Nothingface (Voivod album)

Last updated on 15 July 2017
This article refers to the album by Voivod. For the alternative metal band, see Nothingface.
Voivod - Nothingface.jpg
Voivod - Nothingface.jpg

Nothingface is the fifth studio 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 music 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

Nothingface was Voivod's most successful album to date, and their only album to enter the Billboard 200 charts, where it peaked at number 114.[6] 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.[7]

Track listing

All music written by Denis D'Amour, Jean-Yves Thériault and Michel Langevin, all lyrics by Denis Bélanger, 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

Voivod
Production
  • Glen Robinson - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Benoit Lavallée, Rob Sutton - assistant engineers
  • Steve Sinclair - executive producer

References

  1. ^ "Voivod - Nothingface". Metal Archives. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 401. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  4. ^ Stratmann, Holger (1989). "Review Album: Voivod - Nothing Face". Rock Hard (in German). No. 35. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Voivod - Nothingface". Sputnikmusic. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Voivod
  7. ^ [...], 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.

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