Newsted
Metal


3.5
great

Review

by lostforwords USER (35 Reviews)
January 24th, 2013 | 30 replies | 5,241 views


Release Date: 01/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sludgy and raw, Newsted's creative side is exciting enough to leave you hungry for more

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Maybe it was the millions of dollars thrown on his feet that made the alienation more tolerable, or maybe it was the gratitude for being a part of his favorite band, but whatever the reasons, we know now Newsted was never actually happy with Metallica’s “3+1 members” attitude. When he left the band and joined Canadian pop superstars (yeah right) Voivod, it was clear that Newsted would finally only settle for the whole group experience; he was a headbanger as much as a professional. From Doomsday for the Deceiver and his little attributes in songs like My Friend of Misery, to his aid towards Sepultura in Hatred Aside, there was everywhere an implication that Newsted might not have been a wonder kid, but he surely was much more talented than Metallica let him show.

Now, more than 11 years after his departure from the aforementioned metal mammoths, Newsted releases his first material in years, under the name “Newsted” and in the form of a power trio. Paradoxically, for someone who has proudly declared his preference towards thrash metal, this EP (“Metal”) sounds much closer to Newsted’s earliest roots than to any of that 80’s hellfire that thrash was. In Metal, he shows his love for the sludgy heaviness Sabbath mastered, just as well as his love for the rawness and higher tempos Motorhead cherished. And yes, there is also a little Metallica in there, because there is still a little Metallica in Newsted and a lot of Motorhead and Sabbath in Metallica. Maybe it’s because of the common influences, maybe it’s because of Newsted’s voice, which sounds as if Lemmy swallowed Hetfield, or maybe it’s because of the vulgar, uncalculated riffs, the shocking beat-downs and the sadistic directness that he pulls out of his bag of tricks. Whatever the case might be, Newsted as a band, probably coincidentally, sound like they could share the stage with bands like High on Fire. Even better, they sound as if they could blast ‘em off, that’s the amount of energy and explosiveness “Metal” releases.

Newsted sounds really happy to be part of a band that can actually be called a band, creating music that can more effectively be delivered live. But lest we forget, he is also a professional. This entire rawness doesn’t prevent him from writing actual songs. And this is where being a talented good-old thrasher really pays off; he is able to make a catchy vocal melody out of three single notes. As a result, with the exception of Godsnake which is only average and maybe one or two instances where the repetitiveness might get a little out of hand, Metal features great material that sticks to your head. Not only that, but it also leaves you hungry for more. Oh well, it was about time Newsted set free his more creative side, and there is definitely more to come from him. Metal proves that we have every reason to expect nothing but the best.



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Definitely a good EP to hear if you miss the classic "Metallica" thrash. Jason Newsted is back, stro...


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GiaNXGX
January 24th 2013



4867 Comments


what a creative album title, next time i stumble upon a progressive rock blog i'll try to find an album named 'progressive music'

XingKing
January 24th 2013



9072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I love this man and this EP did not disappoint.

YankeeDudel
January 24th 2013



9291 Comments


damn this guy is still goin huh

Digging: Ravi Shankar - Three Ragas

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2013



5613 Comments


Awesome review, pos.


on his feetthat

feet that



Canadian pop superstars (yeah right) Voivod

haha delete the "yeah right" part, Target Earth is currently resting among Sputnik's popular albums.



Maybe it’s because of the common influences, maybe it’s because of Newsted’s voice, which sounds as if Lemmy swallowed Hetfield, or maybe it’s because of the vulgar, uncalculated riffs, the shocking beat-downs and the sadistic directness that he pulls out of his bag of tricks, but Newsted as a band, probably coincidentally, sound like they could share the stage with bands like High on Fire

It kinda reads like a run-on sentence.

Maybe it’s because of the common influences, maybe it’s because of Newsted’s voice, which sounds as if Lemmy swallowed Hetfield, or maybe it’s because of the vulgar, uncalculated riffs, the shocking beat-downs and the sadistic directness that he pulls out of his bag of tricks. Whatever the case may be, Newsted sound like they could share the stage with bands like High on Fire.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

manosg
January 24th 2013



4693 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't listened to this ep yet. Metallica really screwed up with Newsted though, he has been having a descent career. Good review, pos.

Digging: Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013



19528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised by this


Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing for Us Here

lostforwords
January 24th 2013



439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Voivod
Thanks for the suggestions, I fixed everything. I won't touch the "yeah right" part, however it's more than a welcome surprise that Target Earth is so popular right now

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2013



5613 Comments


I was mostly joking about the "real part" thing, it needed a comment at least.

lostforwords
January 24th 2013



439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hehe yeah I know, I just also wanted to comment on how surprised I am that record goes so well

Strider
January 24th 2013



4598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"maybe it’s because of Newsted’s voice, which sounds as if Lemmy swallowed Hetfield"

made me chuckle.

Good review. I can dig this

dammets
January 24th 2013



2035 Comments


Newsted and cliff were the only cool guys metallica ever had

Geadom
January 24th 2013



2689 Comments


Whoa, nice review, Pos. But it did read like a 4, not 3.5, IMO. Have to check this.

wakeupdead
January 24th 2013



2196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Maybe it was the millions of dollars thrown on his feet that made the alienation more tolerable"

You mean squillions lol sweet review!

NonApplicable
February 5th 2013



1826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really surprised this is any good.

XingKing
February 5th 2013



9072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Jamming this right now. Being all metal and stuff m/

XingKing
March 5th 2013



9072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I made the devil sell his soul
....
I am the king!

thumbcrusher
March 5th 2013



3546 Comments


(KING OF THE UNDERDOGS)

NeoSpaz
March 7th 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is suprisingly good. Looking like a 3.5

Damn, damn, damn

demigod!
March 7th 2013



40970 Comments


lol oh jay

InbredJed
March 21st 2013



5240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review, I'm gonna get this



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