VOIVOD have set The Multiverse as the title of their 13th studio album, which is scheduled to be recorded and mixed at The Plant in Sausalito, CA from October 13 through November 13, 2002.Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has officially confirmed his role as the group's latest addition alongside original VOIVOD vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (a.k.a. Denis D'Amour), and drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin). Jasonic (Newsted's new given moniker) will also serve as producer for the metal legends' upcoming release on the Chophouse Records label (in association with Surfdog Records). Longtime friends and pioneers of metal music, the four musicians first began working together at Newsted's Chophouse studio in 1995, intent on keeping the music alive between busy touring schedules. However, with his recent departure from METALLICA in January 2001, Newsted was free to work on a myriad of projects, which could now be more than just hobbies. Commented Newsted: "Those who know VOIVOD respect VOIVOD around the globe! This is the new beginning for all of us. We're the same age, raised on the same music. We've been through a lot of similar situations. All four of us are having such a good time writing our metal music together, in one room — bashing it out, it's real again!!" The Multiverse is tentatively due to be issued on March 4th, 2003. In other news, contrary to previous reports, VOIVOD will NOT be touring North America during January/February as part of a five-band package also featuring NILE, NAPALM DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and THE BERZERKER. Instead, the quartet are planning on embarking on a headlining tour of the U.S. and Europe shortly following the album's release.