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Last Gig VOD@The Assembly, Cape Town
Miles Keylock Live in Cape Town During the past two years close on 200 South African “rock” bands released CDs. Pretty staggering figures when you pause to think about it. What is perhaps more astonishing, is that not even 10% of these bands are heavy metal bands. And...
Autumn Wilderness Tour Europe with In the Woods, Katatonia and Voice Of Destruction. The venue was minute ! Popular bands like Life Of Agony etc. have played there – unbelievable. We pulled another V.O.D Seated Gig, as the attendance wasn’t as hot as we’d hoped. There...
So...that's why there's only 2000 copies... - 30%
This very hard to find four song EP from Voice Of Destruction showcases some talent, but also presents a really poor execution. or in the case of the last track, “Jou Ma Se Poes”, a demo track. Given the band released only demos and was involved with a split release, one would imagine they would bring out some fresh material due to being on a bigger label, even if this was limited to 2,000 copies. But, instead, it looks like this was aimed at the die hard Voice Of Destruction fan.
“If I Had A Soul (Part 1)” is a well performed track, but definitely leaves a lot to be desired. The song goes from a slow pace to a faster pace right at the end, and then reverts to the ambiant noise that started the song. However, this songs winds up pale in comparison to “If I Had A Soul (Part II)”, which is the only really entertaining track on this release. While the flow of the music is similar to “If I Had A Soul (Part I)”, it’s not filled with ambiant noise that has no point of being there in the first place.
“Needledive” has some decent music, but really just sounds like the vocalist was singing into a microphone made of tin foil, as well as has a terrible production quality. The only other decent song on this release would be the demo track, “Jou Ma Se Poes”, which is the only fast cut off the EP. If the band were to stick to the kind of material as the last two songs, just witha better production element, the EP would have been rather entertaining. Instead, it’s rather boring, and only worth the time to find it for the collector’s value (if anyone even wants it), and one, possibly two songs, which you can probably obtain for a cheaper price on-line in some digital store.
Chronicles of Chaos.
This is the tenth anniversary re-release of Voice of Destruction’s debut and swansong _Bloedrivier_, originally released by German label Morbid Records and now re-released locally for the first time in their native South Africa. _Bloedrivier_ arrives with an obligatory new cover and a video for “Needledive”. The inlay states that this is Part I of the VoD archives, and in the absence of any other full-lengths, it seems that the demos will receive a re-release in the near future.
VoD were instrumental in the emergence of a metal scene in South Africa in the late Eighties and early Nineties. Much of the album’s material is derived from re-written and re-recorded demo songs, resulting in an album with some excellent moments, but also possessing its fair share of lacklustre songs.
The dominant sound appears to be doom-tinged heavy metal. Small surprise that the brief, noisy and hardcore influenced “JMSP” stands out like the proverbial sore thumb. It is the only song sung primarily in Afrikaans, but the repeated shouts of “jou ma se poes” (literally, “your mother’s cunt”) hardly endears me to this number. It may have worked well at the end of a live show and may even have been acceptable as a bonus number tacked at the end, but its location midway through the album disturbs the flow. As a break from the prevailing doom numbers, a couple of acoustic études are far more effective and maintain the requisite atmosphere. Another song resurrected from the demo days is “Goodbye”, which initially started life as “The Bye-Bye Song”. The new title is presumably an attempt to give it a more sombre makeover, but remains too upbeat for what is essentially a suicide note set to music. Not all the songs from the demo days are horrible or out of place; “Doom” has been recovered from instrumental status to a -proper- song with the addition of some lyrics. Alongside “A Beast Is Born” and “If I Had a Soul Pt III”, it deserves to be a part of metal classic canon from the southern tip of Africa.
VoD were a band that should have been but never were, a band that broke up before they had a chance of realising their full potential. Although the musical skills of their constituent members were not to be wasted (vocalist Francois Blom formed Kobus!, later joined by drummer Paul Blom, and released a stunning album earlier this year), another VoD album never came to be, and demos aside, this flawed album is a solitary testament to their legacy.