31 Years Ago: VOIVOD release Rrroooaaarrr (and there's no chance to save your cracked brain!)


Anyway, we had to make a move, because "War and Pain" had been released more than a year, before we decided to enter the studio and record "RRROOOAAARR". Our material had been ready for a long time and we were looking forward to listening to our new songs. You know, Voivod is not that kind of band who sits there and waits until things happen. We are warriors and we like to provoke things. At last, we took the right decision, because now we have this deal with Noise Records and we are really happy about it!
- Piggy / Voivod interview, Blackthorn magazine, 1986

VOIVOD released the thrashing attack classic Rrröööaaarrr on this day in 1986. It came a little under two years after their debut War and Pain, which was released by Metal Blade. Rrröööaaarrr was the first of their new deal with Noise Records and Combat Records. The song (or the title at least) Fuck Off & Die is dedicated to Metal Blade:

Extra special thanks to Metal Blade Records for the inspiration of "Fuck off and die"

The songwriting on "RRROOOAAARRR" is about the same as the "War and Pain". If the bass sounds different, well that's because Blacky's amplifier has been stolen and the amplifier we used during the recording sessions didn't sound like the stolen one. We tried to get the same sound as on "War and Pain", but it's not the real, or unreal Blacky sound. Don't worry, Blacky has found a new amplifier which sounds exactly like the first one, so now the blower bass sound is back. We wanted to re-record the bass tracks when Blacky found his new amplifier, but it would have delayed the release of "RRROOOAAARRR" too much.
- Piggy / Voivod interview, Blackthorn magazine, 1986

Except for the way the bass sounds, as Piggy explained before, we are really happy about this new album. We think our songwriting has improved and we are now better performers than we were on our first album. On "RRROOOAAARRR" we worked with a co-producer, who also is our sound mixer when we do live shows and because he is familiar with our sound I think "RRROOOAAARRR" has the right feeling, the right atmosphere.
- Blacky / Voivod interview, Blackthorn magazine, 1986

The front cover of our new album features the new Voivod, who now is a biomechanical one. We were looking for a title to remain the concept, something original. The four of us were wondering what kind of a sound this war machine that exterminates everything could make and then we came up with this one- "RRROOOAAARRR". That's a roaring and that's the sound of the new Voivod when he is in motion.
- Blacky / Voivod interview, Blackthorn magazine, 1986

If you are a looser or just a fuckin' wimp... FUCK OFF & DIE!!