VOIVOD – Synchro Anarchy

VOIVOD - Synchro Anarchy album art
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Label: Century Media Records
Release date: February 11, 2022

User Review
7.5/10 (1 vote)

Progressive Sci-fi Metal

With over 40 years together as a band, Canadian Progressive Thrash masters Voivod are releasing their 15th studio album titled Syncro Anarchy. Credited with being one of the “big four” Canadian Thrash Metal bands alongside Sacrifice, Razor and Annihilator and were one of the first Thrash Metal bands from Canada to gain popularity outside of the country. Synchro Anarchy follows 2018’s highly praised and Juno Award winning The Wake album, as well as 2020’s stellar Lost Machine – Live release, delivering their own special brand of dissonant bliss on a razor’s edge. For the 2nd album in a row, VOIVOD is Denis “Snake” Belanger on vocals, Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain on guitar, Dominic “Rocky” Laroche playing bass, and as always Michel “Away” Langevin on the drums.

About the Album

VOIVOD – Synchro Anarchy was produced by Voivod and Francis Perron, who also recorded and did the mixing. The album was mastered by Maor Appelbaum, and the artwork was designed by drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, who has created the cover artwork for each of the band’s albums since their 1984 debut War and Pain. For a band that changes lineups like some change their shirt, Voivod has an incredible tightness to their sound, with a manic quality that lets you know right away that this is not your average Thrash Metal Band.

Final Notes

There is something so refreshing in the sounds on Synchro Anarchy, as the album acts as a palette cleanser. The lyrical themes run the gambit from Reagan-era Cold War politics, to post-apocalyptic literature and science fiction. The performances are top notch, the songs are edgy and strange, with little reverb except on the vocals giving everything a dream-like quality. Every song packs a punch from start to finish, never letting up to catch your breath. Synchro Anarchy highlights the maturity and highly polished sound of one of Canada’s national treasures. If you want something to break the monotony of predictable melodic metal, look no farther as VOIVOD – Synchro Anarchy has exactly what the Doctor ordered.

Voivod band photo


Michel “Away” Langevin – drums
Denis “Snake” Bélanger – vocals
Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain – guitar
Dominique “Rocky” Laroche – bass

Synchro Anarchy – Tracklist

01. Paranormalium
02. Synchro Anarchy
03. Planet Eaters
04. Mind Clock
05. Sleeves Off
06. Holographic Thinking
07. The World Today
08. Quest for Nothing
09. Memory Failure


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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