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Being quite rare and featuring no exclusive songs, this release is for collectors only, but the material featured here is really good - probably my favorite songs from Angel Rat on a single EP.
First we have two remixes of songs from the album, and by remix I mean alternative mixing, not some electronic stuff.
On Clouds in my House, the guitar is toned down a lot, almost muted during the verses, and there are some useless sound effects throughout the song and female backing vocals on the chorus - the more I listen to this version, the more I hate it. At first it sounded okay, but back to back with the album version? No, this is definitely awful and getting on my nerves.
On The Prow, the bass and vocals are a bit more upfront than the album version, with less effects on the later, and the guitars have a bit less delay and reverb too. Overall, the song feels livelier and a bit more dynamic than its album counterpart. Also worth noting is that the song does have a small intro instead of starting with the vocals immediately.
I think the band didn't approve of any of these two remixes, which is not surprising, but the remixed version of The Prow is still very good, mainly because of its straightforward nature compared to the overproduced Clouds… remix.
The two other songs are the same as on the Angel Rat album, thus being of a limited interest for anyone who owns it.
As for the music… well, it's Angel Rat. People seem to point at it as Voivod's "sellout" or "mainstream" album. While it's easy to think so because of the relatively mellow nature of the songs, I don't think it would really appeal to mainstream audiences. As I said in the beginning, I think these are probably my favorite songs from Angel Rat. Clouds in my House is quite spacey with a healthy dose of sound effects, The Prow is an atmospheric, somewhat guitar-driven song (or maybe it's just that I love the guitar part), Angel Rat is another spacey number, but with a darker feeling and a great vocal performance from snake, and the last track, Panorama, is a (relatively) fast-paced rocker, with a bit of a Motörhead feel to it and a catchy chorus.
If you're a huge Voivod fan and want to own every of their releases, then this one is a must-have, but otherwise, it's relatively worthless. Still, the two alternate mixes are definitely worth checking out, especially The Prow. I guess you could always find it in dark places of the internet…