20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

The year's wildest, smartest, most intense heavy music


Voivod, 'Target Earth'

Voivod, "Target Earth"
Courtesy of Century Media Records

No way Target Earth should have worked as well as it does. 32 years in, these French-Canadian prog-metal titans make their first album since the year 2005 death of guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour and bring back O.G.  bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault. It should have exploded on takeoff. And yet, boom, Earth annihilated by planet-busting riffs and the band's signature, recombinant touches — head-scratching thrash, knuckle dragging dirge, elliptical structures, and singer Snake's deep-focus odd streak. Long may they rrröööaaarrr. 

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