(8/10) What feels like something new isn't necessarily what it seems to be. Now, Vojd is definitely a new rock outfit with a line-up that's very well known. Vojd is no less than 1/2 of Swedish metal outfit Black Trip. The guys released two excellent records with songs very much inspired by the NWoBHM before a specific circumstance led to a change.
When drummer Jonas Wikstrand decided to leave Black Trip the thought came up that this might be a good moment for a fresh start. The idea became reality and Vojd is prepared to ship their debut to the record shops.
The quartet didn't merely change their name. The guys also made a shift when it comes to their music. Not that things are entirly different from what you know from Black Trip. It's more move towards classic rock and a wider range of sounds, which is the main difference with Black Trip.
"The Outer Ocean" includes excellent songs. "On an Endless Day of Everlasting Winter" definitely belongs to those. It's a rock song that reminds of bands like ZZ Top while the balladic "Dream Machine" emphasis the passion for blues even more. "Delusions in the Sky" is a typical vintage rocker a la Thin Lizzy and it's the moderate paced "To the Light" that ends a cool album, done by four talented musicians.
The Stockholm-based quartet added more variety and layers to their sound and going for a new moniker was a smart decision. However, if you where/are a fan of Black Trip you also should listen to Vojd. It's still great music, in this case with some new spices. Thumbs up.
- Break Out
- Delusion in the Sky
- Secular Wire
- The Outer Ocean
- Vindicated Blues
- On an Endless Day of Everlasting Winter
- Heavy Skies
- On the Run
- Dream Machine
- Walked Me Under
- To the Light
Label: High Roller Records
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date EU: February 23th, 2018