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  • Audio CD
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000008M1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Masked Jackal on February 27, 2005
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***** - FIVE STARS


WOW. This completely blew me away....

I'm an 80's Metal freak, and have heard almost everything in Metal from Thrash / Death / Speed / Old-School. Nothing has touched me quite like this before though. It's genius....

It's sounds like Fusion Metal, but it's not. I don't know what it is, but I love it. It's got so much sound, and the emotions here are unlike any I've heard displayed by a Metal band. It's different that's for sure. It's certainly one of the most original releases I've ever heard, and I'm sure it wont be my only Voivod purchace....

It's funky, it's heavy, and it's very catchy / fun for the listener. No question a MASTERPIECE. If nothing else, you'll be very impressed in my opinion. This band was so far ahead of their time it's sickening....

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on December 6, 2004
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The year is 1989 and practically every Thrash Metal band is trying to release another 'heavy & aggressive' album to cash in on it while Canada's Voivod releases Nothingface. The album contains an excellent cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" and the video gets considerable rotation from MTV to introduce the new sound and direction of Voivod. This was the first album I bought of theirs and to this day I consider it a timeless classic regardless of any genre. What sets Nothingface away from any other release out there is that it is the very first record (along with Fates Warning's Perfect Symmetry) to truly bring the Rush influence into Progressive Metal in a way that was fresh. As Voivod's main goal was to be different than other bands, with each following release, they incorporated odd time signatures, key and tempo changes and futuristic lyrics in their songs. And, without doubt, Nothingface is their finest moment. It has already taken its place as a historic recording in the evolution of Progressive Metal.

The (timeless) music presented on this album sees the Canadian band largely exploring other areas and experimenting with a unique style of writing and performing. No longer a Thrash Metal act, guitarist Denis D'Amour and bassist Jean-Yves Theriault lay off a virtuosic overkill of riffs that are seamlessly blended and carried to a new musical platform. Denis Belanger's vocal melodicism is heavily stressed and perhaps his finest job to date. However, the drumming on the album has got to be the most brilliant aspect of the musicianship. His odd-metered approach gives the music a level of depth and credibility. Michel Langevin's performance on this disc (as well as other Voivod releases) is nothing short of amazing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PhiloNine on October 31, 2001
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An odd and strangely satisfying amalgam of Rush, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Metallica, my opinion of_Nothingface_ has not budged an inch since I first bought it over ten years ago - it is like no other metal album you will ever hear. Voivod were pounding out literate, hi-tech excursions into the beyond before Fear Factory ever got near a drum machine. _Nothingface_, like its more primal predecessor _Dimension Hatross_, is song cycle about the continuing adventures of everyone's favorite sentient subatomic particle - the VoiVod. Although decidely more polished and progressive than any previous Voivod release, you don't need your physics book though to groove to the eerie, pummeling take on "Astronomy Domine" - a song which, if I am to believe every on of my friends who have lent a brave ear to it, is quite possibly the mother of all Pink Floyd covers (with a killer video to boot). The opening track "The Unknown Knows", feeling very much like a musical rocket launch, prepares you for all that you are about to experience - constantly shifting dynamics, sudden tempo changes, epic and strange atonal riffs that seem like they are beamed straight from the heart of Planet Fripp - and ending most unexpectedly with a wink and a nudge and a gaily lilting accordion.
If the music weren't so friggin' fantastic I would dock a star for the lackluster re-issue by Noise/Combat, which has questionably ditched the artwork created by drummer Away for each of the songs, as well as the cryptic, circular lyrics, leaving you even more in the dark as to what the hell is going on. If you can locate the original (out of print) MCA release of this album you will be better off. Still, this was a stone-cold masterpiece then, and hasn't lost a bit of its luster since.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Ulrey on January 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
No one would ever have predicted back in 1984 that the band who stormed onto the scene with "War and Pain" would end up five years later dropping the twisted cybermetal of "Nothingface". Charting their musical progression through the median three albums, it seems obvious in retrospect, but despite the fully realized work that is "Dimension Hatross" it's "Nothingface" that is Voivod's true masterpiece.
"The Unknown Knows" and "Nothingface" jump out of the starting gates with a heavier direction than much of the album will maintain. Doubtless Voivod were breaking in fans of "Dimension Hatross" gently, as both songs follow in that general path. However, the third track, a cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine", fully introduces the zoned out, trance-like dirge that will permeate the rest of the album. Frankly, this is one of the best cover versions I've ever heard, despite being ultra-faithful to the original (a process I usually detest). The drums in particular are absolutely fantastic - we're not talking double kick drum rolls or any other form of technical virtuosity, but the soft/loud buildups and the way Michel Langevin works around the melody is awe inspiring and makes this an utter pleasure to listen to.
Of the remaining funereal "ballads", "Missing Sequences" and "Into My Hypercube" are both astounding, whereas standout rockers include "Pre-Ignition" and "X-Ray Mirror". The lyrics all consist of paranoid, futuristic Kafka-meets-Orwell parables about loss of identity and invasion of privacy. For the most part they're fairly impenetrable, but the band have helpfully (?) provided abstract, impressionistic computer art for each song.
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Pirate it for free? That's one reason why CDs are so expensive in the first place. C'mon, people. Put yourselves in the artists' shoes and start paying for your music. Amazon is not the only place to find this album.
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