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Studio Album, released in 1987

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1. Killing Technology (7:33)
2. Overreaction (4:45)
3. Tornado (6:02)
4. Too Scared to Scream (4:14)
5. Forgotten in Space (6:10)
6. Ravenous Medicine (4:23)
7. Order of the Blackguards (4:28)
8. This Is Not an Exercise (6:18)
9. Cockroaches (3:40)

Total Time: 47:33

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Yves Theriault / bass
- Denis d'Amour / guitar
- Michel Langevin / drums
- Denis Belanger / vocals

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FAD / Noise Records

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VOIVOD Killing Technology ratings distribution


4.00
(100 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
28%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by slipperman
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5 stars Beware! Th 5-star rating is based on the band as a progressive thrash band, and is not necessarily mandatory for every progrock fan. But to give it any less credit would be an insult, as 'Killing Technology' was one of the first two metal albums from the heavier end of the genre to stretch the boundaries and defy all limitations (the other being Celtic Frost's avant-garde 'Into The Pandemonium', also 1987). Plus it holds up well after all these years, still remaining as vital and vicious as the day it came out.

Opening with the sound of some kind of space vessel warming up, then a computerized voice confirming "We are connected.", Voivod launches into a fury of bizarre guitar-chords, jumbled rhythms and urgent vocals. The dirty, out-of-control approach of previous albums is still here, but it has been meticulously reconstituted and molded into a thing of damaging authority. Everything is ultra-tight, even when at the rhythmic breaking point ("Too Scared To Scream" being the most abstract arrangement, a song I still don't quite understand). Riffs-and-rhythms merge into one massive whole, especially within "Ravenous Medicine", "Tornado" and the staccato attacks in the climactic point of "Order Of The Blackguards". Arrangements are not only ambitious but innovative, especially considering the thrash world Voivod came from and were quickly evolving away from. At a little over 6 minutes, "Forgotten In Space" constitutes the most satisfying journey on the album, weaving through myriad threads in hyperspace, indeed lost and frightened, every new riff bettering the last one, a really tight sense of structure within the adventure and chaos. And once again, while the other 3 members operate at a high level of intellect and intuition, it is guitarist Piggy who propels the Voivod machine toward new and interesting sounds, devising a multitude of strange guitar chords that would become the perplexing focal point of the band's unique aura. His technique didn't always rely on the tired bar-chord methods of metal, preferring distinctly diminished angular figures, achieving those ideas with lots of open chords and the use of (gasp!) all 6 guitar strings in each chord's construction.

At the time it would seem Voivod could go no further.where could they possibly go? But this was just the beginning of their ultra-progressive take on metal. If this was a futuristic thrash album, their next one was without any time/space/genre boundaries whatsoever.

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Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Review by 1800iareyay
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4 stars Killing Technology marked the beginning of Voivod's classic era, which ended with Angel Rat, though the group has had other successes. This album, along with Dimension Hatross and the band's magnum opus Nothingface, is a concept piece about the sci-fi journeys of a creature called the Voivod. The concept is a little thin but individual song lyrics are quite strong.

Michel "Away" Langevin's drumming is powerful and subtley complex, though not dizzingly so. He also designed the album artwork like he would for later releases.

Denis "Snake" Belanger's vocals are much improved over the first two albums as he now mixes clean vocals with his mad barks.

Jean-Yves "Blacky"Theriault's bass is very reminiscient of Chris Squire's, and he provides a more than solid rythmn, and his countermelodies are, to me, the second most progressive contribution to the band.

And now the the most progressive contribution to the band. Denis "Piggy" D'Amour is an unsung hero in the world of rock. His fretwork is incredible, though he does not shred wildly. His chord progressions are beyond compare, because unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries in the thrash field, Piggy uses every string and every fret in his weaving lines.

The album opens with pod bay door beeps and a robot voice before the band enters. This sets the stage for the weirdest album in thrash up to that point (the weirdness would later be matched by future Voivod releases). The original album tracks are all great, though the two new additions, Too Scared to Scream and Cockroaches, fail to match the strength of the album though they're not bad. On tracks like Order of the Blackguards, Blacky's and Piggy's separate melodies come together briefly, only to break away as quickly.

Highlights are: Killing Technology, Tornado, Order of the Blackguards, yet every track is at least good. They're are enough falws to keep it from being a classic, but fans of thrash, prog metal, or even art rock would do well to give this a try

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Posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Review by FruMp
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4 stars Paranoid progressive thrash.

VOIVOD are a very unique band who have a very distinctive sound like no other and on Killing Technology we see the refinement and extrapolation of this sound with outstanding results. The music of VOIVOD would be best described as angular although that term has been misused and abused in recent years it perfectly describes the sound of the band with the amazing syncopated drums of Michel Langevin, the beefy bass work of Jean-Yves Theriault, the schizophrenic screams of Denis 'Snake' Belanger and the trademark atonal chord riffing of Denis 'Piggy' d'Amour all weave their wires together to create a malevolent android of sound.

"We are connected..." so the album begins with the stellar title track 'Killing Technology' with a furious technical pace and some great riffs. 'Forgotten in space' is another highlight with a more mysterious feel and a neck-breaking tempo change featuring the best solo on the album and on that note Piggy's solos are great they mix many different influences, from his own dissonant style to neo-classical tapping to heavy blues licks while always retaining his warped sense of melody. The grim 'Order of the Blackguards' is another great song, probably one of the darkest on the album.

Killing Technology is a fantastic album, being a thrash fan I can't give it any less than 5 stars, it's one of the most crazy and original thrash albums ever made and keep in mind it was released relative early on the thrash timeline, not everyone will appreciate this, it's very hard to digest and come to terms with and understand and I know I barely do but it's very rewarding once things start making sense, recommended to fans of technical and progressive thrash, fans of bands like CORONER, WATCHTOWER and MEKONG DELTA will enjoy this one immensely.

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Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Killing Technology marked the beginning of a triology of perfect prog metal with science fiction lyrics: Killing Technology, Dimension Hatröss and Nothingface. These releases are so progressive in nature that no other band has ever sounded like this. Away delivery of Strange abrupt rythms, Blacky with his famous distorted bass, Snake´s snarling punk delivery ( pretty melodic at times), and Piggy´s strangely beautiful guitarchords.

From the first robotic voice saying "We are connected" over a bib bib sound to the last song "This Is Not an Exercise"( this review is excluding the two bonus CD songs "Too Scared to Scream" and "Cockroaches", I am listening to my old worn out LP), this album is a journey into a sci-fi world, with a feeling of impending doom. It´s dark and brutal ( not death metal brutal) with a lot of climaxes spread throughout the whole album.

It was so inspiring and refreshing to hear this kind of music in 1987, that the reviewers had a hard time labelling Voivod. Voivod has both trash, punk and heavy metal influences and definitely also som prog rock leanings ( many prog head old timers will disagree when it comes to this album, but I hear something).

I´ve really tried to find something that sounds like Killing Technology, but failed, which must indicate that either I haven´t searched in the right place or this is a truly progressive album in the sense that they have created a new genre. I believe it´s the latter.

As this is a metal album from 1987, the production is not perfect, but it suits the music well. I hope some prog heads can find pleasure in this record even though it´s probably mostly for vintage metal heads.

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Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars Killing Technology is the first Voivod album where they reveal their progressive tendencies. Voivod turned out to be a very influential band, but back in 1987 this sounded downright weird and unlike anything that preceded it. It's a strange hybrid of thrash metal, punk, complex time signatures, wild song structures, chromatic guitar playing and sci-fi themes. An explosive cocktail, to say the least.

The album sounds raw, aggressive and dirty. For many people it may disguise the obvious progressive nature of this album, especially the punk attitude and aggression of the vocalist Denis Belanger ('Snake') may be off-putting at first. On later albums he added more melody and tone but here he's truly a harsh and relentless tornado.

The bass guitar is mostly distorted and vigorous, it's an important element to the grim sound. A good example is the opening of Overreaction.

The drums are fast, thrashy and slightly tribal, they have more dynamics and complexity then other thrash bands of that era but they're probably not on the level of Slayer's Dave Lombardo. The sound of the drums is my only gripe with this album, it's a bit too watery, too brittle. I think the snare has been made too reverby ('gated'). It's a typical production choice back then that makes for a big sound but that lacks attack and drowns out all subtlety.

But the signature Voivod sound is of course created by the uncrowned guitar genius Denis D'Amour ('Piggy'), one of the most original players out there in the cosmos. He's been copied a lot but his dissonant chords and bizarre chromatic progressions always remain recognizable. On later albums he would also add big spacey sounding lead guitars, but those are not very prominent yet here.

Killing Technology is not my most-played Voivod album and I started out this review with a neutral 3 stars in mind. But I was surprised at the maturity and daring complexity of the compositions. Combined with the brutal energy and vitality of the performance, 4 stars would have been more then deserved if the production had been slightly better.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Killing Technology' - Voivod (7/10)

When it comes to the fast-paced and volatile world of thrash metal, few bands have been as inventive and groundbreaking as Canada's Voivod. Also one of my favourite metal bands, it is rather remarkable to hear them go from the relatively primitive speed metal of their early records to the more dissonant and experimental thrash of what I consider to be their best albums. Their biggest transition album would be their third record, 'Killing Technology'. Although it is much less refined than the following masterpieces 'Dimension Hatross' and 'Nothingface', it sets the stage for them by presenting Voivod's exciting refurbished style, and progressive tendencies. Although the first two albums were charming enough, 'Killing Technology' is where the Voivod I love really came alive.

Hot on the heels of the band's second record 'Rrröööaaarrr', 'Killing Technology' is most notable for being the first record where Voivod decides to adopt a progressive metal sound into the thrash formula; something that was even more rare back then, than it is today. Although the fairly raw bite of the early Voivod is largely left intact, 'Killing Technology' features more complex and intricate compositions, as well as a more adventurous style of musicianship than before. Most notable and progressive in the way that Voivod plays is the excellent and startling guitar work of Denis 'Piggy' L'Amour, who remains one of my favourite rhythm guitar players ever. Heard here, he has a very unique style of riffage that relies mostly on strange chords and frantic switches that sound as if they could be rooted in space rock. As with every notable Voivod album, Piggy's guitar work remains the centerpiece of the music.

Looking back on Voivod's career, it does feel as if the follow-up 'Dimension Hatross' overpowers 'Killing Technology' in virtually all respects, taking the paranoid prog thrash sound to the level of mastery, The work here is fantastic all the same however; staying fast and energetic throughout most of the record, but throwing in surprises that keep the music interesting. Although it is usually up to Piggy (especially on this album) to make the band's sound unique, the other musicians flesh out Voivod's sound very well. Michel Langevin's drumwork here stands out, often going beyond merely keeping time and giving some killer fills to the songs. Denis Belanger's vocal work here is much less melodic than it would be in the band's future, instead revolving around a much more thrash-oriented style of screams and howls, which can get monotonous at times when compared to the much more dynamic melodic style of Belanger, but stays on par with the energy of the band. Unfortunately, Jean- Yves Thierault's bass playing isn't nearly as audible as it would be on the next two records, but it still manages to keep the rhythm section going while Piggy solos.

While not nearly as impressive as some of the material Voivod would release in the few years after this, 'Killing Technology' is an essential album in the band's development, really taking both them and the thrash metal sound to new heights that had not been yet heard before. Things still sound a bit raw and light on memorable songwriting to call 'Killing Technology' one of the best Voivod albums, but it remains a great album for the band and genre.

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Posted Sunday, June 05, 2011

Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars In the eighties thrash metal scene, of which I was a fan, in retrospect with a number of exceptions it consisted of lots of samey bands all trying to play faster than each other. One of these exceptions was Voivod, a Canadian four piece that formed in the early eighties. Killing Technology, their third album was the start of something special and remains one of their finest albums where they became more than simply just another thrash metal band.

If there was such a genre as space thrash then Voivod would be it. On Killing Technology, with its sci-fi themes the band became more progressive without sacrificing power and aggression. The music is bold, inventive, fast and very noisy. Yes, to my ears Voivod came across as one of the heaviest of the thrash metal bands, not simply relying on speed, which could stretch the heaviness of many bands a bit thin. Oh yes, they were fast but what was far more important was the riffs. In Denis "Piggy" D'Amour (sadly now deceased) they had one of the most inventive guitarists in the genre churning out brutal yet imaginative riffs one after another. They go from dark and brooding to razor sharp and fast, almost discordant at times yet nearly always compelling. The band sounds like they might fall apart at times - there's a certain looseness, it's chaotic yet it all works beautifully. Side one of my original vinyl copy has the edge where the opening title track is a peak, yet only just, the album working brilliantly as a whole.

Killing Technology is one of their best, along with follow up Dimension Hatross. By Nothingface in 1989, which is still a decent album, they were starting to smooth over the rough edges, less chaotic, which was always part of their appeal. Killing Technology remains not only one of the bands finest, but also one of the best of the eighties thrash metal scene.

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Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review by Prog Sothoth
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4 stars Through most of their catalogue, the evolution of the band seems like a gradual trajectory from thrash roots to spacey prog concerning the initial "Snake" years up from War & Pain until The Outer Limits, but their was one jagged shift that must be noted...and that is this album. Whereas Voivod's second effort was a dirtier, faster, uglier, and frankly, crappier album than the debut, Killing Technology was a complete shocker in just how different it sounded. It was as if Roooarrr! never happened, and the throaty yelps were back instead of Snake's attempt at thuggish grimy hollering, and the production values were a HUGE step up in quality. There was a lot of new things going on as well.

Piggy's guitar riffs really piled on the dissonance, which actually gave these songs an extra richness and all-encompassing vibe. The rhythms are generally fast and aided by lots of D- beat drum beats and general bashing, but there's a whole new level of complexity displayed in songs like the brilliant "Forgotten In Space" with some definitive proginess disrupting the thrash flow of the album.

It's still essentially a thrash album, but one of the most complex and intricate ones of it's time, and certainly unique not just for utilizing proggish aspects, but retaining a punkish vibe throughout the proceedings as well with Snake's snarly vocals and that aforementioned D- beat drumwork. Throw in full on dystopian sci-fi lyrics and some kickin' bluesy solos and you have an album with a whole slew of different influences forming one unique vision.

I used to own this on vinyl, which omitted the leftover tracks "Too Scared To Scream" and "Cockroaches", which honestly are the two tracks I could easily live without. The other songs, though, are killer, with "Overreaction"'s ferocity and "Forgotten In Space"s adventurousness within the thrash metal confines being essential tracks.

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Posted Friday, September 28, 2012

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4 stars This album has been a really big step forward for Voivod. It is more unique, diversified and elaborated in regard to the technical and especially lyrical quality than the first two albums. Voivod present a really cutting-edge and straight thrash metal album which has the heaviness of the earlier wor ... (read more)

Report this review (#383274) | Posted by kluseba | Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I remember in one interview Piggy said it's the first serious Voivod album. I don't know if I can consider two previous releases as not-serious albums but definitelly this one is the first progressive release from the band. The first track from this redord I've heard was Tornado. I recored that ... (read more)

Report this review (#176631) | Posted by LSDisease | Sunday, July 13, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is the archetypical VoiVod album for me. After the pure, formless aggression of its predecessor Rrröööaaarrr the band introduced song structures anew (after War and Pain), but only very slightly. The raw energy seems to tear at and bulge the confinements of the structures. But they hold and ... (read more)

Report this review (#162267) | Posted by strayfromatlantis | Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Back in '88, with their 4th LP "Dimension Hatross", Voivod usurped Celtic Frost's throne as THE pioneers in avant-garde heavy metal. But "Killing Technology" came close to doing it a year earlier against Frost's "Into the Pandemonium". This album has all of the aggression of their earlier wor ... (read more)

Report this review (#102037) | Posted by Clark Ashton | Thursday, December 07, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is were is really started. After, 2 average thrash metal albums, Voivod started to experiment, developing a particular sound made by Piggy's guitar playing. A mix of of raw thrash metal and experimental sci-fi metal that will make them famous later on. Not their best album, but a classic ... (read more)

Report this review (#101707) | Posted by vene777 | Tuesday, December 05, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Timeless, daring, strange, totally unique and one of the top five albums released during the eighties in any genre. It´s also quite brutal and in your face so if you´re into prog-lite material such as Pendragon or Dream Theater this might be a bit much to handle. Highly recommended for everyo ... (read more)

Report this review (#33870) | Posted by | Saturday, January 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars ok i rate this by 4 stars more by sentiment, it deserves 3 in fact, well maybe 3.5 but look at substance. the band still sounds extremely heavy but this time we can hear more complex chords and more complex lyrics. the best songs on the album are in my opinion, Tornado, Forgotten In Space (wi ... (read more)

Report this review (#33868) | Posted by l-s-d | Wednesday, January 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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