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Journey Back To ‘Dimension Hatross’ With New Voivod Guitar Tab Book
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Voivod Dimension Hatross song book

I just saw that Canadian metal band Voivod is putting out a song book which will include guitar and bass tablature for their 1988 album Dimension Hatröss.

Since it’s a slow news holiday weekend and I know about 10 people who would want this, including me as well as the man I’m married to, I thought I’d mention it here and alert you that pre-order is available for this item right now. The tab book, which has transcriptions by current Voivod guitarist Dan “Chewy” Mongrain, will start shipping on May 1, 2012 and has a limited quantity of 100, so if you want it, jump on it now.

Here’s the description of it from the product page:

Bass and guitar transcription of the 4th album of the band, Dimension Hatross(1988), by actual Voivod guitar player Dan”chewy”Mongrain. One of the most influential and innovative progressive metal album immortalized on paper with standard notation and tablature. Dissonant chords,complex arrangements of twisted parts and dialogue between guitar and bass invites you into a psychedelic journey through the musical autopsy of this epic concept album. Enjoy the trip!

Dimension Hatröss, the band’s fourth album, was a massive departure musically from their initial records released between 1984 and 1987, and was heavily influenced by progressive and psychedelic rock while still maintaining the band’s heavy sound. And those aforementioned “dissonant chords” were thanks to original guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, who died from colon cancer in the summer of 2005 at the young age of 45.

I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to write about Voivod here at Geeks of Doom, so allow me to take this rare moment to tell you that they are one of my favorite ’80s metal thrash bands and Dimension Hatröss is my favorite of all their albums and is one of my favorite thrash albums. I’ve seen the band play live tons of times, including their support tour for Dimension Hatröss (with then-newcomers Vio-lence as the openers), as well as several times on their 1990 headline tour which had the barely known Soundgarden opening for them, along with Faith No More (who had only just scored with their big hit “Epic,” but were relative unknowns when they were booked on this tour to support Voivod). I also saw them perform a few times with Metallica’s Jason Newsted on bass in 2003, including at that year’s Ozzfest.

Aside from their thrash metal sounds, the lyrical content of their songs usually dealt with scifi themes of futuristic worlds, post-nuclear fallout, interstellar space travel, aliens, time travel, and the threats of technology, most of which are told through stories of their character, the Voivod, who originated as a post-nuclear vampire from the warring land of Morgoth. Dimension Hatröss is a scifi concept album which sees the Voivod’s experiment creating a parallel micro-galaxy to which he then travels to. There, he meets primitive cultures and psychic entities while on a quest to gain knowledge and power in the eight phases of the scientific project known as “Dimension Hatröss.” After his arrival from the skies has the primitive culture deem the Voivod a deity, the story progresses into a tale of holy war, chaos, terrorism, oppression, mind-control, psychic energy transference, and destruction.

If you’re a fan of Voivod, then you most likely have Dimension Hatröss in heavy rotation already. If you’ve never heard of Voivod, then let me put things in perspective for you by saying that in their early years they toured with fellow Canadians Anvil, who most people now know of thanks to the critically acclaimed documentary, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil (although, in my opinion, Voivod is better categorized with their other contemporaries Kreator, Destruction, and Celtic Frost). If you like metal, but aren’t familiar with Voivod’s music, then I suggest you pick up Dimension Hatröss [CD | MP3], which includes their cover of the 1960’s Batman television show theme song, and its follow-up Nothingface, which includes the band’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine” [looks like the CD is out of circulation – WTF?! – but you can get it through third-party sellers]. I also highly recommend The Outer Limits and their 2003 self-titled album with Jason Newsted Voivod.

For details on Voivod’s upcoming album and to see a recent photo of the band’s new line-up, head on over to Blabbermouth.

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