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Canada thrash metal dinosaurs Voivod belong to the group of bands that had and have a significant impact on metal music. The band from Quebec created a sound that’s unique up to date. Even though their music shows different facets over time, each of the various periods had a typical Voivod signature that made the band recognizable and differentiated them from other metal bands.

Thanks to the ‘Noise lebt!’ relaunch campaign it’s the first milestones of this iconic band that have been re-vitalized. This excellently done package of Voivod classics includes the re-issue of three milestones in metal; capturing the period between 1986 and 1988.

The debut “War and Pain”, which is not part of this series, was published in 1984, an album that created already some excitement in the underground, leading to a contract with Noise Records and a first release for the new label.

“Rrröööaaarrr” is an album that’s as unusual as its title supposes. The sophomore longplayer of the four Canadians is a raw piece of music that includes an anarchical vibe that infectes each of the nine songs on the album. “Rrröööaaarrr” is a coarse disc that brings together some punk, thrash and metal – a sound that was new at the time. Already at this early stage of the band some progressive structures have been included in the tracks, however it is the raging chaos in their music which was the dominate factor. Tracks like “Korgüll the Exterminator” survived over all these years and are still a highlight in the bands live shows. Voivod's second longplayer strengthened their position in underground thrash metal and helped the band to also get more attention in Europe. The entire reissue version went through a remastering and is also available in a vinyl version.

What comes with this re-issue is a live recording that underlines the underground popularity at this moment in time. On a second CD the package includes a live recording from Montreal, a show that was captured in 1986 at Spectrum. What rounds off this fantastic re-release is a DVD that rehearsals and live footage of early shows of the band.

(8/10)

CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

After such a bold metal record Voivod unveiled one year later their third studio album “Killing Technology”. Voivod continued their journey through post-apocalyptic metal which means that the record includes again all the mentioned trademarks. However, “Killing Technology” has a bit more of a structured chaos, will say that the progressive parts of their wild thrash metal started to scratch the surface a bit more. Like with all Voivod releases it takes a while till the music reveals the full raging beauty. As with the predecessor also this longplayer includes nine songs that are framed by the classics “Killing Technology” and “Cockroaches.

In a consistent manner also this package includes a live show. Voivod returned to Spectrum in 1987 and the recording of this show is the special treat on this re-release. The DVD instead focuses more on shows in Europe with footage from Tuttlingen (Germany), Sargans (Switzerland),… while there’s also a special slideshow included on the DVD, covering live and studio photos plus artwork, which was always another important part of Voivod too.

(9/10)

CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

Having released three excellent longplayers made Voivod to far more than just a decent band. The guys had a constantly increasing fan base that was greedily looking forward to some new stuff. It was in June 1988 when the wait was over. “Dimension Hatröss” hit the shelfs and showcased the next level of evolvement. The album that was produced by Harris Johns tells the story of cyborg Korgull. The album is split into two sections – ‘Prologue’ and ‘Epilogue’. The four-piece band from Quebec focuses on eight songs with the “Batman” theme which was by the way only part of the CD. Songs like “Chaosmöngers" and “Brain Scan” are genius thrash metal anthems, each of them very welcomed as being part of a Voivod show.

And since you read the review up to this stage you can guess what’s part of this third re-issued album too. Indeed, it’s a live show that was recorded at Spectrum in Montreal – this time in 1988. As it’s with the other live recordings it’s a well-done capturing of a live show that shows the band on a first peak. The DVD, as the third disc in this very worthwhile set includes live shows filmed during Voivod’s US tour at the end of 1988.

These three album are milestones in metal that thanks to the revitalization of ‘Noise lebt!’ get into the record stores again – as CD and in vinyl. Voivod is more than just a band. It’s a passionate unit of artists that created a concept which includes music and art, all with a rebellious spirit, something made them unique and helped to avoid conformity. These guys, also at a later stage, developed a sound that’s still recognizable as being from Voivod and the three longplayers stand for avery strong foundation for all the achievements.

(9/10)

CD review VOIVOD “Rrröööaaarrr” / "Killing Technology" / “Dimension Hatröss” - reissues (Noise lebt!)

Tracklist “Rrröööaaarrr”

CD1

  1. Korgüll the Exterminator
  2. Fuck Off and Die
  3. Slaughter in a Grave
  4. Ripping Headaches
  5. Horror
  6. Thrashing Rage
  7. The Helldriver
  8. Build Your Weapons
  9. To the Death!

CD2

Spectrum ’86 – ‘No Speed Limit Week-End’; Live at Montreal, October ’86

  1. Korgüll the Exterminator
  2. Ripping Headaches
  3. Blower
  4. Fuck Off and Die
  5. Tornado
  6. Iron Gang
  7. War and Pain
  8. Warriors of Ice
  9. Nuclear War
  10. Overreaction
  11. The Helldriver
  12. Ravenous Medicine
  13. Voivod
  14. Thrashing Rage

DVD

Audio:

  1. Rrröööaaarrr Rough Mix Demo 1985
  2. Anachronism Live 25.06.86 (first show)
  3. Early Rehearsals 1983-1984
  4. Piggy Sound Collage 1980

Video:

  1. Live, NYC, N.Y., USA – 05/05/86; First U.S. Show
  2. Live, Long Beach, C.A., USA – 06/13/86
  3. Live, Jonquiere High School, QC, Canada, 12/20/84; Morgoth Invasion
  4. Live, Jonquiere Cultural Center QC, Canada, 01/27/84; To the Death!
  5. Slideshows: Artwork (1983 – 1986) + Live & Studio Photos (1985 – 1986)

 

 

Tracklist “Killing Technology”

CD1

  1. Killing Technology
  2. Overreaction
  3. Tornado
  4. Too Scared To Scream
  5. Forgotten In Space
  6. Ravenous Medicine
  7. Order of the Blackguards
  8. This Is Not an Exercise
  9. Cockroaches

CD2

Spectrum ’87 – Live In Montreal, September 1987

  1. Killing Technology
  2. Overreaction
  3. Ravenous Medicine
  4. Tornado
  5. Korgull the Exterminator
  6. Ripping Headaches
  7. Blower
  8. Live For Violence
  9. Tribal Convictions
  10. Order of the Blackguards
  11. Cockroaches
  12. To The Death
  13. Voivod
  14. Batman

DVD

Audio:

  1. Live At Kriekelaarzaal, Brussels, Belgium: 28/11/87

Video:

  1. Live At The Token Lounge, Westland, MI, USA: 14/05/87
  2. Live At Rossli Azmoosm, Sargans, Switzerland: 06/11/87
  3. Live At Festhalle, Tuttlingen, Germany: 07/11/87
  4. Live At Rex Club, Paris, France: 01/12/87
  5. Live At Ildiko’s, Toronto, ON, Canada: 19/09/87
  6. Slideshows: Artwork (1987) | Live & Studio Photos (1987)

 

 

Tracklist “Dimension Hatröss”

CD1

  1. Experiment
  2. Tribal Convictions
  3. Chaosmongers
  4. Technocratic Manipulators
  5. Macrosolutions to Megaproblems
  6. Brain Scan
  7. Psychic Vacuum
  8. Cosmic Drama
  9. Batman

CD2

Spectrum ’88 – ‘A Flawless Structure?’; Live in Montreal, December 21st 1988

  1. Overreaction
  2. Experiment
  3. Tribal Convictions
  4. Chaosmongers
  5. Ravenous Medicine
  6. Korgull the Exterminator
  7. Technocratic Manipulators
  8. Macrosolutions to Megaproblems
  9. War and Pain Medley
  10. Brain Scan
  11. Psychic Vacuum
  12. Order to the Black Guards
  13. Holiday in Cambodia
  14. Batman

DVD

Audio:

  1. Dimension Hatröss Demo 1987

Videos:

  1. Live At Blondies, Detroit, MI, USA : 18.11.88
  2. Live At the Axiom, Houston, Texas, USA : 10.12.88
  3. Live At Anthrax, Norwalk, CT, USA : 09.11.88
  4. Live At Fenders Ballroom, Long Beach, California, USA: 03.12.88
  5. Slideshows – Artwork | Live and Studio Photos (1988)

 

Label: BMG/Noise

Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

Tag(s) : #Voivod, #Noise lebt!, #CD Review, #News, #reissue, #Thrash Metal, #Punk, #Heavy Metal, #Prog Metal

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