VOIVOD

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Voivod are a progressive thrash metal band from Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada, with a very distinct sound. Formed by Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, Michel "Away" Langevin and Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault, the fledging group soon found the perfect singer in Denis "Snake" Belanger. A blend of thrash with some progressive rock thrown in, and lyrics leaning heavily on sci-fi imagery. One of the first Canadian punk and thrash bands to enjoy success outside of Canada, they released four albums in the mid '80s before being signed to a major label. War And Pain in 1984, Rrroooaaarrr! in 1986, Killing Technology in 1987, and Dimension Hatross in 1988. Their blend of thrash and progressive rock caught the ear of MCA Records, who signed them and released their next album, Nothingface in 1989. The video of their Pink Floyd cover, Astronomy Domine, got tons of MTV airplay. They would headline read more...
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VOIVOD albums / top albums

VOIVOD War And Pain album cover 3.35 | 30 ratings
War And Pain
Thrash Metal 1984
VOIVOD Rrröööaaarrr album cover 3.24 | 25 ratings
Rrröööaaarrr
Thrash Metal 1986
VOIVOD Killing Technology album cover 4.18 | 46 ratings
Killing Technology
Technical Thrash Metal 1987
VOIVOD Dimension Hatröss album cover 4.37 | 53 ratings
Dimension Hatröss
Technical Thrash Metal 1988
VOIVOD Nothingface album cover 4.10 | 63 ratings
Nothingface
Progressive Metal 1989
VOIVOD Angel Rat album cover 3.77 | 40 ratings
Angel Rat
Progressive Metal 1991
VOIVOD The Outer Limits album cover 4.20 | 39 ratings
The Outer Limits
Progressive Metal 1993
VOIVOD Negatron album cover 3.10 | 22 ratings
Negatron
Thrash Metal 1995
VOIVOD Phobos album cover 3.38 | 21 ratings
Phobos
Thrash Metal 1997
VOIVOD Voivod album cover 3.00 | 15 ratings
Voivod
Heavy Metal 2003
VOIVOD Katorz album cover 3.71 | 15 ratings
Katorz
Heavy Metal 2006
VOIVOD Infini album cover 3.15 | 19 ratings
Infini
Thrash Metal 2009
VOIVOD Target Earth album cover 3.99 | 27 ratings
Target Earth
Progressive Metal 2013
VOIVOD The Wake album cover 4.31 | 19 ratings
The Wake
Progressive Metal 2018
VOIVOD Synchro Anarchy album cover 3.83 | 17 ratings
Synchro Anarchy
Technical Thrash Metal 2022
VOIVOD Morgöth Tales album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Morgöth Tales
Technical Thrash Metal 2023

VOIVOD EPs & splits

VOIVOD Thrashing Rage album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Thrashing Rage
Thrash Metal 1986
VOIVOD Cockroaches album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Cockroaches
Technical Thrash Metal 1987
VOIVOD Live @ MusiquePlus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live @ MusiquePlus
Progressive Metal 2000
VOIVOD We Are Connected / Language of the Dead album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
We Are Connected / Language of the Dead
Progressive Metal 2015
VOIVOD Post Society album cover 3.85 | 11 ratings
Post Society
Progressive Metal 2016
VOIVOD The End of Dormancy album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
The End of Dormancy
Progressive Metal 2020
VOIVOD Ultraman album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ultraman
Progressive Metal 2022

VOIVOD live albums

VOIVOD Lives album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Lives
Thrash Metal 2000
VOIVOD Warriors of Ice album cover 3.15 | 5 ratings
Warriors of Ice
Thrash Metal 2011
VOIVOD Live at Roadburn 2011 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Roadburn 2011
Thrash Metal 2012
VOIVOD Lost Machine - Live album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Lost Machine - Live
Progressive Metal 2020

VOIVOD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

VOIVOD Anachronism album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Anachronism
Thrash Metal 1983
VOIVOD To the Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To the Death
Thrash Metal 1984
VOIVOD Morgöth Invasion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Morgöth Invasion
Thrash Metal 1984
VOIVOD Zeche Bochum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zeche Bochum
Thrash Metal 1986
VOIVOD No Speed Limit Weekend album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Speed Limit Weekend
Thrash Metal 1986
VOIVOD Dimension Hatröss Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dimension Hatröss Demos
Thrash Metal 1987
VOIVOD Live à Bruxelles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live à Bruxelles
Thrash Metal 1987
VOIVOD Spectrum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spectrum
Thrash Metal 1987
VOIVOD The Sounds Machine EP 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sounds Machine EP 2
Thrash Metal 1988
VOIVOD Nothingface Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nothingface Demos
Progressive Metal 1988
VOIVOD A Flawless Structure? album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
A Flawless Structure?
Thrash Metal 1988
VOIVOD From the Forthcoming Album Nothingface album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Forthcoming Album Nothingface
Progressive Metal 1989
VOIVOD Live at the Paradise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Paradise
Progressive Metal 1990
VOIVOD Angel Rat Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Rat Sampler
Progressive Metal 1991
VOIVOD Angel Rat Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Rat Demos
Progressive Metal 1991
VOIVOD Fix My Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fix My Heart
Progressive Metal 1993
VOIVOD The Lost Machine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Machine
Progressive Metal 1993
VOIVOD The Nile Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nile Song
Progressive Metal 1994
VOIVOD Negatron Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Negatron Demos
Thrash Metal 1994
VOIVOD Klubben Stockholm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Klubben Stockholm
Thrash Metal 1999
VOIVOD 2001 Album Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2001 Album Demo
Thrash Metal 2001
VOIVOD Katorz Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Katorz Demos
Heavy Metal 2004

VOIVOD re-issues & compilations

VOIVOD The Best of Voivod album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
The Best of Voivod
Thrash Metal 1992
VOIVOD Kronik album cover 2.31 | 5 ratings
Kronik
Thrash Metal 1998
VOIVOD To The Death 84 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To The Death 84
Thrash Metal 2011

VOIVOD singles (4)

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4.75 | 2 ratings
Nanoman
Thrash Metal 1996
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Gasmask Revival
Heavy Metal 2002
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0.00 | 0 ratings
We Carry On
Heavy Metal 2003
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Mechanical Mind
Progressive Metal 2012

VOIVOD movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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2.83 | 3 ratings
Voivod - D V O D 1
Thrash Metal 2005
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Tatsumaki: Voivod in Japan 2008
Thrash Metal 2009

VOIVOD Reviews

VOIVOD Angel Rat

Album · 1991 · Progressive Metal
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"Angel Rat" is the sixth full-length studio album by Canadian progressive metal act Voivod. The album was released through Mechanic/MCA Records in November 1991. It´s the successor to "Nothingface" from October 1989, which was the band´s most commercially successful release up until then (and still is). Although Voivod shot a promotional video for "Clouds in My House", "Angel Rat" did not receive the same amount of praise and wasn´t as commercially successful as "Nothingface". It was the last Voivod album to feature the original quartet lineup, as bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky) recorded his parts for "Angel Rat", but exited Voivod before the release of the album. Voivod brought in prolific producer Terry Brown (Rush, Queenrÿche...etc.), who is responsible for producing, mixing, and engineering "Angel Rat".

When "Panorama" kicks in just after the short intro track ("Shortwave Intro"), it´s immedately apparent that Voivod have changed a lot since "Nothingface". Although "Angel Rat" is certainly a well performed release, all the most odd dissonant chords and time-signature changes are gone and instead Voivod present the listener with a melodic heavy rock/metal style. It´s still unmistakably the sound of Voivod with Denis Bélanger´s distinct sounding punkish vocals in front, but "Angel Rat" is a decidedly more melodic and straight forward release than anything Voivod had released up until then. "Nothingface" featured melodic moments but those melodic moments were woven into an odd dissonant and rhythmically challenging sound, which ultimately sounds very little like the music featured on "Angel Rat". Denis D-Amour still produces some pretty unconventional sounding riffs, which provide the album with a lot of identity and his at times futuristic sounding lead work is also a great asset.

I´ll be honest here and say that my guess is that Voivod were trying to make a commercial release to see how far they could drive their career (which is of course fair and understandable). When you know what came after "Angel Rat" it´s obvious Voivod didn´t succeed and therefore returned to a less mainstream oriented style on the subsequent releases, and if "Angel Rat" was their attempt at achieving commercial success I´d say they miscalculated a few things. First of all very few of the tracks on "Angel Rat" are immediately catchy and memorable. Even after listening to the album many times over the years, there are still tracks on the album I can´t remember what sounds like before I listen to the album. That´s not a good condition if you want to sell albums. Secondly the sound production is a bit "off". It´s overall a decent quality sound production, but it´s like the instruments are a bit detached in the soundscape (especially the drums) and I have to say that I was surprised to learn that this is a Terry Brown production.

When that is said "Angel Rat" is still a good quality release and tracks like "Clouds in My House" and especially the brilliant "The Prow" can be viewed as highlights. Upon conclusion "Angel Rat" may be Voivod´s botched attempt at achieving commercial success but it´s also an interesting and unique album release in their discography. It suffers a bit from being bookended by two of Voivod´s strongest albums, but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

VOIVOD Nothingface

Album · 1989 · Progressive Metal
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"Nothingface" is the fifth full-length studio album by Canadian progressive metal act Voivod. The album was released through Mechanic/MCA Records in October 1989 (released through Noise Records in Europe). It´s the successor to "Dimension Hatröss" from June 1988. "Nothingface" is Voivod´s most commercially successful release and the promotional video which was shot for the cover of "Astronomy Domine" by Pink Floyd was aired on MTV´s Headbangers Ball and helped strengthen Voivod´s reputation and profile on the scene. It´s not like Voivod sold millions of albums and commercially successful should in this case be understood in the right context. But considering the type of music they play on "Nothingface", any kind of commercial success is a major achievement.

Stylistically the material on "Nothingface" is a strange, sci-fi themed, and darkly psychedelic tinged type of progressive metal, featuring odd abrupt rhythm work/time-signature changes, and dissonant riffs. Lead vocalist Denis Bélanger "Snake" sings more melodic on "Nothingface" than he has done on any of the previous releases, but his melody lines and the rhythm of this delivery are often weird and not particularly catchy. He sounds a lot like a punk singer who went through the wrong rehearsal room door but decided to stay and play with the technical metal/progressive metal band who happened to be playing there. So in many ways "Nothingface" is a fragmented and odd release, but that´s exactly why it´s so brilliant...

...it´s so unusual, creative, and unique that there really isn´t anything like it out there. Never before...and never since. Coming from the technical thrash metal/progressive metal of "Dimension Hatröss" the change of musical direction must have confused many of the band´s thrash metal fans, who were probably already a bit tired of the experimental songwriting on "Dimension Hatröss". "Nothingface" takes that approach and runs with it. Most thrash metal oriented riffs are gone from the music, and instead the use of twisted, dissonant, and unconventional riffs have increased. There´s also an almost uplifting funky groove to some tracks, which is something new too. Despite being a bit more melodic inclined release, "Nothingface" is by no means an easily accessible listen. It´s an aquired taste too and I´m sure that most people are left a bit baffled after their first listen. People´s reactions to listening to "Nothingface" can most likely be put in two catagories...those who found it an odd, inpenetrable, and uninviting listen and those who found it weird but were left with an urge to give it more spins because they heard something intriguing they felt was worth exploring more.

"Nothingface" features a powerful, organic, and detailed sound production which perfectly suits the material. The bass is quite prominent in the soundscape and provides the right amount of heaviness to the music, when the guitar often wanders off in more high end riff or lead part territories. The drums feature a powerful organic tone, and the vocals are placed just right in the mix.

Upon conclusion it´s almost impossible to describe what "Nothingface" sounds like on paper in a way that leaves the reader wiser or more informed after reading the review. It´s one of those releases which you have to give a listen yourself to be able to judge and evaluate. But to my ears (so here´s a pretty subjective opinion) "Nothingface" is the true definition of an artist being progressive. Voivod created something which didn´t exist before (not even in their own previous work) and they progressed a whole music genre in the process. So even if you aren´t able to appreciate the music and aren´t able to enjoy listening to it, there should still be points for creativity and uniqueness. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

VOIVOD Dimension Hatröss

Album · 1988 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Dimension Hatröss" is the fourth full-length studio album by Canadian, Quebec based progressive metal act Voivod. The album was released through Noise Records in June 1988. It´s the successor to "Killing Technology" from 1987. The original vinyl and cassette tape versions featured 8 tracks, while the CD version featured the short cover of the "Batman" theme song as bonus material.

"Killing Technology" (1987) saw Voivod exploring new progressive thrash metal territories, and the album features a more sophisticated and complex sound than the raw and intense thrash/speed metal albums which preceded it. "Dimension Hatröss" takes that new direction and runs with it. It´s a highly technically challenging release, featuring unconventional time-signatures, dissonant riffs, abrupt changes in pace and adventurous song structures. When that is said Voivod successfully maintain their raw authenticity and sometimes anarchistic punk/thrash approach. The music is so unique that it´s almost impossible to label right. Suffice to say it´s progressive metal of some sort.

Lead vocalist Denis "Snake" Bélanger has a distinct sounding voice and singing style, which isn´t exactly pretty and it´s not your typical raw staccato delivered thrash metal vocal style either. He is probably best described as a punk singer completely out of his turf, but he is quite the charming frontman and a major part of why "Dimension Hatröss" is as unique as it is. The sci-fi lyrics (which is a continued story from the preceding releases) and imagery of the preceding releases are continued on this album.

While every track on the album deserves to be mentioned as a highlight, "Tribal Convictions" is a song which deserves a mention as a standout track. Predominantly because it´s one of the most easily accessible tracks on "Dimension Hatröss" (...an by no means does it mean that it´s not a technical and challenging song), but also because Voivod opted to shoot a promotional video for that particular track, which helped them gain more attention. I always felt that the chorus to "Macrosolutions to Megaproblems" was quite catchy too, but again all songs are high quality material which strike the perfect balance between energetic and raw thrash/heavy metal and more technical and sophisticated progressive metal. In terms of understanding and discovering Voivod (if you haven´t listened to them before), "Dimension Hatröss" is probably the quintessential release by the band. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

VOIVOD Morgöth Tales

Album · 2023 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Morgöth Tales" is the sixteenth full-length studio album by Canadian, Québec based progressive metal/thrash metal act Voivod. The album was released through Century Media Records in July 2023. It´s the successor to "Synchro Anarchy" from February 2022. "Morgöth Tales" is not a studio album featuring new original material though. It´s instead a re-recording album featuring re-recordings of 9 tracks originally recorded and released between 1983-2003 plus one new original composition (titled "Morgöth Tales").

The current incarnation of Voivod have played together for the last 9 years (bassist Dominique "Rocky" Laroche being the last member to join in 2014), and the band have toured quite a lot in those years. They´ve obviously had a wish to show their fans how this version of the band interprete some of the band´s classic tracks, instead of just releasing another best-of compilation album (they´ve already been there and done that). This is also a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the band´s first demo "Anachronism" from June 1983.

The tracklist is presented in chronological order with the oldest tracks first. "Condemned to the Gallows" opens "Morgöth Tales". It´s a track which originally appeared on the January 1984 "To the Death!..." demo, and which subsequently also would appear on the "Metal Massacre V" various artists compilation (Metal Blade Records, 1984), which helped spread Voivod´s name. Along with "Thrashing Rage" from Voivod´s second album "Rrröööaaarrr" (Combat Records, March 1986) which follows as track number two on "Morgöth Tales", "Condemned to the Gallows" represents the early punk/hardcore influenced speed/thrash metal years of Voivod´s discography. Raw, savage, and aggressive. The re-recordings are of course a lot more polished and you can actually hear all details, which isn´t always possible on the raw early releases from Voivod, and personally I enjoy these re-recordings tremendously...but then again I was never much of a fan of the early Voivod releases, so fans of those releases may find these re-recordings a bit too polished and clean.

The title track from "Killing Technology" (Noise Records, April 1987) follows along with "Macrosolutions to Megaproblems" from "Dimension Hatröss" (Noise Records, June 1988), and both represent the technical/progressive thrash metal part of the band´s history. Both are great tracks, but I prefer the originals. Then comes "Pre-Ignition" from "Nothingface" (MCA Records, October 1989), with it´s almost avant-garde technical/progressive metal sound. "Nothingface" is such a weird and unique album, that not even Voivod have ever been able to make anything like it since. "Nuage Fractal" from "Angel Rat" (MCA Records, November 1991) and "Fix My Heart" from "The Outer Limits" (MCA Records, August 1993) represent Voivod´s psychadelic progressive metal phase and both re-recordings work well. "Rise" from "Phobos" (Hypnotic Records, August 1997) is the only track on "Morgöth Tales" from the Eric Forrest-led era of the band´s history, and the re-recorded version actually features both bass and vocals recorded by Forrest. It´s a decent re-recording but a bit redundant to my ears as the original was already a badass heavy and aggressive song. "Morgöth Tales" closes with "Rebel Robot" from the eponymously titled album (Chophouse Records, March 2003) and features Jason Newsted on bass, and the new original track titled "Morgöth Tales". The former is as faceless as the original from 2003 and the latter is a pretty good quality 2023 Voivod track, which pretty much sounds like the material from "Synchro Anarchy" (Century Media Records, February 2022).

Upon conclusion the idea to re-record some of the classics from Voivod´s back catalogue isn´t a bad one. Personally I prefer the originals (except for the re-recordings of the early tracks, which are pretty great) but these versions are generally both well performed and arranged too. I have a minor issue with the way the drums are produced as they sound a little thin and clicky, but that´s probably an aquired taste. Other than that "Morgöth Tales" is a good quality release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

VOIVOD Synchro Anarchy

Album · 2022 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Synchro Anarchy" is the 15th full-length studio album by Canadian progressive/thrash metal act Voivod. The album was released through Century Media Records in February 2022. It´s the successor to "The Wake" from 2018, although the two full-length studio albums are bridged by several minor releases (an EP and a couple of singles) and a live album ("Lost Machine - Live" from 2020).

"Synchro Anarchy" is a self-produced release and Voivod have managed to produce a well sounding album, featuring a both warm, heavy, and organic sounding production. It´s not terribly different sounding from "The Wake" (2018), and that can also be said about the compositions. Stylistically the material is psychedelic tinged, sci-fi themed, progressive metal with the occasional thrash metal and hardcore punk influence thrown in. So the atmosphere of the album is close to the psychedelic leaning early 90s Voivod releases, but with a slightly harder edged riff- and drum style and with less accessible melodies and more challenging song structures. Lead vocalist Denis "Snake" Bélanger sounds as unique as always and his voice and singing style is probably still an aquired taste. It doesn´t sound pretty, but it´s arguably an original and instantly recognisable vocal sound. The riffs are twisted, dissonant, and generally very creative.

Listening to a new Voivod release it always takes some time to get into the right mood and mindspace and truly listen and appreciate the brilliance of the weirdness. It´s like experiencing an acid trip with an alien friend. Things are distorted, dissonant, and twisted, but also warm, pleasant, and occasionally beautiful (in its own unique and spaced out way). No one sounds like Voivod, who are truly progressive and distinct sounding, but that of course always means that they are very much an aquired taste. They are generally well respected on the scene, but I can understand why some listeners don´t find their adventurous sound appealing (or simply find it inaccessible).

Quality wise "Synchro Anarchy" continues the high quality of "The Wake" and those who enjoyed that release, will find just as much to appreciate on "Synchro Anarchy". So upon conclusion Voivod have created yet another high quality release and the adventure just seems to continue...a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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