Nothingface (Voivod album)

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This article refers to the album by Voivod. For the band, see Nothingface.
Nothingface
Studio album by Voivod
Released October 13, 1989 (1989-10-13)[1]
Recorded 1989 at Victor Studio, Montreal
Genre Progressive metal
Length 44:27
Label Mechanic, MCA
Producer Glen Robinson
Voivod chronology
Dimension Hatröss
(1988)
Nothingface
(1989)
Angel Rat
(1991)

Nothingface is the fifth album by Canadian metal band Voivod. It was released by Mechanic/MCA Records on October 13, 1989. The album marked a change for the band, expanding their sound and exploring more progressive sounds. Several riffs are heavily influenced by Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", specifically the center section of "Pre-Ignition".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rock Hard (de) 9.5/10[2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Nothingface was Voivod's most successful album to date, and their first album to enter the Billboard 200 charts, where it peaked at number 114.[4] The album's third track, "Astronomy Domine", which is a cover of Pink Floyd, was made as a music video and received airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.

In 2005, Nothingface was ranked number 350 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Voivod except "Astronomy Domine", written by Syd Barrett.

No. Title Length
1. "The Unknown Knows"   5:55
2. "Nothingface"   4:14
3. "Astronomy Domine" (Pink Floyd cover) 5:30
4. "Missing Sequences"   5:49
5. "X-Ray Mirror"   4:28
6. "Inner Combustion"   3:48
7. "Pre-Ignition"   5:11
8. "Into My Hypercube"   5:03
9. "Sub-Effect"   4:29


Note: Two versions of this album exist. The original version combined an intro track and "The Unknown Knows" into one track. On the other version, both tracks were separated, with the intro track being the first track, which is followed by "The Unknown Knows".

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voivod - Nothingface". Metal Archives. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  2. ^ Stratmann, Holger. "Rock Hard review". issue 35. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Voivod
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 70. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.