The Wake (Voivod album)

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The Wake
The cover for Voivod’s fourteenth studio album, The Wake.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 2018
StudioRadicArt Recording Studio[1]
GenreThrash metal,[2] progressive metal[3]
Length56:01
LabelCentury Media
ProducerFrancis Perron
Voivod chronology
Post Society
(2016)
The Wake
(2018)
Singles from The Wake
  1. "Obsolete Beings"
    Released: July 20, 2018[4]
  2. "Always Moving"
    Released: August 31, 2018[5]
  3. "Iconspiracy"
    Released: September 14, 2018[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
Louder Sound4.5/5 stars[8]
Metal Injection8/10[9]
PopMatters8/10 stars[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
Metal Storm8/10 stars[12]

The Wake is the fourteenth studio album, and eighteenth release overall, by Canadian heavy metal band Voivod. The album was released on September 21, 2018[13] through Century Media Records.

The artwork was done by drummer Michel "Away" Langevin.[14] It is also a concept album,[7] and the first Voivod studio album to feature bassist Dominique "Rocky" Laroche, who replaced Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault in 2014.[15] It was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada.[16]

Background[edit]

In an interview with Metal Hammer about the musical style of the album, Langevin said:

"The music is like a futuristic prog thrash metal trek with many twists and turns. The story involves the usual Voivodian topics: disasters, chaos, conflicts, strange plots and alternate consciousness."[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Consequence of Sound Top 25 Metal/Hard Rock Album of 2018
8
Decibel Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2018
13
PopMatters Top 10 Progressive Rock/Metal Albums of 2018
10
Rolling Stone 20 Best Metal Albums of 2018
8
Sputnikmusic Top 50 Albums of 2018
49

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Obsolete Beings"5:35
2."The End of Dormancy"7:42
3."Orb Confusion"6:00
4."Iconspiracy"5:16
5."Spherical Perspective"7:41
6."Event Horizon"6:11
7."Always Moving"5:12
8."Sonic Mycelium"12:24
Total length:56:01

Deluxe Edition bonus disc

No.TitleLength
1."Inner Combustion"4:23
2."Order of the Blackguards"5:03
3."Psychic Vaccuum"4:17
4."Lost Machine"6:01
5."Fall"6:38
6."Voivod"6:27

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 94
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 26
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[25] 32
Scottish Albums (OCC)[26] 87
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 51

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2019 Juno Award Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year The Wake Winner [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voivod: 'The Wake' Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  2. ^ "Voivod :: THE WAKE". Metal Hammer (German).
  3. ^ "VOIVOD's New Song "Iconspiracy" Features A Trippy Animated Music Video".
  4. ^ "VOIVOD Drops New Song "Obsolete Beings," Announces Album And 7"". metalinjection.net. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ "Voivod releases music video for new song "Always Moving"". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  6. ^ "VOIVOD Releases Music Video For New Single "Iconspiracy"". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  7. ^ a b "The Wake - Voivod - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Voivod – The Wake album review".
  9. ^ "Album Review: VOIVOD The Wake". 20 September 2018.
  10. ^ "'The Wake' Proves Voivod Can Still Pack an Animalistic Intellectual Punch". 18 September 2018.
  11. ^ Shteamer, Hank (19 September 2018). "Review: Voivod Recapture Their Proggy Eighties Glory on 'The Wake'".
  12. ^ "Voivod - The Wake review". 3 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Voivod Announce New Album The Wake". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  14. ^ "VOIVOD Details New Album The Wake Out This September". metalinjection.net. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  15. ^ "VOIVOD Recruits Bassist DOMINIC 'ROCKY' LAROCHE Following Split With BLACKY; Video Of First Performance". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  16. ^ "Century Media Records - Voivod: : "The Wake" album details and release date announced!". centurymedia.com. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  17. ^ "Voivod detail new album The Wake". Louder. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  18. ^ "Top 25 Metal + Hard Rock Albums of 2018". Consequence of Sound. December 6, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Mudrian, Albert. "SPOILER: Here Are Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2018". Decibel. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  20. ^ Blum, Jordan (November 29, 2018). "The Best Progressive Rock/Metal of 2018". PopMatters. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  21. ^ Exposito, Suzy (December 12, 2018). "20 Best Metal Albums of 2018". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  22. ^ Spencer, Trey (December 19, 2018). "Sputnikmusic's Top 50 of 2018". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Voivod – The Wake" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  24. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Voivod – The Wake" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2018. 39. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  26. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Voivod – The Wake". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  28. ^ "Printer-Friendly Nominees & Winners". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 2019-03-12.