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4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic flight through space.
Sounded good on first listen. But after warming up to it more, it sounds even better. I like every song. Who knew they were sitting on such great material? Songs are catchy, strong, Voivodian. I like Katorz fine, but this is much better. Guitar tone is nice and sharp. Production is smooth, yet powerful.
Published on June 27, 2009 by kosis

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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing input from two key members
A loving farewell to (at the time recently) deceased founding guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour, this Glen 'Nothingface' Robinson produced album must be more properly treated as something like the Beatles Anthologies in order to be fully appreciated.

Like most posthumous albums, it becomes clear that some of the left-in choices are not necessarily the best. I'm...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic flight through space., June 27, 2009
This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
Sounded good on first listen. But after warming up to it more, it sounds even better. I like every song. Who knew they were sitting on such great material? Songs are catchy, strong, Voivodian. I like Katorz fine, but this is much better. Guitar tone is nice and sharp. Production is smooth, yet powerful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, sad, happy for a while, sad again, but ultimately happy, November 20, 2009
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The songs themselves are great, and this is the best Voivod effort of the 2000's. Angular, edgy, snarly, and spacey, all at once. Jasonic's bass is finally unleashed.

These are all happy things.

These are the last Voivod tracks with Piggy. They were pieced together from recordings that Piggy left behind, with the other band members recording them separately (none of the band was ever in the same room). The final days of a dying man, and his best friends' sadness, are captured in the music and the lyrics.

These are all sad things.

Whenever I listen to this, I oscillate between the happy and the sad. Mixed emotions, but not a mixed review: This one gets five stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine farewell to Piggy, September 14, 2009
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This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
I have maintained since I first heard the opening crashes of "Dimension: Hatross" that VoiVod were light years ahead of their time, primarily due to their futuristic image, Away's excellent artwork, and most of all, the sonic supernova that was the late Dennis D'Amour, aka Piggy, VoiVod's stellar guitarist.
So talented was Piggy's playing, mixing in the heaviness of thrash with advanced jazz chording, his secret weapon, that VoiVod played true industrial metal without samples, computers, or synthesizers, at least for the first several albums. Call it Terminator metal if you will. In a perfect world, VoiVod would be as huge as NIN instead of the beloved cult band they remain.
"Infini" was constructed around the last guitar licks Piggy stored on computer before his tragic death due to cancer. Being the troopers they are, the remaining members rallied and completed a fine farewell CD, probably the strongest since "The Outer Limits", an underrated masterwork if there ever was one. "God Phones" starts off with a bang. Piggy gives us some fine hooks this time around, better than the last CD "Katorz", not that there's anything wrong with that CD, either.
Jason Newsted, who was treated so miserably by Metallica, gets his due as he has since joining VoiVod three CDs ago. His prominent basslines propel the rhythm section and serve to show us that Hetfield and Co. were cutting off their noses to spite their spoiled faces.
The CD closer, "Volcano" is reminiscent of "Tornado" from the "Killing Technology" CD, showing a nod to their earlier ground breaking work.
The Vods are troopers, indeed. They are actually touring, and one hopes that perhaps a worthy guitarist will join up and allow these metal pioneers to keep exploring darkest space.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this release is heavy!, September 21, 2009
This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
Voivod sounds like they have done their homework. Jason Newstead ("Jasonic")plays the bass on this release. unlike Metallica, which gave his bass playing the cold shoulder, Voivod lets his bass playing shine. this release sounds heavy, and from what I was told, is their final one. it is too bad that Denis D'Amour ("Piggy") died, because he was very talented. Denis' guitar playing is very precise, which brings to mind the band Death, which also incorporated jazz into their metal as well.
this album is a fitting tribute to Piggy. RIP Piggy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piggy's farwell gift to us all!, August 7, 2009
This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
I remember reading that Piggy was ill sometime ago and then hearing that he had indeed passes away from cancer. My first thoughts were that that was to bad! After picked up Katorz thinking that this was indeed the last Voivod release, I was surprised to see this release come about? However after reading how it came about I was happy that it did and looked forward to checking it out.

Well after many spins, it's a much better release all around than Katorz was. Don't get me wrong, I liked Katorz for the most part, but it did take quite a few listens for me to finally warm up to it. Overall thought looking back, it was an average listen nothing more. This new release is very good, very good indeed. It's catchy, riffy, fast, slow and fantastic. Piggy if the guitar tracks were indeed taken from your computer and then put together by the rest of the band, my friend Jason and the boys did you justice and you would have been proud of the final outcome. This cd does indeed deliver the goods and it's a great farewell gift to your fans.

Thanks and R.I.P.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final Voivod album? Lets hope not., March 25, 2010
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This review is from: Infini [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
Inifini is a real grower. You all know the story behind the tracks, so what does it sound like? Well, it's rather long and gives us a little of everything you know and love about this band. Production is sharp and Piggy's guitar tone is present in spades. Infini is similar to Katorz, but stronger.
Infini would benefit from being edited down to a single album. There are a few tracks that tend to drag the album down. No clunker tracks, but a few too many fine-but-not-great tracks.
This record makes me excited to hear what comes next for this band, especially now that Blacky is back in the band. His blower bass has been absent for far too long.

Infini is pressed on some sweet grey wax (double lp with gatefold and download code). Let's hope they carry on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but a solid effort nonetheless., December 21, 2014
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This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
Voivod...still some of the best prog metal out there...though not their best work. I can't say that I was a huge fan of Newsted with Voivod and this album continues to prove that assessment. I preferred Blacky's more, in your face tone and mix on bass so it was tough to get used to not hearing more of that buzzsaw in the background. Still...it's a solid effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing input from two key members, May 13, 2014
This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
A loving farewell to (at the time recently) deceased founding guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour, this Glen 'Nothingface' Robinson produced album must be more properly treated as something like the Beatles Anthologies in order to be fully appreciated.

Like most posthumous albums, it becomes clear that some of the left-in choices are not necessarily the best. I'm not clear as to the extent that Blacky was involved, but this sounds to me like all the pop-attempts of the self-titled 'comeback' album, but without the pacing thereof. Perhaps Blacky could've helped with the arranging and production; in the 80's, he was sort of a Lennon to Piggy's McCartney. With Newsted involved, the band were doomed to sound like parodies of their former selves.

Thankfully, there are moments where Piggy's greatness brings the rest of the band up to its level (like in tracks such as 'God Phones' with its Motorhead break, and the fresh classic 'Treasure Chase', which more than make up for filler like 'Krap Radio'.

Thankfully, as a digital download, listeners can put out their own version of the album. A successful mix of the sound on this one with the aggressively progressive 2013 'Target Earth' would in my opinion be the definitive modern Voivod album; their next release, assuming a successful synthesis of the two polar sides of Voivod, will be the true breakthrough we've been waiting for for years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is!, March 8, 2013
This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
One of beloved guitarist's Denis "Piggy" D'amour's last requests before he keeled over from a lengthy battle with cancer in 2005 was for his band mates to go into his personal lap top and pull out all of the demo guitar tracks recorded by Piggy, and make a new album out of them. Anybody who is at all familiar with the way modern rock recordings work knows what an extremely difficult job that is, to write full songs -- not just bass and drum parts -- using only a hodgepodge of guitar licks and leads. And that is all before you factor in the level of personal emotion that comes with losing not only an original band member, but a close friend, as well. As such, for what it is, "Infini," which was supposed to be Canadian progressive thrash metallists Voivod's final album, is wildly successful. (They at least deserve credit for giving the job a valiant attempt!)

When compared with the best material in the band's lengthy back catalogue, though, "Infini" is only strictly decent. The thirteen songs that appear here are comprised of guitar parts that are exactly how Piggy recorded them. What this means is that the mistakes are left in -- there are no re-amplified parts, remastered parts, and absolutely no overdubs. As a result, the new material on this 2009 effort is thus very raw and rough around the edges. But that should in no way prevent any Voivod fans from purchasing this album. (If nothing else, do it at least as a way of remembering Piggy.)

There are very few guitar solos present, here, but that doesn't mean there aren't impressive guitar chops. True, a Motorhead influence is very strong throughout much of "Infini." It is particularly strong on the set opener, "God Phones," what with its blistering, thrashing tempo, crunchy, churning guitar and bass riffs, flinty vocals, and memorable chorus ("Came to see rock `n' roll/Came to steal your show!"). And the closing thrash-out, "Volcano," with its punk-y bass intro and speed metal pacing, sounds so similar to MH's "Ace Of Spades," that the listener almost expects frontman Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger) to start singing "If you like to gamble/I tell you I'm your man...".

But the more the record plays, the more it becomes apparent that Voivod are coming into their own, and sound like their own band -- and one that is about much more than mere Motorhead worship. "From The Cave" completes the album's potent opening 1-2 punch, with its fiery, thrashing groove. "Earthache," then, has so-so lyrics (an uninspired Belanger drones "Blah, blah, blah/That's all you say"); but they are offset by catchy choruses, and a hooky, bobbing, staccato main riff that is fattened up by a interesting, slapped bass part from Jason Newsted. The very progressive and slowly-burning mid-tempo grind of "A Room With A V.U.," the guitar solo in "Destroy After Reading," and "Treasure Chase," which features a catchy, chugging main guitar riff and some wild, shredding leads, are three of the other more notable moments. Others include the clangy, funky, grungy-sounding bass riff that backs "In Orbit"; and the strong, grumbling bass throb in "Morpheus," which another cool, mid-tempo piece.

True, "Infini" rarely strays from the simple, stripped-down approach to songwriting that the band has been opting for lately (the songs almost never emerge outside of the verse-chorus-verse structure). And plus, no matter how easy the band members made this seemingly impossibly hard job seem, one can't help but wonder what the record would have turned out like had it had some more studio polish to it. But even though it might not knock you on your butt like you're used to, it is still a strong album from a very consistent band, and one that is definitely deserving of your time and attention.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very strong final note?, June 29, 2009
This review is from: Infini (Audio CD)
Reported to possibly be the last album released under the Voivod moniker, Infini Clocks in at around an hours worth of music that is a great finish to the trifecta of albums that have been released with the Snake, Piggy, Jasonic, and Away line up. Despite his death and the files coming from a laptop digital recording, Denis D'amour's (Piggy's) tracks sound fresh and crisp and mixed in well with the music. Overall, strong tracks are God Phones, Global Warning, Krap Radio, and Deathproof. All of these take on subjects of religion, pop culture, and the envioronment, subjects voivod have not shyed away from in the past, and still do not today. Definately could fit in right thier catalogue after the nothingface album. A must have for a fan of voivod, and a good introduction for those not familiar.
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