|Voivod - 'Tatsumaki Japan 2008' DVD (MVD Visual)|
|Written by Darrel Sutton|
|Wednesday, 17 February 2010 11:47|
In my book there aren't many bands who can be described as truly iconic but Voivod are certainly one. From their inception in the early 80's these French Canadians have always had a sound, style and image that many have drawn inspiration from but no one has managed to match or even come close to.
When Piggy sadly passed away a few years ago music really did lose a true innovator. His guitar sound was unique and formed the basis of Voivod's music. To that end his successor Dan Mongrain, who makes his celluloid debut for them on this disc, deserves enormous credit for keeping the Piggy-ness in Voivod's sounds without blindly trying to imitate.
The bulk of the disc centres around a concert in Japan (not that the title gives it away) and really is top notch stuff, with a multiple camera setup and good old Dolby to give the music the blistering quality it deserves. Boasting tracks from their entire catalogue, it's hard to pick real stand-outs as there are no duffers. 'Ravenous Medicine', 'Nuclear War', 'Tribal Convictions and 'Tornado' should give you some idea of the quality on offer. Just think Greatest Hits Live.
There's also three songs from a Toronto gig in 2009 which is just as good, a great interview with Dave Grohl and a French faux documentary - 'Seeking Voivod' - which as a bit of a curio is ok but probably won't appeal to anyone other than completists. But all in all a very nicely put together disc which serves as a timely reminder of just how good Voivod were and indeed still are.