It is with great pleasure that I welcome Jason Newsted back into the metal fold. With the release of, Heavy Metal Music, Jason (and his band simply called Newsted) once again proves the man is a force to be reckoned with. The simple, generic catch-all title is about as accurate as you can get as this disc covers a ton of ground under the heavy metal umbrella.
Jason Newsted has announced an August 6th release date for Newsted’s forthcoming album, ‘Heavy Metal Music’. Matching and exceeding the teaser EP ‘Metal’ (which debuted at #1 on the iTunes metal chart), Newsted’s debut full-length assault, ‘Heavy Metal Music’, is likewise short on pretense and long on crushing riffs. From the throwback Sabbathian strut of “Ampossible,” the breakneck gallop of “Long Time Dead,” or the full speed ahead charge of breakout single “Above All,” the 11-song album is sure to cement the band’s place as one of metal’s strongest outfits. Staind guitarist Mike Mushok joins an already impressive fold with Jason on bass and lead vocals, guitarist Jessie Farnsworth and drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. Listen to the brand new track “Heroic Dose” below!
Bassist Jason Newsted cut his teeth with Arizona-based band Flotsam and Jetsam before heavy metal heroes Metallica came knocking at his door. With the band, he helped define a genre as Metallica reinvented metal with their widely popular Metallica album (known by most as “The Black Album”). After leaving the group, Jason set out with his own project Echobrain and eventually filled in the bassist slot with Ozzy Osbourne’s touring band, and even had a brief stint with Quebec metallers Voivod. Now Jason’s back, this time with his project Newsted. The group recently released a brilliant EP titled simply, Metal, which around the time of this interview, had just sold out. Newsted sat down with PureGrainAudio writer and Dropping The Needle Podcast host, Mitch Lafon, to discuss his storied career and what the future holds.