lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016

Voivod Metalgrafia (Essential Albums)

Denis Bélanger (Snake) Vocals
Denis D'Amour (Piggy) Guitars (R.I.P. 2005)
Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky) Bass
Michel Langevin (Away) Drums
Voivod started in 1981, when guitarist Denis D'Amour (Piggy) had been searching for several musicians to start a band with until he found Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky), who agreed to play bass in his band. However, Blacky did not know how to play bass at the time, but Piggy was musically adept so he took Blacky under his wing. Blacky later hired Michel Langevin (Away), who had been a friend from high school, as their drummer, and the trio joined forces to harvest their own brand of noise. Unfortunately, the project did not last, because "everything went wrong because nobody could play," according to Away. "Piggy was the only true musician."

Blacky and Away needed time to develop their skills, so as a result the band split up for a one-year period. After reforming in November 1982, Voivod officially became Voivod after they hiredDenis Bélanger (Snake) as their singer in January 1983. The completed lineup played their first show on June 25, 1983, and played cover versions of Judas Priest, Motörhead and Venom songs, as well as their own material. This gig was also recorded on their first demo 'Anachronism', which credited the band members as Snake - "throat, scream, insults, mike torture & weapon operator", Piggy - "burning metal-axe, electro- motive force & tremolition", Blacky - "blower bass, pyromania and shit" and Away "thunder and death machine, horror and visions".

After recording a series of demos, Voivod was discovered by Metal Blade Records owner Brian Slagel. The band agreed to record their song "Condemned to the Gallows" for his Metal Massacre V compilation, and Slagel offered the band a recording contract with his label. In 1984, Voivod entered the studio to record its debut studio album, resulting in War and Pain, which arrived in the summer of that year.

Rrröööaaarrr, recorded at L'Autre' studios in Montreal from between October and November 1985, followed up in 1986, their first for German label Noise Records and licensed to Combat for the USA. An extensive US tour was undertaken to promote the album, partnered with fellow experimentalists Celtic Frost and the somewhat mis-matched Running Wild throughout June. The band then hooked up with Possessed and Deathrow for European gigs in November, adding punksEnglish Dogs for the closing London Electric Ballroom date. After the "Rrröööaaarrr!!!" tour ended in late 1986, Voivod immediately decided to return to the studio to record their next album, titledKilling Technology. The album was taken out on the road in North America in April and May 1987 backing German thrashers Kreator, the two bands uniting further for European gigs in November. Unfortunately the band's scheduled slot on the Megadeth headlined "Christmas on Earth" festival in Leeds, UK was stopped when customs officers confiscated the band's gear. Voivod turned up for the show but could only sit and watch the other bands perform. Again the faithful Iron Gang fan club was rewarded with two exclusive tapes, of shows recorded in Montreal and Brussels.

Voivod returned to the studio in the end of 1987 to cut Killing Technolgy's follow-up. The resulting album, 1988's Dimension Hatröss, succeeded in alienating critics yet drawing in the more adventurous metal fans. Progress was temporarily stalled as Voivod was forced to pull out of their "Dimension Hatröss" world tour when Piggy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. When surgeons warned that necessary surgery would in all probability curtail his guitar abilities, Piggy opted to decline an operation and instead threw his energies into the band. As such, the group forged an alliance with Vio-lence for North American concerts to close the year. Naturally a further live cassette resulted in "A Flawless Structure".

Voivod's tenacity and reluctance to compromise was rewarded with a major label deal via MCA Records subsidiary Mechanic for 1989's Glen Robinson produced Nothingface features the band's take on Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" woven into the overall concept seeing the Voivod character now no longer content to wage war but struggling with multiple inner psychological dimensions. A heavy factor in this lyrical shift would be the tracks "Pre-Ignition" and "Missing Sequences", related directly to the band's roots and fear of Alzheimer's disease, with their friends and family living in the shadow of the Jonquière aluminum factory. Again embarking on US dates, Voivod took out Soundgarden and Faith No More as support acts. Nothingface was nominated for a Canadian Juno music industry award and topped off the album marketing by touring homeland arenas as guests to their idols Rush.
Dimension Hatross 1988
01. Experiment
02. Tribal Convictions
03. Chaosmongers
04. Technocratic Manipulators
05. Macrosolutions To Megaproblems
06. Brain Scan
07. Psychic Vacuum
08. Cosmic Drama
09. Batman
Calidad 320 Kbps CBR.
Killing Technology 1987
01. Killing Technology
02. Overreaction 
03. Tornado
04. Too Scared To Scream 
05. Forgotten In Space
06. Ravenous Medicine
07. Order Of The Blackguards
08. This Is Not An Exercise
09. Cockroaches
Calidad 320 Kbps CBR.
Rrröööaaarrr 1986
01. Korgull The Exterminator
02. Fuck Off And Die
03. Slaughter In A Grave
04. Ripping Headaches
05. Horror
06. Thrashing Rage
07. The Helldriver
08. Build Your Weapons
09. To The Death
Calidad 320 Kbps CBR.
War And Pain 1984
01. Voivod
02. Warriors Of Ice
03. Suck Your Bone
04. Iron Gang
05. War And Pain
06. Blower
07. Live For Violence
08. Black City 
09. Nuclear War
10. Condemmed To The Gallows (Track From Metal Massacre V)
Calidad 320 Kbps CBR.

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