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War And Pain

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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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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Metal Blade/Enigma
  • ASIN: B0012TWAF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1984 pressing LP.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voivooooood!!!! July 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Canada has a fine Rock and Metal tradition, but there seems to be something about the frozen North which seems to warp the minds of musicians a little. Canada's greatest export, Rush, forged a reputation for producing highly imaginative Progressive Rock with a hint of the unusual, even for the experimental world of Prog Rock.
Voivod did the same with Thrash Metal. These four twisted musicians produced one of the oddest albums of Thrash's early days. While Metallica and Slayer were content to play it straight and fast, Voivod seemed to make things deliberately difficult for themselves on `War And Pain', opting for a complex and choppy songwriting style. Playing at a speed where it would be easy to trip and stumble, the band doesn't miss a note. Think it sounds easy? Check Possessed or early Celtic Frost for examples of bands playing too fast for their own good then.
Title track "War And Pain" for example mixes up several riffs, which seem to tumble past like a rockslide, and are bridged together by guitar solos or rumbling drum fills, all the while Snake shouts blank verse lyrics of the horrors of war over it all. Sounds complex? It's the most straightforward song on the album.
Piggy was an incredibly underrated guitarist. Most bands of the time went for a twin guitar line, either to cover for lack of ability or to fill in holes when playing fast. Piggy carried all the guitar duties on his own. He possessed a killer chainsaw tone which cut red raw to the bone, and was able to slip effortlessly from rhythms to solos and back again. This album avoids double tracking the guitars, so during solos the rhythm drops out and is picked up by Blacky on bass.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain! July 2, 2004
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I must assume that if your interested in Voivod's, "War And Pain", then you must know something about real heavy metal.
Their debut album way back from 1984 is an undeniable classic. Early Voivod was something completely different, but if you were into bands like Slayer, Venom and Kill 'em All era Metallica, You most likely would like Voivod.
"War And Pain" is a brutal record. All the crazy riffs, the thundering bass, nuclear drumblasts and bloodcurdling vo-kills carry you into the land of the Voivod. A warrior vampire-lord with a lust for death. This album is all killer and no filler.
But, don't forget, there are 3 cd's. The "War And Pain" album, a live demo recording from 1984, which, if you appreciate real history, you will not mind the sound of the live disc. In my opinion, it's one of the heaviest things I've heard. And, a bonus disc for your computer which has a video, pics, art, lyrics and more.
You cannot go wrong by buying the first album. Hardcore all the way! This 3 cd set is a good buy and I bet will be hard to find one day so get it while you can!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I managed to pick this up when it was brand new, first released for the rediculously low price of $11.99 factory sealed from a large chain store. I have owned this album on cassette for years, and boy did I snag this at the right time. This box set is awesome, and one heck of a value. The difinitive War and Pain set.

Disc one contains the 9 tracks of war and pain-remasted and sound just as crisp and raw/fresh as the day they were layed down.

Then-Voivod added live songs from their first show ANACHRONISM-tracks 10,11,12.

Next, they added the Metal Massacre 5 sessions for track 13, 14, and 15.

Disc two: This is the prized Morgoth Invasion: Live Demo Sessions december 1984. 16 tracks of prime Voivod as they lauch into the premier canadian thrash metal band role.

Disc three-CD ROM enhanced CD: This was the disc I nearly wet myself over. I have always loved Enhanced CD's. This has so much data on it, it's tought to fit here, and I'm still discovering stuff on it. Here's a brief rundown. It has the biography 1985, coments from 2003, lyrics, sound, Many many video clips (20 minutes or more at least, pics, art, wallpapers, and screensavers.

If you are a voivod fan, you must, and I repeat, you must get this album, It is silly if you didn't. I would have easilly paid 20-25 dollars for this, but you don't have to, so buy it ASAP!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average speed metal band March 14, 2012
By P.S.
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1984 was the year that speed/thrash metal became the new black, and in Canada, the label Banzai was imprinted on the spines of many of the cassettes filling my metal collection. Among the many bands such as Exodus, Slayer, Kreator, Celtic Frost, Metallica, Venom, Destruction, and so on, Voivod was a band whose style stood out for me as one of the more remarkable. Years later, I gave away most of my cassettes, but War and Pain soon came back to my collection in the form of a CD. I could not forget some of the tracks that had impressed me as a young teen and to this day (now 2012) I still love those tracks.

What made Voivod stand out for me was their use of tempo changes within their songs and the heavy use of distorted bass. In "Black City" there is a cool bass break and the bass figures prominently and is clearly audible in most of the songs. "Warriors of Ice" is a ripping speed metal tune with a beat like a juggernaut charging down a cracking, crumbling highway. After the solo, just when it seems the battering ram chorus is about to pound away again, there is this instrumental break of bass, heavy guitar and drums that are the audio equivalent of being beaten up by a mafia thug at a foggy wharf late at night. "Live for Violence" has a rhythm break that turns a galloping song into a full cantor - complete with that Voivod pounding rhythm section. And "Nuclear War" with its spacy psychedelic delay guitar and a beat and riff that work together to crack your skull 'til your tongue is lolling uselessly and your eyes are swollen and blind will make you blissfully stupid.

In addition to this music that works like a marauding metal works hammer in a nuclear blast, vocalist Snake seems to growl, scream and roar out the lyrics as if he is about to vomit up a muffler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great !
great product and good service
Published 1 month ago by Stevie
4.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of the end of classic Voivod
Notable for faster drums, powersoaked guitar, cleaner production, and atmosphere throughout. However, Snake's lead vocals appear to be somewhat subdued from the "To the Death" and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dave Rebus
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a thrash great!
Voivod has always seemed to be a bit strange to me. When I was younger I couldn't stand this album. In fact, I didn't know why I got it. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by PeaceSells215
4.0 out of 5 stars NUCLEAR WAR!
A must-have for any fan of Thrash Metal. Blacky's meat-grinding bass sound and Snake's Venom-like vocals will make you wish you were born a Voivodian. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Seb T
5.0 out of 5 stars War and Pain is another brilliant early metal first album.
Canada has given the world three of the most phenomenal musical acts: Rush, Voivod, and Skinny Puppy. Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by Adam Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars solid and raw old skool trash with a difference
From the openning shrieks of "Voivooooooooodddd..." to the distinctive odd-beat of closing "Nuclear War" this is a great recording. Read more
Published on June 10, 2007 by Patrick D. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars superb box set
wow i was having war and pain but i have buy it because for the demos and and of course the clip thanks to metal blade
Published on July 17, 2004 by serge
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 80's metal
This is probably the best Voivod album ever. Being their first it is definitely a far cry from their later progressive work. Read more
Published on April 14, 2004 by Stephen Taggard
5.0 out of 5 stars best voivod album
this was by far their best and what true voivod was about, the best songs are voivod,blower (from a metal massecre comp),suck your bone and nuclear war they all are good,get... Read more
Published on March 17, 2004 by Louis
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