Canadian metal pioneers VOIVOD have issued the following update:
"We are putting finishing touches on the yet-to-be-named new [VOIVOD] record, due this spring. Jason Newsted [a.k.a. Jasonic; ex-METALLICA, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM] ended up playing on all the bass tracks and plans to have Eric [Forrest; former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist] and Blacky [real name: Jean-Yves Theriault; original VOIVOD bassist] also play on it were put aside for another project down the road. This album will mark the end of the VOIVOD songs Piggy [late VOIVOD guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour, who died in August 2005 from colon cancer] wrote and performed. There are other songs from Piggy yet to be released, that he wrote for himself and other projects.
"We will release a DVD of our first-ever performance in Japan, featuring all early VOIVOD material with Blacky on bass and Dan Mongrain [MARTYR] on guitar.
"We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Adrian Bromley, who was up until recently VOIVOD's publicist at The End Records for the past four years. His enthusiasm and knowledge of music and all things metal will be sorely missed.
"More news and artwork to be posted soon."
Professionally filmed video footage of VOIVOD performing the song "Voivod" on September 20, 2008 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan can be viewed below. The band was in Japan taking part in the two-night Thrash Domination 2008 event alongside TESTAMENT and FORBIDDEN.
VOIVOD made its trimphant return to the stage on June 22, 2008 in front of 22,500 fans as part of the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The group was joined by original bass player Jean-Yves Theriault ("Blacky") for the first time in 17 years. Dan Mongrain from the Quebec band MARTYR, a good friend of the band, played guitar. Songs from the early catalogue were the focus for the Heavy MTL set, including VOIVOD's cover of the PINK FLOYD classic "Astronomy Domine", which closed the show before the band took a bow center stage and shared a group hug.
VOIVOD 2008 (photo courtesy of Voivod.net):