8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2007
I remember seeing the rather bizarre video for "Tribal Convictions" on one of those Rock Video shows that used to be on ITV at ridiculous times in the morning - you know the ones: Hosted by somebody like the buxomly clad Jakki Lynn (sp.?) that were always something to watch whilst chomping on your kebab after coming in from the pub. Anyway - I digress.
I thought "What a tune!" and rushed out to buy the album as soon as it hit the shelves. At the time I wasn't really into the thrashier side of the metal scene but this stood out amongst its counterparts due to its amazing musicality and incredible lyrics. What you have here, ladies and gentlemen, just as you thought they were becoming incredibly unfashionable, is a good old fashioned Concept Album. Following the story of our hero as he travels through a particle accelerator (no laughing at the back!) and the strange lifeforms he meets along the way, the record is fast, furious and downright fascinating. It sounds like a nightmare, but the only horror here is conjured up in the fantastic lyrics. And the musicianship is far and away better than was on the thrash/hardcore scene at the time.
I can still listen to this record nearly 20 years later and it still gets the juices flowing.
Highly recommended to anybody who likes a touch of sci-fi with their metal and more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2002
If you don't have this in your collection already........what are you waiting for?? Dimension Hatross was a key album in Voivod's career, seeing them shift their writing from industrial/thrash to full on physchedelia (but make no mistakes this is still a very heavy album).
Tracks like "tribal Convictions" are now considered classics of the genre.Still not sure? Go on take a chance,if you like your metal heavy and original, you won't be dissappointed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2014
When this album came in 1988 nothing sounded like this... in fact, to this very day, nothing sounds this way. Voivod is a band which managed to break thrash metal monotony and create a sound of their own, a concept for their music where everything came together (covers, lyrics, the chaotic but at the same time virtuoso musicianship). This album marks a definite inclination towards the progressive elements which will then predominate in Nothing Face. If you like predictable, one to three type of metal, this will most certainly not be your cup of tea. If you like experimental music, and if you are willing to be carried away to the mysterious land of Morgoth by the hand of Korgull the exterminator, in a trip full of dystopian delirium and demented riffs, then go ahead and get this. It is actually a brilliant album, musically and conceptually speaking. My favourite song? "Macrosolutions to Megaproblems". It is just unbelievable, incredible.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2004
You only need one voi vod album and it is dimension hatross. The songs seem like absolute chaos on first listen but the more you listen the more you realise it is actually intended chaos. The musicianship on offer is of an incredibly high standard and piggy's guitar tone has to be heard to be believed. The songs themselves are fantastic. Not really a band for the catchy sing along chorus, more sheer energy and violence. Ignore the progrock overtones of the story and just turn the volume up to ten to hear the intensity on offer. Slipknot? schoolgirls compared to this sonic metal mayhem.
Ironically it was the success of this album that lead to the bands undoing. It was recieved with some acclaim at the time and also quite a bit of sales success (for voi vod) so they decided to adopt the safe and lame songwriting approach that was to ruin every single album that followed dimension hatross.