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Newsted is the solo endeavor of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. He wrote these songs on an iPad before fleshing them out with his power trio, which features drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. (formerly of The Napoleon Blownaparts) and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth. The opening “Soldierhead” was meant to be a tip of the hat to U.S. soldiers; in the lyrics Newsted also tries to fathom what it must be like for the young members of the American military to fight in a desert with bombs going off all around them and bullets whizzing by. Fans of early Metallica are sure to appreciate Newsted’s return to hard-driving speed metal. Parts of “Soldierhead” closely recall certain songs from Metallica’s fourth studio album, …And Justice for All, save for a more audible bass mix. Newsted warns against judging his character in the venomous lyrics to “Godsnake,” which plays a little longer and a little slower than “Soldierhead.” His prowess as a bassist surfaces in the punchy “King of the Underdogs” before “Skyscraper” closes with towering, Sabbathy sludge.

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This actually sounds better than anything Metallica has put out lately.


HELL YEAH!! It's about time Jason put something like this out! These songs have an old school metal vibe with enough newness to them to make them sound fresh. I think Jason is finally about to step out of the shadow of MetallicA and establish himself as an awesome metal artist in his own right. Way to go Jason, keep up the great work!

Metallica's missing link

If your wondering what happened to Metallica, listen to these four songs....Not hard to figure out.


Born: March 4, 1963

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Spearheaded by its namesake, former Metallica (and Voivod, Ozzy Osbourne, Flotsam and Jetsam, etc.) bassist Jason Newsted, Newsted is a heavy metal trio formed in 2012. Handling bass and vocals duties himself, Newsted recruited drummer Jesus Mendez, Jr., whom he met during his time with Metallica and EchoBrain, with guitarist Jessie Farnsworth to fill out his eponymous power trio. The band didn't waste any time, setting to work writing and recording later that year,...
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