Review by William Wheaton
This album actually came out last year, but Children of Technology are currently on- tour in Europe still promoting it, so it is still a viably current topic. When I was living in Las Vegas last fall, this guy was hanging out with my neighbors had on a t-shirt I misidentified as a Voivod t-shirt and was corrected that it was actually a t-shirt for the more recent but strongly Voivod-influenced Children of Technology from Italy. Indeed, Children of Technology are very similar to the early years of Voivod, except that they incorporate female vocals. That’s something the original Voivod line up never did. Then again, a very similar band of the same era, Celtic Frost, did incorporate female vocals.
In general I like the early years of extreme metal in the 80’s, the beginnings of black metal/thrash metal/death metal whatever you want to call it back then. Children of Technology’s lyrical fixation with life after nuclear war is straight out of early Voivod. Children of Technology even have a song called “Nuclear Armed Dogs”. Children of Technology The 80’s was a glorious time when metal bands were grabbing aspects of punk and in the case of Celtic Frost from goth and re-incorporating into structures as intricate as they were aggressive. It’s not that bands of this period were flawless Voivod ended up breaking their streak by putting out the Angel Rat album that out of nowhere sounded somewhat like Rush which alienated their hard metal fan base. Celtic Frost did almost the same thing with an album called Cold Lake when they seemingly tried to adapt themselves to LA hair metal. However, in looking back to the early years of bands like Voivod and Celtic Frost, Children of Technology really picked the right albums to be into. Reading any of the interviews with Children of Technology is a pleasure because they have an encyclopedic knowledge of 80’s metal and punk bands.
The question that all that leaves is “what can Children of Technology do to take that music forward?” They’ve only existed for three years, so they might be able to come up with something. If they don’t, they can remain purists to the early extreme metal of Celtic Frost, Voivod and so on from the 1980’s. If that ends up being how it plays out that would still be better then a whole lot of bands.
I guess it’s worth noting that Children of Technology’s music is released by the on-line metal store www.metalhit.com that put out the absolutely essential Metalhit Free Download Series in late 2010-early 2011. Those little free Mp3 collections are the best musical release I’ve heard in the last few years, unless you count the unofficial release of Phillip Garrido’s music on YouTube. Children of Technology didn’t make the cut for the Metalhit Free Download Series, but they make it onto the Metalhit store. That band Goatpenis they just had me review on here is also on Metalhit. I don ‘t know if they did or ever will, but those little free sampler Mp3 albums that Metalhit put out should have changed music forever. However, from what I’ve heard, Metalhit seems to have really put their best foot forward with those. That’s a very good gauge of how good of a band Children of Technology are- they’re good enough to be carried by the Metalhit store, but didn’t make the cut for the best of type collection-about the same quality as Goatpenis.
As I’m thinking of it, if I had to put together a list of best albums ever made I think that Voivod album War and Pain probably would be right up damn close to number one. A couple of the Metalhit Free Download Series albums would probably up pretty high.