TITLE: War and Pain
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Voivod
LINEUP: Denis Belanger, Denis D’Amour, Jean-Yves Theriault, Michel Langevin
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Quebecois thrash band makes a thrashy record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The early roots of Voivod is pure thrash, and this debut record illustrates this. On original release there were nine cuts that all kind of bled together as one pummeling assault.
What separates great thrash albums from others is the change in textures and styles. This has none – it’s pure assault and that can wear on you for a long time.
Voivod would grow, change, mature past the simple thrashiness. Here, though, this is just too much blurriness.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Allegedly, they made only $1,000 from this even though it sold 40,000 copies initially.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Demos and live cuts and cuts for a compilation.
GRADE: C: I am exiling this. It’s just too much of the same thing.