VOIVOD (1982–PRESENT). Denis “Snake” Belanger (vocals, replaced by Eric Forrest, then Belanger), Denis “Piggy” D’Amour (guitar), Jean-Yves Theriault (bass, then Eric Forrest, now Jason Newsted), Michael Langevin (drums).
Voivod had among the most unique sound of metal bands of the past twenty years, mixing metal with jazz and prog rock influences and creating a new sound that inspired many newer bands. The band formed in Canada in 1982 and soon established themselves as one of the weirdest and most experimental metal bands in history, putting out twisted metal records such as Rrroooaaarrr and the classic Killing Technology. Eventually the band went downhill when Belanger left and was replaced by Forrest for a while, but things improved when Forrest left and was replaced by Belanger and Jason Newsted (of Metallica) on bass.
The band called it quits in 2005 when guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour died of cancer but have continued to release new material in subsequent years. Snake also contributed the instantly recognizable Voivod style artwork of the cover of the Dave Grohl–led Probot project on which Snake sang the song “Dictatosaurus.
Discography: War and Pain (Metal Blade, 1984); Thrashing Rage EP (Noise International/ Combat, 1986); Rrröööaaarrr (Noise International/Combat, 1986); Killing Technology (Noise International/Combat, 1987); Dimension Hatr^osss (Noise International, 1988); Nothingface (Mechanic/MCA, 1989); Angel Rat (Mechanic, 1991); The Outer Limits (Mechanic/MCA, 1993); Negatron (Mausoleum/ BMG, 1995); Phobos (Hypnotic, 1997); Voivod (Chophouse/Surfdog, 2003); Katorz (Nuclear Blast Records/The End Records, 2006); Infini (Relapse, 2009).