Novadriver

Void

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Novadriver's space metal rockets out of Detroit to take you on a warped, interstellar trip "across the universe at the speed of light, alright, alright!" ("End of the Universe"). On Void, Mark Miers' real-deal rock vocals have a slight electronic fuzz, like they've been beamed in from somewhere out there. Blasting from behind are Billy Reedy's Black Sabbath, psychedelic power chords; Jim Anders' nuclear bass riffs; and Eric Miller's smash and bang drums. "Satellite Night" begins like the landing of some giant warship about to impose a close encounter on the Earth. "Sleep" burns the whole thing down with a slow-groove, psychic/psychotic trip that would fit well alongside the Queens of the Stone Age. The title track takes some of the best heavy metal vocals to infinity and back. Novadriver finishes the album with an amazing, big, drugged-out cover of Aerosmith's "Seasons of Wither." This album evokes the heaviness of early '70s metal, when the world was truly rocked by the music. Novadriver makes the wall of riffage leading into guitar deity solos and insanely on the edge drums sound totally new again. On "Particle Explosion," Miers welcomes the listeners to "the ending of all time." Void just might be another big bang.

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