Recorded at Le Terroir Studio, Quebec, Canada, June 19-27, 1984.
Personnel: Denis Belanger (vocals); Denis D'amour (guitar); Michel "Away" Langevin (drums).
Recording information: Le Terroir Studio, Quebec, Canada (06/19/1984-06/27/1984); Terroir Studio, Quebec, Canada (06/19/1984-06/27/1984).
Photographers: Gravel; Karel; Wayne; Blacky.
The debut from these Canadian thrash metal innovators is raw and brutal, bearing little resemblance to the well-oiled machine that emerged years later. Though distinctly different from the refined prog metal of the band's 1989 masterpiece NOTHINGFACE, Voivod's early primal rumblings were part of the initial wave of thrash progenitors that included the likes of Bathory and Venom.
With the reissue of this album, Metal Blade pays homage to Snake and company with a three-disc collector's package that includes the remastered WAR & PAIN, along with lo-fi demos and live tracks culled from 1983-84. A third disc includes liner notes, artwork, a video, photos, and computer wallpaper and screensavers. Die-hard fans will be pleased with the homage paid to the early works of Voivod, whose roster would eventually include ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, a longtime aficionado of the group.