The ten best metal reunion/revitalization efforts

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Aaron Thackeray

When musicians reconvene, it can often be as unpredictable as a high school reunion, but at least when band dudes get back together or merely rediscover their original inspiration, it's something to look forward to rather than dread. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best metal reunion/rivitalization efforts.

See also: The ten geekiest metal bands

10. Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue
Despite the band's immediate association with grunge, Alice In Chains still bares much of its metal roots. While the band will probably never reach the high caliber of Lane Staley, who possessed subtleties that frontman William DuVall could never emulate, finding DuVall was like replacing Bon Scott from AC/DC with Brian Johnson, who ultimately proved to be a damn good replacement.

9. Voivod - Voivod
Vocalist Denis BĂ©langer returned to the fold after ten years for this self-titled album in 2003. This album continued where 1993's The Outer Limits -- his last recording with the band -- left off, as if the two previous albums with a different lead singer didn't even exist. Voivod was a highly anticipated album, and for the most part, it was as powerful as older albums, even though it was jumbled in with a few duds.

8. Testament - The Formation of Damnation
After nine long years, The Formation of Damnation was the first album Testament let loose with new material since The Gathering in 1999. This album brought back original guitarist Alex Skolnick, who last played on 1992's The Ritual, along with bassist Greg Christian from 1994's Low. This album wasn't the necessarily the group's best effort, but its presence was definitely welcomed, and the production was cleaner production than previous albums.

7. Death Angel - The Art of Dying
The Art of Dying was Death Angel's first album with original material since 1990's Act III. With so many reformed thrash metal albums coming out with better production albums around this time, The Art of Dying was tentatively anticipated by '80s metal fans, but the record arrived like a beast in the shadow of its former glory, a skilled yet modernized amalgamation of thrash metal. Despite being away from the recording studio for so many years, Death Angel still put out a great record that deserves more than one listen through.

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