Angel Rat

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Angel Rat
Angel Rat Voivod.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1991
Recorded1990–1991
StudioMetalworks Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genre
Length44:00
LabelMechanic/MCA
ProducerTerry Brown, Steve Sinclair
Voivod chronology
Nothingface
(1989)
Angel Rat
(1991)
The Best of Voivod
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[3]
Rock Hard9.0/10[4]
Select3/5[5]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[6]

Angel Rat is the sixth studio album released by the Canadian heavy metal band Voivod. Produced by Terry Brown of Rush fame, it was released in 1991 by Mechanic/MCA Records and is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed release, 1989's Nothingface. On this album, Voivod adopts a more alternative/progressive/psychedelic rock sound, as opposed to the progressive metal of Nothingface and the thrash metal of previous releases. A music video was made for the song "Clouds in My House".

While Angel Rat was released on a major record label, the album initially received mixed reviews and was not as successful as Nothingface, though it has gained a strong cult following in recent times.[citation needed] Before the release of the album, bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky) departed from the group, but rejoined in 2008 (later to leave again in 2014).

Men Without Hats bandleader Ivan Doroschuk performs keyboards on track 9, "The Outcast". This was done in return for drummer Michel Langevin recording the drums for Men Without Hats' album Sideways, recorded around the same time, and participating in the tour to promote that album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Voivod

No.TitleLength
1."Shortwave Intro"0:25
2."Panorama"3:13
3."Clouds in My House"4:48
4."The Prow"3:50
5."Best Regards"3:51
6."Twin Dummy"3:05
7."Angel Rat"3:47
8."Golem"4:46
9."The Outcast"3:18
10."Nuage Fractal"4:00
11."Freedoom"4:42
12."None of the Above"4:15

Personnel[edit]

Voivod
Additional musicians
  • Ray Coburn – keyboards
  • Ivan Doroschuk – additional keyboards on track 9
Production
  • Terry Brown – producer, engineer, mixing
  • John Bailey, L. Stu Young – assistant engineers
  • Pierre Jasmin – computer programming
  • Kiisti Matsuo – lyrical consultant
  • Steve Sinclair – executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christe, Ian (2004). "Transforming the 1990s: The Black Album & Beyond". Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. !t Books. New York City: HarperCollins. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-380-81127-4.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Voivod – Angel Rat review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 490. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  4. ^ Stratmann, Holger (1991). "Review Dynamit: Voivod - Angelrat". Rock Hard (in German). No. 55. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  5. ^ Morrison, Dave (December 1991). "Voivod – Angel Rat". Select.
  6. ^ "Voivod – Angel Rat". Sputnikmusic. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 2017-07-17.