On the surface, trading Metallica sized arenas for Voivod’s achy joints looks like a blown play. Jason Newsted thinks otherwise. “This was the first time in a long, long time that I got to control what people hear from me,” he tells Jason Bracelin of the Cleveland Scene. Part of that control was insisting that the band eliminate the unnecessary noodling in the studio that had sabotaged Voivod’s work in the past. “If you take too long on music, with computers and all the crap that happens these days, you just have too much time to suck all the human factor out of it, and that’s something that I wanted to avoid very much,” Newsted says. “We put the band together, wrote the songs, recorded the record, mixed, and mastered it in about 55 days. In this day and age, that’s miraculous. It probably took Linkin Park 55 days to get their drum and guitar sounds down.” The full story at clevescene.com has since been removed.