Voivod (Chophouse/Surf Dog) Rating: NNN
The critical praise being heaped on Voivod for their self-titled comeback album is a surprised over-reaction from long-time supporters delighted that the album doesn't suck. Core members Snake, Piggy and Away are bolstered here by Metallica survivor Jason "Jasonic" Newsted, who helps Voivod rein in their tendency toward sprawling epics, keeping the hard-hammering tunes to a fat-free six minutes or less. It's not quite up to Nothingface standards, but at this point nothing embarrassing is an admirable achievement.
Voivod join Ozzy Osbourne at the Air Canada Centre June 11.