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1986 – RRROOOAAARRR


Released in 1986 by Noise Records
Produced by Voivod and Mike Amstadt
Executive Producer Maurice ‘Rocker’ Richard
Recorded and mixed at ‘L’Autre Studio’ Montreal between 11th and November 17th 1985
Engineer: Mike Amstadt, Assistant Engeneer: Sue, Blacky, Piggy
Cover Concept and Artwork by Away 85/86
Photos by Robert Hould

TRACKS
Korgull, the Exterminator 4:56
Fuck Off and Die 3:34
Slaughter in a Grave 4:02
Ripping Headaches 3:10
Horror 4:09
Thrashing Rage 4:30
The Helldriver 3:41
Build your Weapons 4:42
To the Death 5:07

REVIEWS
All-Music Guide review
2 1/2 pts.

Voivod’s second release, RRROOOAAARRR, is a step backward for the band when compared to its predecessor, War and Pain.
Whereas their debut was similar to early Metallica, their follow-up sounds like the band was under the influence of early Slayer, with faster tempos and vocal growls.
Lyrically, the band goes into dangerously silly and embarrassing territory (a sample lyric from “Fuck Off & Die”:  ”and if you’re a fucker, and don’t believe it, fuck off and die!”). Other flaky song titles are “Slaugher In a Grave,” “Ripping Headaches,” and “Thrashing Rage.” Guitarist Denis D’Amour (a.k.a. “Piggy”) would one day become one of the most criminally overlooked metal guitarists (combining jazz chords in a progressive-metal context), but on this album he plays it very conservatively, which is unfortunate. After listening to RRROOOAAARRR, it’s pretty mind-blowing that Voivod would one day be one of the most original metal bands around, since there’s very little originality or imagination on this one. If you’re a newcomer to the band, check out their albums from 1988 onwards. This is certainly not one of their better albums, and not a good place to start.
– Greg Prato, All-Music Guide
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