I don't quite know how to categorize this band as they have been all over different genres over the years, but I think they ultimately defy categorisation, one of the few bands that do. I would like to say 'Thrash' or 'Rock' or 'Prog' but that just insults their output. What are your 'go-to' albums by the band? A true consistently inconsistent band.
Mine are ┬┤Killling Technology', 'Angel Rat',  'The Outer Limits', got the 'We are connected' 7" too (all completely different) but I know I'm missing a lot of others, what are your favourites and have you ever seen them live?

I approve of this thread. Saw them once last year in Amsterdam. Talk about being in the right frame of mind for a visit to Planet Voivod!

The run of albums from Killing Technology - The Outer Limits are my go to albums. I can appreciate the early stuff as part of their evolution but I wouldn't stick them on tbh. Never actually gave the new one a chance even though I remember it getting good reviews  at the time, must check it out.

Got to see them twice, once with Carcass, Napalm Death and Obituary in Vicar Street and again opening for Entombed AD, I'd love to see them doing a proper headline set though.

Quote from: ldj on June 21, 2019, 11:15:55 PM


Got to see them twice, once with Carcass, Napalm Death and Obituary in Vicar Street and again opening for Entombed AD, I'd love to see them doing a proper headline set though.

Wow, Voivod playing with those bands is like putting pineapple on a pizza, weird setup- no offence to the other bands but did the crowd like them? I would like to think so.

Didn't Jason Newsted join as a member at one point or was that just for an album?

That's a bit of an odd thing to say - I'd imagine that those three bands and Voivod would have a pretty large cross section of fans i.e. metal fans. It's not like they lashed a smooth jazz trio in there.

I take double pineapple on my pizza, so what do I know.

#5 June 22, 2019, 09:36:41 AM Last Edit: June 22, 2019, 09:42:54 AM by Pentagrimes
Best band on this or any other universe. I got "Killing Technology" first as a kid and it absolutely blew my mind.

I'd say they've probably had more influence on me as a musician than anyone. Piggy is my absolute hero and when I was about 12 or 13 And really getting into playing guitar testing to figure out all those weird chords was quite an education. I remember getting Bren to come see them last time they were here and apart from me constantly talking about them he wasnt very familiar with them,and by the end he was like "I can see where you steal everything from now" :laugh:

Still an absolute joy live as well. Love them.

"KT" and "Nothingface" are my go to but the new one gets regular airings

#6 June 22, 2019, 10:15:00 AM Last Edit: June 22, 2019, 10:16:44 AM by leatherface
Quote from: Ducky on June 22, 2019, 05:28:50 AM
That's a bit of an odd thing to say - I'd imagine that those three bands and Voivod would have a pretty large cross section of fans i.e. metal fans. It's not like they lashed a smooth jazz trio in there.

I take double pineapple on my pizza, so what do I know.

:) I merely meant that they stick out on that lineup. No criticism. I'm just jealous I didn't see it.

'Nothingface' is another good one as someone else mentioned, the title track being the highlight for me. 

Piggy used a lot of odd guitar tones (and tunings presumably), would love to see a short documentary or special about his playing/style.

#7 June 22, 2019, 10:29:12 AM Last Edit: June 22, 2019, 10:33:03 AM by Pentagrimes
Quote from: leatherface on June 22, 2019, 10:15:00 AM
 

Piggy used a lot of odd guitar tones (and tunings presumably), would love to see a short documentary or special about his playing/style.

nope, standard tuning. What he DID use a lot of, particularly on "Nothingface" was some kind of harmonizer pedal. The chords at the very end of "Missing Sequences" for example (the bit from about 3:40 here) I worked out and they're fucking impossible to play. Then I saw a video and realised he was only playing two notes but because he was going through that pedal it sounds like there's a lot more at play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ3XVCpjCYk

Sorry, I'm a nerd  :laugh:

Kind of an aside but I always say to people who never heard them - if you like Voivod circa Nothingface you need to hear Die Kreuzen.

Quote from: Pentagrimes on June 22, 2019, 10:29:12 AM
Quote from: leatherface on June 22, 2019, 10:15:00 AM
 

Piggy used a lot of odd guitar tones (and tunings presumably), would love to see a short documentary or special about his playing/style.

nope, standard tuning. What he DID use a lot of, particularly on "Nothingface" was some kind of harmonizer pedal. The chords at the very end of "Missing Sequences" for example (the bit from about 3:40 here) I worked out and they're fucking impossible to play. Then I saw a video and realised he was only playing two notes but because he was going through that pedal it sounds like there's a lot more at play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ3XVCpjCYk

Sorry, I'm a nerd  :laugh:

Kind of an aside but I always say to people who never heard them - if you like Voivod circa Nothingface you need to hear Die Kreuzen.
On Die Kreuzen, I'd recommend the first 3 albums for the VoiVod comparison.
By the time they released Cement in 1991 they were in their Grungegaze phase.

Yeah Century Days and October File specifically.  First lp is an amazing record two. They were the Voivod of hardcore

Quote from: Pentagrimes on June 22, 2019, 10:29:12 AM
Quote from: leatherface on June 22, 2019, 10:15:00 AM
 

Piggy used a lot of odd guitar tones (and tunings presumably), would love to see a short documentary or special about his playing/style.

nope, standard tuning. What he DID use a lot of, particularly on "Nothingface" was some kind of harmonizer pedal.

Thanks for the insight, I had just presumed he was experimenting with his tunings/tones etc.

Can we also talk about how awesome the artwork is on their albums, so much to admire.

Quote from: leatherface on June 22, 2019, 10:15:00 AM
Quote from: Ducky on June 22, 2019, 05:28:50 AM
That's a bit of an odd thing to say - I'd imagine that those three bands and Voivod would have a pretty large cross section of fans i.e. metal fans. It's not like they lashed a smooth jazz trio in there.

I take double pineapple on my pizza, so what do I know.

:) I merely meant that they stick out on that lineup. No criticism. I'm just jealous I didn't see it.

'Nothingface' is another good one as someone else mentioned, the title track being the highlight for me. 

Piggy used a lot of odd guitar tones (and tunings presumably), would love to see a short documentary or special about his playing/style.

Well yeah I guess they're the least heavy of them but they're all roughly of the same era. I wouldn't blink swapping between any of them. I'd also just have an olive and pineapple pizza, oh yes  :D

I remember reading a thing about a tablature book for KT or DH and it was all wrong. They couldn't work out what Piggy was playing at all.

Been playing the shit out of "Syncroanarchy" this week. Best with this lineup to date.

I just fucking love Voivod. Best band.

Oh, also attention Leatherface: this lad talks about Piggy's gear and all that kinda stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1P9E2LITgM

I've never listened to Voivod. I don't know why but I've never given them the time.
I recently read Damn The Machine book and they seem to be one of the only bands that consistently delivered on all fronts.

As Killing Technology seems to be the one I'll start with that.