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Voivod: D-V-O-D-1 (DVD)

The first ever DVD from pioneering Canadian progressive metallers Voivod covers what is often called the band's classic period from 1983-1991. The collection, called D-V-O-D-1, is the first in a scheduled series of archival DVD's that are to be released on this influential band, who have recently been in the news, hearts & minds of many due to the passing of guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour at the very young age of 45. Now more than ever the music of Voivod is in demand, and this DVD set culls together an assortment of live footage, videos, and studio performances.

One interesting thing that you immediately pick up from watching the footage on this DVD is how the music of Voivod changed and evolved over the years. Early on, the band had a very aggressive thrash sound, which eventually morphed into a more technical, highly refined form of progressive rock with a metal attitude. This style is very evident while watching the videos of "Psychic Vacuum", "Tribal Convictions", or the excellent remake of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine", all from the late 1980's. Early live footage recorded in Montreal show the band ripping through raw versions of "Blower", "Ravenous Medicine" and others, and it's interesting to watch how fevered the crowd was, and how much liberty the clubs gave the crowds back in the 80's. These days, especially after the shooting of Dimebag last year, you never see bouncers allow fans to jump on the stage, sing and mosh with the band, leap back into the crowd, then come up for more. Twenty years ago that was the norm, and you see plenty of this type of mayhem both on stage and in the crowd during the various live clips. The band members are all in fine form on the live cuts, with Denis "Snake" Belanger leading the charge with his unique vocal style, Piggy launching plenty of innovative guitar riffs and solos, Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault nimbly plucking his bass, and "Michel "Away" Langevin furiously pounding on his drum kit.

D-V-O-D-1 is an essential purchase for the Voivod fan, and those new to the band would also be advised to check this out to see what a powerhouse they were live. Perhaps some day the full shows of these gigs will be released, but for now these snippets will do. DVD purists might scoff a little at the random way this collection was put together, as there's no commentary from the band anywhere on it, and all the live clips and videos are all just kind of thrown together, but it's the kind of underground feel that has a certain charm to it, and it works here. Sure, the band's early videos are fairly cheesey, but hey, that was 80's metal videos. For pure Voivod nostalgia, check this out.

Song Listing
Voivod (1984)
Ripping Headaches (1896)
Ravenous Medicine (1987)
Tribal Convictions (1988)
Psychic Vacuum (1988)
Astronomy Domine (1989)
Live Footage
Montreal Spectrum-Blower (10/12/86)
Montreal Spectrum-Tribal Convictions, Ravenous Medicine (8/20/88)
Montreal Musiqueplus-The Unknown Knows, Inner Combustion/Missing Sequences/Nothing Face (1989)
Monreal Backstreet-Inner Combustion, Freedoom (5/24/91)
Video Shoot for Ravenous Medicine (1987)
Video Shoot for Psychic Vacuum (1988)
Recording Nothing Face at Victor Studios (1989)
Artwork, Photos, Iron Gang Demos, Morgoth Invasion December 1984, and Montreal Spectrum September 1987

Added: April 8th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Voivod: D-V-O-D-1 (DVD)
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-04-08 08:09:50
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I will be the first to admit the limited scope of knowledge that I have about VoiVod and their music. With the exception of Nothingface and Angel Rat there was not a lot that I knew about them, and even then only a few tracks were my favorites. Despite this I was still able to enjoy them in some fashion for there was a level of Progressive Metal going on in their stuff and for a band not as established as Rush or Fates Warning at the time this was a risky choice to make in ones direction. Prog-fans back in the day were not so accepting of new things coming from bands more known for their Metal influences at one time. The time period that this DVD focuses on runs from 1983-1991 and is considered the bands classic period based on the material and personnel. It is the first in an apparent series of such DVD programs and features a number of live performance clips as well as video films for the bands songs.There is a very "loose" feel to the production of the release and at times it will strike you as somewhat disorganized since when it is viewed as a movie itself it combines all the various segments. You are also able to watch it by segment, either focusing on the live clips, the videos or the extras they included. The bonus features are a couple of live demo recordings as well as artwork used by the band and photography. Each is accompanied by music from elsewhere on the release. The DVD comes to the world after the passing of guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour who the music world lost far too soon at age 45. His innovative style of playing is showcased well on these films as is the playing of members Michael "Away" Langevin on his drums, Jean-Yves "Blacky" Therialt on bass as Denis "Snake" Belanger sang his heart out. Listening to the early work of this band I admit I found a very Punk feel with Progressive mixed in.

This is a DVD that's a must have for the Voivod fan and most specifically since this is to be first in a series of such releases. The band had some unique influences on a lot of today's Metal bands and Piggy's guitar work was really nice. A new fan or casual listener might be a little put off by this but I don't think this is aimed at them much. It was fun to view in any case, especially the parts during the live set where one sees a different set of circumstances happening. Today's crowd is seldom allowed near the stages and in the wake of Dime's murder it is probably going to stay that way. These old videos remind you of a different time where the crowd going nuts on the floor was also usually mirrored by one who got up to the stage and was head banging with the band. Check this out if you are curious or a music study, for the work of Denis D'Amour speaks volumes and
was sadly silenced before he was done.

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