War and Pain

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War and Pain
Voivod - War & Pain.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1984[1]
RecordedJune 19–27, 1984
StudioLe Terroir Studio, Laterrière (now part of Saguenay, Québec), Canada
GenreThrash metal, speed metal
Length42:07 (original)
105:01 (20th anniversary edition)
LabelBanzai (Canada)
Metal Blade (US)
Roadrunner (Europe)
ProducerVoivod, Brian Slagel
Voivod chronology
War and Pain
(1984)
Thrashing Rage
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[3]
Exclaim!(favourable)[4]
PopMatters(favourable)[5]
Rock Hard7.5/10[6]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[7]

War and Pain is the debut studio album from Canadian heavy metal band Voivod, 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.

War and Pain was reissued several times on the CD format (sometimes on different labels in other countries): in 1990 on Enigma; remastered by Metal Blade and reissued in 1994; it was also released in Roadrunner'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).[8][9][10]

A music video was made for the title song "Voivod" and was directed by Dédé Fortin.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Denis "Snake" Bélanger and all music by Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault and Michel "Away" Langevin, 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 the compilation album 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.

20th Anniversary Edition[edit]

Disc one

War and Pain (Remastered)
  1. "Voivod" – 4:16
  2. "Warriors of Ice" – 5:06
  3. "Suck Your Bone" – 3:32
  4. "Iron Gang" – 4:15
  5. "War and Pain" – 4:55
  6. "Blower" – 2:43
  7. "Live for Violence" – 5:11
  8. "Black City" – 5:07
  9. "Nuclear War" – 7:02
Anachronism (1st show, June 1983)
  1. "Condemned to the Gallows" – 5:07
  2. "Blower" – 3:01
  3. "Voivod" – 3:50
To the Death (Metal Massacre 5 sessions, January 1984)
  1. "Condemned to the Gallows" – 5:09
  2. "Voivod" – 4:41
  3. "Iron Gang" – 4:24

Disc two

Morgoth Invasion (Live demo, December 1984)
  1. "Build Your Weapons" – 4:42
  2. "War and Pain" – 6:25
  3. "Condemned to the Gallows" – 4:52
  4. "Warriors of Ice" – 5:07
  5. "Helldriver" – 3:57
  6. "Horror" – 3:52
  7. "Black City" – 5:32
  8. "Nuclear War" – 6:32
  9. "Blower" – 3:04
  10. "Live for Violence" – 6:45
  11. "Ripping Headaches" – 3:12
  12. "Iron Gang" – 4:19
  13. "Korgull the Exterminator" – 4:50
  14. "Suck Your Bone" – 4:25
  15. "Witching Hour" (Venom) – 2:51
  16. "Chemical Warfare" (Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King) – 6:17

Bonus CD

  • In addition to videos, text and images, the Bonus CD also contains a 46.5 MB mp3 file consisting of the first 7 tracks from a live demo recorded in January 1984, known as To The Death.

Personnel[edit]

Voivod
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gatefold of Best of Metal Blade, Vol. 1". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Voivod - War and Pain review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 400–401. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  4. ^ Orchard, Rod (1 September 2004). "Voivod - War and pain". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (9 November 2004). "Voivod - War and Pain". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (1984). "Review Album: Voivod - War and Pain". Rock Hard (in German). No. 8. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Voivod - War and Pain". Sputnikmusic. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  8. ^ Metal-Archives.com (see the additional notes tab for release history and the line-up tab for personnel)
  9. ^ Main Page for War and Pain on Rate Your Music
  10. ^ Main Page for War and Pain on Discogs