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Dimension Hatross

VoivodAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Montreal’s Voivod has long been heralded as an innovative and visionary force within the world of extreme music. For more than 25 years, the band has performed Heavy Metal alchemy by fusing various strains of thrash, punk, hardcore, progressive, and psychedelia to create some of the most engaging, provocative, and, oft times, surprisingly accessible music of their day. Founding members ... Read more in Amazon's Voivod Store

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  • Audio CD (February 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B00000I3VF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Powerful magnets, interchange the mass" March 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The music world was just not ready for _Dimension Hatross_ when it was released in 1988. Back then, rock music was dominated by people who spent more time sculpting their hair than writing songs. This album for its time was akin to the F-18 being built right after the Wright Brothers conducted their little flight at Kitty Hawk. Of course this was lost on a public who only wanted to hear from Bon Jovi, Poison, or Def Leppard.

I don't pretend like I know the guys in the band, but _DH_ to me represents Voivod being their most "Voivodesque". It is a happy medium between the heavy and nihilistic facets of their earlier material and the progressive elements that would surface on future albums. While not too many gave that much though about it during the 80s or 90s, this "heavy and progressive" philosophy now has better-known devotees like Meshuggah and Mastodon. Both of those bands have yet to release anything that ranks below excellent.

The concept tells of the Voivod being who finds itself in an experiment with a particle accelerator, in which protons and anti-protons collide into each other. The explosion from the collision creates a micro-galaxy for the Voivod to explore and gather information from. Along the way; the Voivod encounters a primitive tribal society who see it as their messiah, anarcho-terrorists, Orwellian technocrats, non-corporeal parasites who steal mental energy, and the destruction of this newly created galaxy. But who had time for that when that guy in Def Leppard wanted you to pour sugar on him?

Like the protons and antiprotons that created the micro-galaxy, _DH_ is a universe of contradictions. It's progressive but punkish. It has a huge cosmic feel without losing its endearing low-budget grit. It's chaotic but disciplined. It's beautiful without being schmaltzy. And for something released 17 years ago, it's still ahead of its time. And will probably be for sometime to come.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of metal's greatest albums ever August 21, 2005
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If I were stranded on a desert island and could have only five metal albums, they would be, at least right now, "Beg To Differ" from Prong, Sepultra's "Arise", Exodus' "Tempo Of The Damned", Judas Priest's "British Steel" and Voivod's "Dimension Hatross."

This seminal industrial metal album was and is still too heavy and complex for many listeners and, as indicated in other reviews, far ahead of its time. Many fans love the lyrical content, with its odes to machine dominance, questions of sanity and all sorts of futuristic meanderings. What makes this CD great is the guitar work of Denis "Piggy" D'Amour.

D'Amour is a jazz guitar fan who takes complex jazz theory and distorts the results and cranks it up to 11 and then combines it with the attack of metal. "Piggy" has melded atonal experimentation, jazz improvisation worthy of Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" with classic metal and the result is an industrial thrashing that has no equal. "Blacky", the former bassist, provides distorted bass with melodic riffing to hold down the arrangements and keep them from tipping over the edge into total chaos.

This album will continue to grow in stature as more generations discover its timelessness and groundbreaking expeditions into musical territory no metal band has ever explored before. It's simply a must have for anybody who considers themselves cutting edge metal afficionados or just likes any music that dares to break the rules. In this case, "Dimension Hatross" not only breaks the rules of metal, it shatters them and renders them useless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Voivod Album! April 20, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Most people look at "Nothingface" as the peak of Voivods innovative sound but I disagree. Dimension Hatross is the perfect balance between the early thrash and later progressive space metal Voivod would explore. Dimension Hatross is a powerful and unique album loaded with dissonant, crunching, catchy and interesting riffs. Snake cut down on the screaming and explored a new almost robotic vocal style. It blasted through the boundries of the typical speed metal scene and made us all wonder....what will Voivod do next? I don't know about the rest of you...but the dissonant chords Piggy plays on Hatross can be found in many 90's recording acts CD's. Voivod were always innovative and this is their best album!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Masterpiece December 16, 2005
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Dimension Hatross is, in my humble opinion, a near perfect record. It's wildly inventive for any genre, but in the rich history of metal it's an absolute masterpiece. While the great Nothingface would finally earn the band some very well-deserved fame, for my money this is still their best work from a songwriting perspective. If this album had been given the same production gloss as its follow-up, I'm sure a lot of folks would agree with me.

That being said, there's something about the wider, dirtier, heavier sound that makes this album what it is. The band is clearly getting tighter, Away's drumming in particular is more polished and less noisy, Snake's vocals are becoming more melodic and less scream focused, and yet they retain those great thrashy roots that they would all but completely drop two albums later (only to revist them with less success a few records after that).

Long story short, if you're a fan of metal this album absolutely belongs in your collection. A truly great band is in their prime here, and that's something you definitely don't want to miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Voivod!
Definitely a must buy. Voivod changes their sound with every record it seems and this is no exception. It took me a few listens to really appreciate all its nuances.
Published 2 months ago by John B. Kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Voivod's shining moment
Taking the production values which Noise Record's contractor Harris Johns displayed on Killing Technology a step further, on pretty much every count, this album defines Voivod at... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dave Rebus
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best metal recording of its period. PERIOD!
This is the most imaginative, unique, almost undefinable creation in the history of metal music. when this album was first released, it blew my mind! Read more
Published 15 months ago by LabRxAT
5.0 out of 5 stars For a lost dimension
Further evolving from their primal hardcore punk origins to a technical style of complex speed metal, Voivod arrive at a unity of sound and design on Dimension Hatröss that is... Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Grond
4.0 out of 5 stars discordant and original metal
off-kilter, weird rhtyms but still very engaging. origianl metal and challenging lyris that make one really think. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Mark T. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Voivod - Dimension Hatross
Dimension Hatross is a masterpiece by the Quebecois quartet that I never get tired listening to. This is Voivod's best album and was way ahead of it's time when released in 1988. Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by whr27
5.0 out of 5 stars Outer Space Classic
'Dimension Hatröss', Voivod's fourth release, shows a style of the band's more intricate, experimental and progressive playing. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Voivod's best album
'Nothingface' is generally considered to be Voivod's best, most consistent album, but I have always preferred 'Dimension Hatross'. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by Christopher Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Is Officially Blown Away
Dimension Hatröss is an album that never seems to get the recognition it deserves. While it tends to steer away from the rough thrash background it had (yet still has traces... Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by Orphan of Sickness
5.0 out of 5 stars Voivod's best
Amazing record, Killing Technology the previous album is also great, but this one is even better. Check out Die Kreuzen's October file album if you want to see where this amazing... Read more
Published on January 8, 2009 by Inframan
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