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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.

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.

On October 20th at Le Métropolis in Montreal, QC, Black Label Society front man, guitar God and all around awesome dude, Zakk Wylde, sat down for a candid one-on-one with PureGrainAudio’s Mitch Lafon. The two talk at length about BLS’ last album, The Song Remains Not The Same, Zakk’s book, “Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination”, and much more. Zakk his usual humorous and charming self, and elaborated on the rumoured Pantera reunion that would feature Zakk on guitar, his love for Deep Purple and his new Guitar Apprentice series.

Black Sabbath is hands down one of the most influential bands of all time. I dare say without their innovative and at times inventive style, metal as we know it wouldn’t exist. I have been a fan of Sabbath for just about all of my life and when I was asked to review this I was more than happy to oblige. For the past year or so Eagle Rock has been releasing DVDs that go behind the scenes and document the making of some of the greatest albums ever.