One of the most influential bands in the progressive metal scene is without a doubt, Canadian Voivod. During their 35th Anniversary tour they finally made it to the city of Porto for an unforgettable gig.
Supporting Voivod came Nightrage, a melodic death metal group originally from Greece, but is now located in Sweden. With a friendly and well-humoured attitude, Nightrage began their concert for a modestly filled venue. As Ronnie Nyman & Cº were spreading their melodic death metal songs throughout the Sala 2 of Porto’s Hard Club, people were still filling the room. The concert started with “Being Nothing” followed by “In Abhorrence”. The audience’s response was lukewarm, but after some encouragement from frontman Ronnie, things started to heat up a bit and there was more movement as the band progressed with songs like “Scathing” or “The Venomous.” The delivery of the band to their performance was noticeable and no one could argue that the band did not give everything that had on stage. The setlist focused mostly in their latest studio album “The Venomous” but there was time to present the fans with some classic tracks from the band’s discography, rescuing albums like “A New Disease Is Born”, “Descent Into Chaos, “and” Insidious. “
In the end, the band received a strong applause, feeling that they conquered the public.
So after some time, came this one band, celebrating their 35th anniversary. Even if you are not a fan of Voivod, it is almost blasphemous to deny the unquestionable influence they had on countless newborn bands throughout the 1980s and 90s.
So five days after officially releasing their new album “The Wake”, Snake, Chewy, Away and Rocky showed that Rock ‘n Roll can still be fun. Beginning with songs like “Post Society” and the classic “Ravenous Medicine”, the band quickly captivated the audience with pretty much no effort. Always in his relaxed style, Snake introduced the first single “Obsolete Beings” from the new album to the delight of many. In this particular song, Chewy was flawless, specially during the magnificent guitar solo featured in that song. For over one hour, Voivod paraded a selection of classics mixed with songs from the latest album, always receiving very enthusiastic ovations at the end of each one. “Iconspiracy”, “Always Moving” or “The Lost Machine” just kept everyone going in a frantic moshpit. Finally, with the timeless “Voivod”, the Canadian veterans left the stage under a tremendous round of applause, only to return a few seconds later to perform “Overreaction” as an encore.
In this gig, everything happened! Always interacting with the fans, these fellas performed beautifully and showed how it is done!
Text & Photos: Filipe Gomes
Managing editor: Rita Limede
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