Newsted and Snake Officially in Voivod
Blabbermouth.net has confirmed the previous reports and rumors of the return of original vocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger) and addition of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted to the Voivod's current recording line-up, which is completed by drummer Away (aka Michel Langevin) and guitarist Piggy (aka Denis D’Amour). In the following official statement posted on the group’s web site at www.voivod.com, Away outlines the band’s upcoming recording and touring plans:
"Early this year, VOIVOD split up. After a few months on hiatus, Denis D'Amour and Michel Langevin decided to reunite with original singer Denis Belanger, aka Snake, after a 7-year absence. VOIVOD is aiming to have a new record out in 2002 and will definitely make the summer festivals for 2002. Jason Newsted will play bass and co-produce the new studio album. A live bass player is yet to be announced. Michel Langevin and Denis D'Amour are sad to see [former bassist/vocalist] Eric [Forrest] go and treasure the music they made together but look forward to the future. They are also excited to have Jason's involvement as he has been a long time supporter and friend. There have been many obstacles, as in all careers, but the future certainly looks good for VOIVOD."
VOIVOD’s upcoming studio album will be co-produced by Brian Dobbs (i.e. Manmadegod, Echobrain), and it will likely surface in mid-2002, at the earliest.
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