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Voivod Concert Revew – 3/17/10

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March 17, 2010


Live at Red 7, Austin, TX

Voivod.  Usually when I hear the name all I can think of is the song Cockroaches.  I was never a big fan.  Their breed of techno-thrash was just a tad too rough for my ears.  Then came Nothingface, Angelrat and Outer Limits.  Those album were a little more melodic and I’ve always liked them a lot.  I’ve gone back and tried listening to stuff like Killing Technology and Rooooaaaaarrrr but it does nothing for me.

I found out a month or so ago that Voivod was coming to Austin to play the SxSW.  Even with me not being a big fan, I’ve never seen them live so I figured I’d go.

I’m so glad that I did.

After leaving another show where LA Guns and Faster Pussycat were getting ready to go on, I ventured over a few blocks to Red 7.  This whole show was part of the Relapse Records showcase.   I caught the last song by a band called Tombs.  Forgettable stuff for me.  Saw a good friend up front and weasled my way to stand next to him at the front of the stage.

As the band got set up, there was a short comedy set by metalhead comedian Brian Posehn.  It was pretty funny.  The

Brian Posehn

energy in the room was pretty good.  Lots of people there to see Voivod.  It was cool to see their real fans there.

After Posehn’s set, the band comes out and fires into the song Voivod.  The crowd went apeshit.  So did I.  The setlist was right in front of me and I only knew maybe 3 songs.  Cockroaches wasn’t on the set and the only thing from the 3 albums I liked was their cover of Pink Floyd’s Astronomy Domine.  But it didn’t matter.  They sounded great.  They were lively.  The crowd loved it. They added one extra song but I don’t know what it was.

Some minor mosh pit action happening behind me.  There were a

Boot to the head...Metal, sometimes we bleed for it.

few stagedivers, one of which kicked me in the head and drew blood.  He was just some hipster douche who I don’t think even knew who Voivod was, he just wanted to be “cool” and stage dive like the other 2 dudes did.  I wasn’t really pissed about it but I found him after the show and put the fear of god in him.  I think he almost pissed himself.  I told him if he was still there when I turned around that I was going to kick his ass.  He took off.  Funny.  Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t have a violent bone in my body.  Luckily my looks and my size are intimidating to most people that I don’t get bothered much.

Blacky and new guitarist Dan Mongrain, from the Canadian band Martyr, both handed me a pick.  Pretty cool and good ones to add to my collection.

Blacky and Dan's picks

Blacky and Dan's picks

I got to see a good local friend that I haven’t seen in a while as well, and that’s always a good thing.  VoiVod is playing 2 more FREE shows this weekend within walking distance of my place, so I will try and check them out.  I sort of regret not going to see last night’s Motorhead show as I heard it was a small crowd.  Oh well.

Below are some pics from the show.  Enjoy.  I sure did.




Dan Mongrain


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March 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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  1. […] The Metal Files My Life. My Music. Your Voyeurism. « Voivod Concert Revew – 3/17/10 […]

  2. nice post.

    VOIVOD are one of my all-time fav. bands.

    *I started to get (“luke-warm”) into them around “Killing Technology” (hated everything before that). K.T. was even rough around the edges but hinted at something special.

    Then “Dimension Hatross” …holy crap. I WAS into the techno + thrash elements and they were simply amazing LIVE that tour! Was able to see them at Bogart’s in Cinci Ohio.

    Funny story:

    I ended up meeting them and hanging out at a bar across the street,which was 1 half bar and 1 half laundromat! I will never forget their faces when they were trying to figure out where in the hell I took them and or what was going on! I was a bit puzzled (and tanked myself).

    You have to remember they did not speak English that well back then (French – Canadian of course).

    Weird coincidence regarding your post timing. I was not aware they were playing SXSW this year. And I just found my negatives for the concert + backstage pics I shot that night.

    However, they were sepia tone film and the d’ bags printed them in color -which turned out GREEN since they were sepia tone negatives!

    So I leave the negatives and green pics (which was the logo and “band” colours that year on the LP oddly enough and other stuff live…namely Blackie’s pants)!

    I go back to pick them up and I look through them and 60% of the prints have a scratch through them! aarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh. Your killing me….yup, the chic over there ruined my negatives and they are scratched now.

    What a bummer story eh’ (pun-intended)!

    That’s some knick on yer’ head bro! yikes…hope you drank some Moosheads after that!

    **I also got to see them on their excellent “Nothingface” tour as well. Another freakin’ AMAZING show, simply flawless in my book!!!

    I am still a fan even though some of their output has been slightly “hit-or-miss”. However, their “off” days and material is usually better than most bands “on” days and or top material.

    Dig those black(ie) pics too!



    March 21, 2010 at 1:52 am

  3. You definitely “took one” for the “cause of Metal”!! You actually look like you are coming out of a WWE match in that pic. That scuff looks nasty, it’s very, very cool it wasn’t worse.

    It’s a great read, this rundown of the show you have here, the pics are excellent! Those guitar picks are a classic souvenir too!

    I remember buying “Killing Technology” just for the artwork on the front cover, then when I listened to Voivod I was sold. I always liked the fastest and heaviest stuff anyways, plus they were truly unique for back then. That’s a cool shirt that Snake is wearing.


    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

  4. funny the 2nd time I broke my nose was at a lemonheads show (i know not very metal but a good band) when I caught a boot to the face from a 14 year old girl who was crowd surfing.


    April 1, 2010 at 6:37 am

  5. the shame about ray album was great!

    Sean (The Metal Files)

    April 1, 2010 at 6:38 am

  6. […] – 3/17/10 Official footage from the Relapse Records Showcase in Austin, TX, 3/17/10.  My review can be found here.  At 59:20ish in the video you can see the douche that jumped and kicked me in the head.    At […]

  7. […] with a guitar company that he works for. I also ran into the VoiVod guys who remembered me from a SxSW show a few years back when I got my head cut open by a stage […]

  8. […] first time I ever saw Voivod live was during SxSW 2010, and there was blood.  I was a latecomer to them and really prefer their middle-era of Nothingface, Angel Rat and Outer […]

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