The 10 best Voivod albums ranked in order by Snake
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Québécois prog thrashers Voivod have released 13 studio albums, three live collections and two compilations since forming in 1982. But which is their best release to date? To settle any arguments, we got vocalist Denis 'Snake' Bélanger to rank his 10 personal favourites in order.
**10. VOIVOD **(Chophouse, 2003)
This was the album we did with Jason Newsted. Listening to it brings back so many wonderful memories of how we worked with him. We did it at Chophouse Studios, which Jason owned, and it was like being in a boot camp. We had so much fun, and had a great time making the album. He helped us a lot.
**9. KATORZ/INFINI **(Nuclear Blast Records, 2006/Relapse 2009)
Again, I'd put these two albums together, because both were recorded after Piggy died, but using demos he'd been working on. We didn't change anything he'd done. None of the guitar parts were altered. For us, these were significant, because they represented Piggy's final work. We wanted to pay our own homage to him and what he meant to Voivod, so we built the songs around his demos. It made these albums very spiritual.
8. NEGATRON/PHOBOS (Hypnotic Records, 1995, 1997)
I want to group these two albums together, because they feature Eric Forest on vocals, and not me. When these came out, I was really excited to hear what my friends had done with their new singer. And I was pleased for them. It was different to anything I had done. There was a unique vibe here, and I would regard them as worthwhile.
7. ANGEL RAT (Mechanic Records, 1991)
As far as I am concerned, this has always been underrated. It deserves more praise than it's ever got. I believe people were expecting something different from us, and that's why it didn't get a positive reaction at the time. But so much is happening in the music. We incorporate folk tales, weird stories and ideas. It was more psychedelic, and that put fans off. Now, it gets a much warmer response.
5. THE OUTER LIMITS (Mechanic Records, 1993)
Piggy's influence is very much all over the album. He wanted us to be more progressive, to cut down the number of songs we did and to make them a lot longer. I still find it hard to believe we did Jack Luminous, which is 17 minutes long! We did it live for the first time at Roadburn  and we were shocked at how intricate and complicated it was. It took all our concentration to get through this. But that was typical of the album – we were very much pushing ourselves.