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Editors’ Notes

As Metallica did with Kill ‘Em All, Montreal’s Voivod helped introduce the strain of punk-charged metal known as thrash with its 1984 debut album, War and Pain. But where Metallica proved to be consummate songwriters, Voivod’s early recordings spotlight a band more interested in musical athleticism and a semi-conceptual theme that rails against impending futuristic nihilism. Bassist Blacky Thériault and drummer Away Langevin set up the following “Warriors of Ice” with thundering rhythms that gallop like the fiery hooves of the apocalyptic four horsemen’s mares. When Piggy D’Amour’s muscled riffs come charging in alongside Snake Bélanger’s war-cry vocal attack, it’s easy to comprehend why such foreboding militaristic themes pepper this album. D’Amour’s hard-chugging strums detonate into adroit fretboard pyrotechnics in “Suck Your Bone,” a salient cut in which Bélanger’s vocals ride the line between a spitting sneer and glass-shattering falsettos.

Customer Reviews

This came out in '84?

War and Pain is so fast, dissonant, intense, and downright evil that it makes Kill Em All and Bonded by Blood look like Sacred Reich. This continuous blast of dissonant noise has been hailed as brilliant and inspiring by everyone from Darkthrone to At the Gates to Immolation. If it wasn't for the vocals (which are brilliantly done punk snarls) this could almost be death metal; that's how intense this album is.

Old School Hardcore

War and Pain is one of those early metal albums that has managed to elude the popularity and relevance that it deserves. This album is fast and FIERCE! Voivod's sound evolved into something almost completely different afterwards, but this album is obligitory for anybody who thinks that they know classic hardcore metal. The whole album is good but highlight tracks would have to include Voivod, War and Pain, and Blower. Check it out, if you think that you can handle it!

Voivod kills

Who are the morons who think this is so influenced by Metallica? This has far more in common with Venom and early hardcore. it is fantastic and still is my favorite Voivod release.


Formed: 1982 in Montreal, Quebec

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Voivod (singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, guitarist Denis "Piggy" d'Amour, drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault) were one of the first thrash bands from Canada to gain popularity outside of their home country. From their beginnings in the early '80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristic story lines into their songs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. With their unique style...
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