I’ve been trying to think of new bands to cover for the Album Of The Week post and bands that I enjoy that maybe I missed. One band that I always found interesting was Montreal, Quebec, Canada thrash metal outfit Voivod. The band first struck my interest when I found my brothers vinyl of the band’s EP Thrashing Rage. The vinyl was a picture disc and the band looked pretty bad ass as far as Thrash Metal was concerned. The band members even had cool nicknames to boot as well as the band was made up of Snake (Denis Bélanger) on vocals, Piggy (Denis D’Amour) on guitar, Blacky (Jean-Yves Thériault) on Bass, and Away (Michel Langevin) on drums. We all know that 1986 was a legendary year for Thrash Metal with The Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) all releasing their breakout records, but little do people know that Voivod released one too. On March 14, 1986, Voivod would release their second studio album Rrröööaaarrr via Combat/Noise Records. Denis D’Amour has admitted in an interview, that the record is a huge transition from their punk/thrash sound to the progressive thrash sound that would come to fruition on the next record.
1. Korgüll the Exterminator– The track starts with a build up before it launches into with the razor fast riffs and the hammering drum beats. The audio quality is very poor almost like Venom sound quality. The song is about a man who is basically death in human form. 4/5
2. Fuck Off and Die– A very punk mentality with the title of this one with the Die By The Sword Slayer era sound, but the lyrics are the weak point to this track (e.g. And if you’re a fucker. And don’t believe it, I say Fuck off and die !) 3/5
3. Slaughter in a Grave– A track that previously appeared on the Thrashing Rage EP. A fast paced in your face track that is relentless about death coming back from the grave to kill. 4/5
4. Ripping Headaches– A speed metal track right from the start with the face melting guitar riffs and jackhammer fast drum beats. I feel like this is a track about headbanging. 4/5
5. Horror– The track has a build up as the song fades in and it’s headbanging metal madness as he describes the horrors of the world that we constantly face. 4/5
6. Thrashing Rage– The title track of the EP that this was featured on before is a track that is just heavy with it’s doom like characteristics (not talking about the music itself, but the feeling in your brain when you hear it) like stepping into the abyss. This is an amazing track, one of my favorites on the album. 5/5
7. The Helldriver– Another track from the Thrashing Rage EP that has Motorhead written all over it as far as influence in this track about the feeling of invincibility when driving a bad ass vehicle. 4/5
8. Build Your Weapons– A track that is bass heavy and bad ass as it sounds like what would happen if Venom and Motorhead had a baby. I love the guitar solo on this track, very cool. 4/5
9. To the Death– The tempo is very slow in the beginning of the track that sounds like you are entering hell as it talks of celebrating victory in war as everything is To The Death. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– This was a decent record, but the sound quality is horrible especially considering the quality of records The Big Four was putting out. Is this a good first album to start off with? Why not? War And Pain is apparently the one to check out, but I enjoyed listening to this one despite the audio issues. Denis D’Amour was a great guitar player that was sadly overlooked in my book and he shined on this album. So give it a shot! I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.