The material on the 9 track, minutes long album is rather one-dimensional but not without memorable hooks and loads of raw charm. Check out those metalitia lyrics of War and Pain!
In the smoke of the combat, The bombs fall by your side, No gods give you the guts, You see the fire in the sky, Let me free, let me run, I put the powder in my gun, I.
If you want great prog style Voi Vod you are better off to move to later entries such as 'Nothingface' or 'The Outer Limits'. The debut is not very prog and is really just a noise - It may plaster you to the wall, but then again so would a jackhammer. This album is only for collectors so tread carefully among the hallowed ruins of the 80s metallution, for among the greatness there was so much mediocrity. I'll bring up the good stuff right away. Denis was already on his way to being an unheralded guitar hero at this point.
Yes, the music here is straightforward, but you can sense the space rock appreciation hidden inside Denis aka 'Piggy' at this point of time'as dark and threatening a one word moniker as I've ever heard yearning to burst forth in all its non- thrashy glory, particularly in the guitar solos, which range from bluesy to psychedelic' especially considering his generous use of the digital delay pedal.
I've heard complaints that the recording would have been considerably improved by having a rhythm and separate lead guitar tracks to give the album a fuller sound, but personally I enjoy listening to Piggy sweat it out by having to bust out some quick solos while filling out the rhythm section along with the bass player. The album sounds rawer and somewhat more bare- bones than a number of the emerging big names in the developing thrash scene, but its frantic approach and stronger influences derived from punk and a bit of acid rock gave the album a unique sound for its time.
Granted, singer 'Snake' utilizes a vocal approach that conjures an impression that he's attempting to squeeze out a spherical poop the size of a cantaloupe from betwixt his buttocks cheeks, and I'm thinking the band probably blushes a bit concerning their lyrics back in the day, considering two of the songs are entitled 'Suck Your Bone' and 'Blower' respectively, but it's the energy that matters here.
As for prog'you won't find much, although there are traces to be found here and there, particularly within the last two tracks. The playing is generally sloppy, but the youthful enthusiasm sort of makes up for it in this case'not so on their next album, which was a regression of sorts into a more primitive sound, if you can imagine that after hearing this album.
Finally, 'Iron Gang' is a scorcher. Fast as hell, hilarious singing and lyrics and a busy rhythm section with Piggy punctuating riff changes with quick bluesy licks, I consider this, as well as much of the rest of this debut, to be a noisy but reasonably decent adventure away from the more classically inclined musical avenues.
As so many other great bands do, Voivod developed their sound a lot as they matured. The end of the 80's would see this Quebecois act do some incredible things and virtually reinvent the genre of thrash metal.
Early on though, these experimentations were much less pronounced. While lacking the innovation that made their later work so great, Voivod's debut is still a classic for its style, and a very fun listen at that. Although this is Voivod at a much more primitive level, the band's trademarks are still here to some extent.
Most notable is Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour's distinctive guitar work. Especially on the album's last track 'Nuclear War', Piggy wails away with the guitar, creating psychedelic soundscapes with feedback.
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From the mainstream to the most obscure and from glam to death metal. The guitar solo is one of the best ones on the whole album and on the mentioned compilation and shows us already the extraordinary talent of guitar player Piggy. Every song on this album contributes to a unique and very interesting sound and a very dark and desperate atmosphere. The band already shows his huge talent on this first album. From the short and intense "Blower" to the more developed, epic and very atmospheric band hit "Nuclear war", this band offers a lot of diversity without losing its straightness.
Sure, there are a few little fillers towards the end of the album and the musicians are not yet that diversified and open-minded as they were on the future records, but this debut album already announced what the band was able to achieve later on. And though the style of this album is very straight and there are not as many things to discover as on the future albums of the band, this one really grows more and more on you.
Seriously, this is one of the best debut albums in metal history and in the same time the birth of a unique band in regard to which we haven't seen anything comparable in 40 years of metal history. The Quebec act with the coolest name that had every non-historian head-scratching is an aural portrait of progression, like the Neanderthal to the cultured, like Korgull the Exterminator evolving with each album cover, and with this nine-tracker you will witness one of the basest, most primal cavalcades that has yet to stand upright and recognize its thumb.
Taking punk influences like Discharge and Conflict, the raw no bullshit attitude of Motorhead, and then basically crushing them on rocks of twisted, almost freeform thrash, Voivod did what N.
In fact, this cataclysmic event of an album is often unsung as a thrash champion how many lists has it been left off? Drummer Away, the creative iceberg behind the cover concepts that he renders himself as well as their lyrical ventures, is otherworldly in his mechanics to this day.
Blacky, well…plays blower bass. A great track. A perpetual, foot in step beat marches beneath a peculiar plucky rhythm.
But you know something? Damned if it doesn't have lots of character and twisted charm, as well as flat out, full-on aggressive energy to spare. The album's production is utterly appropriate for this with its raw and dirty ambience and featuring easily the filthiest fuzz bass ever recorded--sounds like piles of black earth pouring out of your speakers!
Snake's vocals are radically different on this album, his whiny shrieks adding a distinctive flavor that was and still unique if not slightly offputting. Their broken English lyrics they hail from a French-speaking part of Canada were pretty amusing as well, to say the least.
The music is furious and straightforward as it gets, simple and direct with crashing riffs and screaming bluesy soloing a la Fast Eddie Clarke, and surprisingly tight all things considered. Away's drumming is what you call D-beat to the max with occasional double bass pounding breaking up the galloping thrash beats.
Cos anything even vaguely melodic or musically able ain't gonna be found anywhere on this album! Hamfisted delivery, subtlety out the window from the git-go, and dammit, I like it anyway.
Hard to believe that they got so good so fast! From album opener "Voivod" you can tell this album's going to Thrash like mad. But of course this album is far from without flaws. While the riffs are pretty solid and Dennis' guitar tone is pretty sharp, horrible production and a lack of a second guitarist really bring things down.
Don't get me wrong, I like my production raw and it's nice to have space for some bass but there's a thin line between edgy-no-frills Metal and just plain shitty production. On another note, Denis Belanger's vocals are pretty weak on this record and are actually pretty fucking annoying.
But if you can ignore these shortcomings, you've got yourself an album! The aformentioned "Voivod" gives the album a fast paced start which leads into the mid tempo classic, "Warriors Of Ice"!
Then the best song on this album The riffs on this one are similar to something you'd here on Motorhead's "Overkill".
The title track just kicks ass. The slow, dark, macabre feel accents the lyrics well. The lead is worth a good listen too. Things speed up for the frenzied but incredibly odd "Blower". The good shit doesen't stop with "Black City", either. All in all the album is definatly worth a shot. However, the grating off-key vocals, the horrid production and the lack of a second guitarist will put some mainly Power, Traditional and Folk fans off.
The lyrics are also pretty fucked just look up the lyrics to "Blower" for proof and are nearly an antipode of what's to come. Now to describe each individual instrument: Vocals: Horrible. Just horrible.
It'll take Snake a few years to develop his singing. Guitar: Not bad at all! Piggy Thrashes like mad on most tracks and dishes out some awesome solos. His style will remind you of Motorhead and Venom. What's really awesome is that Piggy will only continue to get better as time progresses. Bass: If their's one advantage of having only one guitarist in a Speed Metal band, it's that it leaves space of some great bass notes.
Blacky often carries the intensity during Piggy's leads. Drums: Away does his job well and can keeps the pace during the faster songs. Good but nothing jaw dropping. If you like Venom, you might like this. Pity about the production, though.
This recent rash of negative Voivod reviews has inspired me to contribute a few of my own! Don't get me wrong I love Voivod, in particular everything from Hatross to present day.
Angel Rat and Voivod are off kilter and infectious hard rock albums rife with excellent songwriting. War and Pain is only 4 years removed from Dimension Hatross and light years removed in style Picture Voivod as a sloppy thrash band with annoying vocals and ridiculous lyrics.
Throw in a buzzsaw guitar and half assed production. This is War and Pain. Some of these riffs are so Especially when you consider these same 4 individuals sat down and produced Nothingface a fucking masterpiece!.May 30, · Live For Violence by Voivod Track 07 From Their First Album, War And Pain () Armed with a knife in hand This is my law Flowing blood on .