the shelfs and showcased the next level of evolvement. The album that was produced by Harris Johns tells the story of cyborg Korgull. The album is split into two sections – ‘Prologue’ and ‘Epilogue’. The four-piece band from Quebec focuses on eight songs with the “Batman” theme which was by the way only part of the CD. Songs like “Chaosmöngers" and “Brain Scan” are genius thrash metal anthems, each of them very welcomed as being part of a Voivod show.

And since you read the review up to this stage you can guess what’s part of this third re-issued album too. Indeed, it’s a live show that was recorded at Spectrum in Montreal – this time in 1988. As it’s with the other live recordings it’s a well-done capturing of a live show that shows the band on a first peak. The DVD, as the third disc in this very worthwhile set includes live shows filmed during Voivod’s US tour at the end of 1988.

These three album are milestones in metal that thanks to the revitalization of ‘Noise lebt!’ get into the record stores again – as CD and in vinyl. Voivod is more than just a band. It’s a passionate unit of artists that created a concept which includes music and art, all with a rebellious spirit, something made them unique and helped to avoid conformity. These guys, also at a later stage, developed a sound that’s still recognizable as being from Voivod and the three longplayers stand for avery strong foundation for all the achievements.


CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

Tracklist “Rrröööaaarrr”


  1. Korgüll the Exterminator
  2. Fuck Off and Die
  3. Slaughter in a Grave
  4. Ripping Headaches
  5. Horror
  6. Thrashing Rage
  7. The Helldriver
  8. Build Your Weapons
  9. To the Death!


Spectrum ’86 – ‘No Speed Limit Week-End’; Live at Montreal, October ’86

  1. Korgüll the Exterminator
  2. Ripping Headaches
  3. Blower
  4. Fuck Off and Die
  5. Tornado
  6. Iron Gang
  7. War and Pain
  8. Warriors of Ice
  9. Nuclear War
  10. Overreaction
  11. The Helldriver
  12. Ravenous Medicine
  13. Voivod
  14. Thrashing Rage



  1. Rrröööaaarrr Rough Mix Demo 1985
  2. Anachronism Live 25.06.86 (first show)
  3. Early Rehearsals 1983-1984
  4. Piggy Sound Collage 1980


  1. Live, NYC, N.Y., USA – 05/05/86; First U.S. Show
  2. Live, Long Beach, C.A., USA – 06/13/86
  3. Live, Jonquiere High School, QC, Canada, 12/20/84; Morgoth Invasion
  4. Live, Jonquiere Cultural Center QC, Canada, 01/27/84; To the Death!
  5. Slideshows: Artwork (1983 – 1986) + Live & Studio Photos (1985 – 1986)



Tracklist “Killing Technology”


  1. Killing Technology
  2. Overreaction
  3. Tornado
  4. Too Scared To Scream
  5. Forgotten In Space
  6. Ravenous Medicine
  7. Order of the Blackguards
  8. This Is Not an Exercise
  9. Cockroaches


Spectrum ’87 – Live In Montreal, September 1987

  1. Killing Technology
  2. Overreaction
  3. Ravenous Medicine
  4. Tornado
  5. Korgull the Exterminator
  6. Ripping Headaches
  7. Blower
  8. Live For Violence
  9. Tribal Convictions
  10. Order of the Blackguards
  11. Cockroaches
  12. To The Death
  13. Voivod
  14. Batman



  1. Live At Kriekelaarzaal, Brussels, Belgium: 28/11/87


  1. Live At The Token Lounge, Westland, MI, USA: 14/05/87
  2. Live At Rossli Azmoosm, Sargans, Switzerland: 06/11/87
  3. Live At Festhalle, Tuttlingen, Germany: 07/11/87
  4. Live At Rex Club, Paris, France: 01/12/87
  5. Live At Ildiko’s, Toronto, ON, Canada: 19/09/87
  6. Slideshows: Artwork (1987) | Live & Studio Photos (1987)



Tracklist “Dimension Hatröss”


  1. Experiment
  2. Tribal Convictions
  3. Chaosmongers
  4. Technocratic Manipulators
  5. Macrosolutions to Megaproblems
  6. Brain Scan
  7. Psychic Vacuum
  8. Cosmic Drama
  9. Batman


Spectrum ’88 – ‘A Flawless Structure?’; Live in Montreal, December 21st 1988

  1. Overreaction
  2. Experiment
  3. Tribal Convictions
  4. Chaosmongers
  5. Ravenous Medicine
  6. Korgull the Exterminator
  7. Technocratic Manipulators
  8. Macrosolutions to Megaproblems
  9. War and Pain Medley
  10. Brain Scan
  11. Psychic Vacuum
  12. Order to the Black Guards
  13. Holiday in Cambodia
  14. Batman



  1. Dimension Hatröss Demo 1987


  1. Live At Blondies, Detroit, MI, USA : 18.11.88
  2. Live At the Axiom, Houston, Texas, USA : 10.12.88
  3. Live At Anthrax, Norwalk, CT, USA : 09.11.88
  4. Live At Fenders Ballroom, Long Beach, California, USA: 03.12.88
  5. Slideshows – Artwork | Live and Studio Photos (1988)


Label: BMG/Noise

Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017


CD review FLOATING WIDGET "The Sound of Earth"

Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2017 von Markus W. in Floating Widget, Stoner Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Voivod

(8/10) Is it global warming that brings a desert vibe up to Montreal? I don't know but it’s for sure a warm stream of stoner rock reached Canada. Floating Widget from Montreal were inspired by this vibe in 2015 and started to write songs for their debut album "Praises to the Riff Monolith".

Two years later the quartet comes back with a new release. This time it’s a five song EP that was recorded at Bad Ass Studio.

I haven’t heard of the guys before and therefore I wasn’t really sure what to expect. That changed since I had the opportunity to listen to this record several times and I must say that things sound quite good on this rocking disc.

“Rock & Roll Jubilee”, the opener, is a straightforward stoner rock song that brings you immediately in a good mood. “Psy Walker” comes next; a booming track that gets out of the gates very easily and song number three, ”I Am the Temple”, which is a continuation of this positive surprise. Also “Albatross (Nobody Loves an)” with its slower pace provides four entertaining minutes of rock before the closer “Spiderzilla” provides an extra treat. Not only that the number can easily handle a comparison with the first four songs; it’s Voivod’s Denis ‘Snake’ Belanger who does the vocals. These 2:41 minutes are an interesting mixture of stoner rock with Voivod-like vocal lines – an exciting experiment that sound really good.

I like this EP and in case you’re looking for something thrilling that’s coming from the Canadian music underground than I can recommend “The Sounds of Earth”. It's good stuff that's worth solid eight points.





  1. Rock & Roll Jubilee
  2. Psy Walker
  3. I am the Temple
  4. Albatross (Nobody Loves an)
  5. Spiderzilla (feat. Snake from Voivod)


Label: Self-released

Genre: Stoner Rock

Release Date EU: March 2017


CD review FLOATING WIDGET "The Sound of Earth"

Book review "Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2017 von Markus W. in Noise Records, Book, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Tech Metal, Prog Metal, News, Kreator, Voivod, Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, Tankard, Celtic Frost Hellhammer

Noise Records was one of the highly influential metal labels during the 80’s. The label was started by Ulrich Walterbach in 1984 and can be seen as a crucial factor in the history of heavy metal. Iconic bands like Kreator, Helloween, Grave Digger and Celtic Frost, but also bands from overseas like Canadian tech-thrashers Voivod have been signed by the label and released their first records; most of them still classics in metal. The most successful release was definitely Helloween’s “Keeper of the Seven Keys” cyclus with part 2 being sold more than 1 million times. In 2001 Noise Records became a part of Sanctuary Records and the brand slowly disappeared.

15 years later there’s a re-vitalisation of Noise Records that takes place, bringing some of the 80’s classic back into the spotlight. Under the banner of “Noise lebt!” compilations of Kreator, Tankard, and some more have been published end of 2016 and there is a comprehensive release of the first three Voivod classic planned for end of April this year.

Next to all that the history of Noise Records was written down in a book named “Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records”. I got the German version but there's an English version too - "Damn the Machine. The Story of Noise Records". The book describes the raise and fall of the iconic label. 75 interviews with Walterbach, employees and colleagues have been the base for 504 pages, telling an interesting story, giving insights into one of the important labels in metal. Author and journalist David E. Gehlke did a real deep dive when it comes to the story of Noise Records, enriched with 225 photos.

Last but not least you might recognised the artwork of this book. Indeed, it was Voivod’s Michael ‘Away’ Langevin who did the front cover artwork and no one less than Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch wrote a foreword for this amazing book.


David E. Gehlke

“Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records”

I.P. Verlag

Release Date: March 24th, 2017

  • ISBN-10: 3940822108
  • ISBN-13: 978-3940822109
Photo by Markus Wiedenmann

Photo by Markus Wiedenmann


VOIVOD 'Best of ...' and re-issues via 'Noise Lebt!"

Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2017 von Markus W. in Voivod, Thrash Metal, Prog Metal, News, Noise Lebt!, Heavy Metal, Kreator, Sinner, Running Wild, Noise Records

In autumn last year the first re-issues of Noise Records bands/releases took place. This first wave included material from bands like Sinner, Running Wild and the mighty Kreator, songs that came from the earlier days of these bands, a time when the Berlin-based label had contracted them.

March 2017 will be the month of a next bunch of albums that will come back to surface again. It's the first milestones of Canadian thrashers Voivod that will be re-released under the banner of 'Noise Lebt!'. Voivod added with their anarchic and progressive thrash metal a new substyle to thrash metal, a sound that the guys developed further and finetuned over the last 35 years.

Not only that there will be a 'best of...', entitled "Your Weapons: The Very Best of the Noise Years 1986-1988", it's also classics like “Rrröööaaarrr”, “Killing Technology” and “Dimension Hatröss” that will hit the shelves again - in 2CD/DVD sets or as vinyl. That means for everybody who missed start of the Quebec-based metal quartet: Be quick. This is your chance to get up to speed with some true highlights in thrash metal.

...and the only question remaining: Will there be a re-issue of the Coroner discs somewhere later in 2017?


VOIVOD 'Best of ...' and re-issues via 'Noise Lebt!"

CD review VEKTOR "Terminal Redux"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Vektor, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Voivod, Watchtower, CD Review, Prog Metal, Prog Rock

(9/10) Imagine a valley, covered in grey fog and mist. Some of the mountain tops stick out their head, unveiling their beauty by being lighted by first sunrays. OK, this is maybe a weird beginning of a review, but anyhow, in one or another way it reflects pretty well Vektor's new album "Terminal Redux". The guys form Philadelphia, Pennsylvania created an album that sticks out of the grey mass of thrash bands. It's one of these 'musical mountain tops' that shines bright.

The four-piece allowed themselfs plenty of time for writing and recording "Terminal Redux". It's their third full-length album in the band's 12 years history, a record that follows the 2011 release "Outer Isolation". Looking on the result of this five years effort, it was worth waiting. "Terminal Redux" features ten technical advanced thrash songs that are all on a very high level. It's a lot of complext thrash metal that you get with this longplayer. Actutally, longplayer is really the right term for this disc since all songs together lead to a playing time of 73 minutes. This means, "Terminal Redux" stands for quantity with quality.

I had always a passion for thrash metal that has a certain more complex structure. Bands like Watchtower, Coroner and Toxik still belong to my favorite thrash bands and Vektor is one of them too. Vektor takes the heritage of these progressive thrash dinosaurs, add a bit of Voivod and 'translate' everything to the here and now. Vektor's newest album has a lot of oldschool elements included in their sound, but the tracks don't feel like being oldfashioned. It's the unleashed wildness and the pure dedication for thrash metal that can be picked out in each of the ten songs.

All of the tunes on the album are equaly good, but the real highlight comes at the end. The grand finale is named "Recharging the Void", which is a 13 minutes masterpiece. This epos starts with a gloomy riff before complex song strucutres dominate the scene. Awesome leads and solos are part of this true highlight as well as DiSanto's hoarse vocals. These are the typical trademarks of Vektor, but the guys add even more. The middle part is kept silent, with female background vocals and acoustic guitars that gives the song a new twist. I was reminded to Devin Townsend when I heard this section. After a while this innocent sound construct changes again into a furious musical inferno. "Recharging the Void" is a thrilling song that is rightly chosen to be the closer of an outstanding album.

But "Terminal Redux" is more than just a very good technical thrash songs. The longplayer is a concept album that combines reality and imagination by adding facts and warnings from the future. It's about an astronaut that was sentenced to an isolation testing program, describing the impact of all this on his presonality and life in outerspace.

I can highly recommend this album that reveals each time a new layer of details that you missed in the earlier sessions. Exciting, thrilling, complex, raw and wild.





  1. Charging the Void
  2. Cygnus Terminla
  3. LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)
  4. Mountains Above the Sun
  5. Ultimate Artificer
  6. Pteropticon
  7. Psychotropia
  8. Pillars of Sand
  9. Collapse
  10. Recharging the Void


Label: Earache Records

Genre: Progressive Thrash

Release Date EU: May 6th, 2016

CD review VEKTOR "Terminal Redux"

CD review VOIVOD "Post Society"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Voivod, Thrash Metal, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock, News, CD Review, Punkrock

(9/10) It's always a big moment when Canadian sci-fi trashers of Voivod come out with new songs. Three years after having published the last full length studio album "Target Earth" the quartet is back with a new EP called "Post Society". The disc contains five songs with a running time of half an hour and I can tell you that each minute of this EP is a treat for your ears. Next to brand new tracks the record also contains the 2 songs from the latest split CD's plus a Hakwind cover ("Silver Machine").

And of course, Voivod are more than just thrash. Their unique sound that is a mixture of thrash, punk, pro and you name it, makes them special and it's all these trademak that come back on the newest release.

"Post Society" is the first record with the band's new bassist Dominic "Rocky" Laroche and the first notes of the title track almost feels like a warm welcome and introduction. It's a bass intro that kicks off this EP followed by a quite strong bassline throughout the entire opener. The gloomy vibe that's created by the title track doesn't promise a joyful 'post society' future. The songs reminded me of the "Angel Rat" phase when Voivod entered new territory. This time it's less new and the song sounds great. I real title track.

"Forever Mountain" is next. The song, that is part of the split 7" with At The Gates, is kept in a moderate pace and has pretty cool guitar lines accompanied by Snake's moaning and accusing vocals. What stands out with this song is the middle part, when Voivod takes out a bit of heaviness by still keeping this oppressive atmosphere. Well done.

The next new song is called "Fall" and it starts slow and acoustic. Actually I was, based the the vocal lines, reminded of Henry Rollins during the first minute. But step by step the tune develops into a complex metal beast that might be hard to digest in the first run, but the song is gaining each time you listen to it and in the end it's a real winner.

The split 7" with Napalm Death contained "We Are Connected", the song that is next on the tracklist. It's again a more complex number, but compared to the earlier "Fall" the tune has an almost swinging vibe ('swinging' in a Voivod context, of course).

One of the most popular Voivod songs is actully a cover version. The Canadian four-piece covered Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" years ago. This version can easily live up to the original by still being 100% Voivod. "Silver Machine" is now another cover of a legendary song. I'm not sure if the song was also meant to be a kind of tribute to Lemmy, but it fits perfect. Voivod doesn't move too far away from the original, but the guys add their own flavor to this classic. Voivod haven't been more rocking that with this tune.

Voivod released with "Post Society" an excellent EP that work perfect as being a bridge to the new studio album that is planned for end of 2016.

Stay tuned and in the meantime, listen to "Post Society".





  1. Post Society
  2. Forever Mountain
  3. Fall
  4. We Are Connected
  5. Silver Machine


Label: Century Media

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2016

CD review VOIVOD "Post Society"
CD review VOIVOD "Post Society"

TAU CROSS also available as vinyl

Veröffentlicht am 13. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Tau Corss, News, Vinyl, Punkrock, Punk, Alternative Metal, Voivod, Music

Tau Cross fantastic album is also available as vinyl. It's one disc in a gatefold that is done very nicely. The lyrics are printed on the inside and the excellent artwork is far more exciting then on CD. My version also had a download code which I highly appreciated.


TAU CROSS also available as vinyl
TAU CROSS also available as vinyl

CD review TAU CROSS "Tau Cross"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Tau Cross, Voivod, Amebix, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Punkrock, News, CD Review

(9/10) It easily could be that you haven't heard from Tau Cross so far. This needs to change - now. Tau Cross is a project combining band members from bands like Amebix and Voivod.

The album is simply called "Tau Cross". It is the result of a recording process that took several months and took place in three countries.

The longplayer is one of the coolest ones so far in 2015. What makes it so exciting is the mix of many different styles and musical backgrounds. Tau Cross puts those twelve musical bricks together in a way so that ot leads to a solid wall of sound - somewhere between punk, doom and metal

Characteristic for the sound of Tau Cross are the rough vocals from Rob Miller and the harsh guitar sound from Jon Misery and Andy Lefton. Not to forget the rhythm section (Miller/Langevin) that plays very tight and creates a stable foundation for each of the twelve tunes.

The numbers on "Tau Cross" vary a lot. There are the riff rockers like"You people" next to melancholic tunes like "The devil knows his own" and the punk-based pieces such as "Prison".

All in all Tau Cross delivered a debut that is comes with excellent music, an artwork that enriches the positive impression and an energy that is just intoxicating. A cool album that I can recommed very much.





  1. Lazarus
  2. Fire in the sky
  3. Stonecracker
  4. Midsummer
  5. Hangman's hyll
  6. We control the fear
  7. You people
  8. Prison
  9. Sons of the soul
  10. The lie
  11. Our day
  12. The devil knows his own


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

CD review TAU CROSS "Tau Cross"

Live review VOIVOD, Utrecht, 22.05.2015

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Voivod, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Live Review, News

When Canadian thrash metal pioneers Voivod are coming close to your hometown it's almost a 'must' to go there, esp. since this doesn't happen too often. If I have it right in mind it was in 2012 when they played the last club tour in Europe followed by a few festival shows in 2013. This year they are back with a few gigs - festival and club performances.

On May 22 it was the Tivoli De Helling in Utrecht that hosted the 'cyperpunks' from Québec for one of those club show. 

The support for this night was Villainy from Weert, The Netherlands. Due to a flight delay (-thanks KLM-) I missed the guys. Fortunately I was right in time for the Canadian four-piece.

The venue was pretty crowded when the thrashers started. That was a good sign and led to Voivod having real fun playing their gig. It is the energy in such a small venue that makes the difference. The connection of band and fans is much more intense, esp. when frontmen like Snake are constantly in touch with the crowd. He is a real frontman and the fans valued this very much. The vibe was great and the metal dinosaurs started a prog/thrash metal firework that included all phases of the bands creative work.

Highlights from the past have been highly appreciated by the fans. Band classics such as "Chaosmönger" and "Psychic vacuum" made the crowd go wild. But also new material was played. "Mechanical mind" from the last masterpiece "Target earth" fitted seamless into the setlist with mainy older songs and also the new track "We are connected" could easily compete with the old stuff. Voivod created their own sound over all the years. You can identify the music of the four-piece immediately and it is this uniqueness that characterise the band. 

Good to see that Snake sometimes also shifted the focus towards the new band members. Rocky, who joined in 2014, is the newest family member and was put into the spotlight a couple of times. But also guitarist Chewy got his moments - all this with Piggy (RIP) being omnipresent during the night.

The band dedicated the last track "Astronomy domine" to the former guitarist and founding member. That Piggy isn't forgotten by the fans became obvious when a fan shouted "and RIP Piggy" after Snake introduced the band.

Having played the regular set Voivod came back for two extra songs. "Voivod" was a must as well as the mentioned Pink Floyd-cover "Astronomy domine" that put the bands name on a bigger map.

All in all it was a great show that the thrash legend performed in Utrecht. Voivod stands for raw musical energy, excellent songs and an authentic fan-oriented approach. Those guys 'just' love to be on stage and this ignites the spark also when it comes to their fans. Hope to see you soon again.


Location: Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: 22.05.2015


Voivod continues their tour and if you want to see the guys, what you should do, here are the dates:

2015.05.23 (Sat) – Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

2015.05.25 (Mon) – Casseopeia, Berlin, Germany.

2015.05.28 (Thu) – Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy.

2015.05.29 (Fri) – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain.

2015.05.30 (Sat) – Covent Garden, Éragny-sur-Oise (Paris), France.

2015.05.31 (Sun) – Temples Festival, Bristol UK

Live review VOIVOD, Utrecht, 22.05.2015
Live review VOIVOD, Utrecht, 22.05.2015
Live review VOIVOD, Utrecht, 22.05.2015
Live review VOIVOD, Utrecht, 22.05.2015
Live review VOIVOD, Utrecht, 22.05.2015

New track from VOIVOD

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2015 von Markus W. in Voivod, Thrash Metal, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, News, Video, At The Gates

Here comes a new track from Canadian thrashers Voivod. The songs called "We are connected " and will be released as split 7" together with At The Gates' "Language of the dead". The video you can check already.