“D-V-O-D-1” by Voivod

Artist: Voivod
Title: “D-V-O-D-1”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 10/25/2005
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 7/10

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 very 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. To this day my favorite part of “Nothingface” is the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine”, which is of course presented here for all to enjoy.

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.

Track Listing:
1. Voivod – video
2. Ripping Headaches – video
3. Ravenous Medicine – video
4. Tribal Convictions – video
5. Psychic Vacuum – video
6. Astronomy Domine – video
7. Blower – live
8. Tribal Convictions
9. Ravenous Medicine
10. The Unknown Knows
11. Inner Combustion/Missing Sequences/Nothing Face
12. Inner Combustion
13. Freedoom
14. Ravenous Medicine – vid shoot
15. Psychic Vacuum – vid shoot
16. Studio Jam Session
17. Morgoth Invasion – live demo audio
18. Spectrum – live demo audio

Official Website: http://www.voivod.com/

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