Formed in Canada in the early 80s, Voivod originally comprised Denis Snake Belanger (vocals), Denis Piggy DAmour (Canada, d. 26 August 2005, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; guitar), Jean-Yves Theriault (bass) and Michel Langevin (drums). The release of their first album made them one of the first thrash metal bands to make a name for themselves worldwide. The sound of this 1984 debut was highly unconventional, with an almost avant garde feel at times. A second album continued in this tradition with noisy, neo-industrial elements, and helped them become popular in metal underground circles. Progression was evident on 1987s Killing Technology which showcased improved musicianship and lyrics. However, on Dimension Hatross they left behind much of their thrash roots, and there was now much more to their sound than that basic attack. This trend continued on Nothingface (1989) which contained little that could be labelled thrash metal,...
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