War and Pain

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War and Pain
Voivod - War & Pain.jpg
Studio album by Voivod
Released September 1984[1]
Recorded June 19–27, 1984 at Le Terroir Studio, Laterrière (now part of Saguenay, Québec), Canada
Genre Thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Length 42:07 (original)
1:45:01 (remastered)
Label Metal Blade
Producer Voivod
Voivod chronology
War and Pain
Thrashing Rage
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

War and Pain is the debut album from Canadian heavy metal band Voivod, which was released on August 10, 1984 through Metal Blade Records. According to a 1986 TV interview with the band, it sold over 40,000 copies within 2 years of its release, but the band only got paid $1,000, accordingly to the contract they had signed with Metal Blade.

War and Pain was reissued several times on the CD format (sometimes on different labels in other countries): in 1990 on Enigma or Roadracer Records; remastered by Metal Blade and reissued in 1994; it was also released in Roadracer's Pricekillers series (also 1990); and again by Metal Blade in 2004 as a remastered 3-CD boxset (see the 20th Anniversary Edition section for the bonus material).[3][4][5]

A Music Video was made for Voivod.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Voivod except where indicated.

This Side (Iron)

  1. "Voivod" – 4:16
  2. "Warriors of Ice" – 5:04
  3. "Suck Your Bone" – 3:30
  4. "Iron Gang" – 4:15
  5. "War and Pain" – 4:55

That Side (Blower)

  1. "Blower" – 2:42
  2. "Live for Violence" – 5:11
  3. "Black City" – 5:08
  4. "Nuclear War" – 7:01

Note: The original cassette version also had a track after "Nuclear War" named "Condemned to the Gallows". This was the track they recorded for Metal Massacre V. Aside from one cassette pressing, "Condemned to the Gallows" was the only track that never appeared on the original LP or CD nor has it been re-recorded for any future Voivod releases.



  1. ^ "Gatefold of Best of Metal Blade, Vol. 1". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b c d e Metal-Archives.com (see the additional notes tab for release history and the line-up tab for personnel)
  4. ^ Main Page for War and Pain on Rate Your Music
  5. ^ Main Page for War and Pain on Discogs