Newsted
Heavy Metal Music


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (61 Reviews)
August 21st, 2013 | 14 replies


Release Date: 08/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Newsted is back with a full-length debut that builds from the Metal EP and lives up to its incredibly bone-headed title

Even though bassist Jason Newsted was Metallica’s butt monkey for the better part of fourteen years, Cliff Burton may be the only member in its history with a more favorable reputation. In addition to not having contributed much to Metallica’s commercial period, he also proved his chops through his stint in Voivod among other projects. Now with the recruitment of Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, Newsted is back with a full-length debut that builds from the Metal EP and lives up to its incredibly bone-headed title.

To answer everyone’s questions right off the bat, this doesn’t sound all that much like Metallia. Newsted’s vocals do have their Hetfieldisms and the music has traits of …And Justice For All and the Loads if you squint a little, but the songwriting and instrumental performances are much more basic in comparison. Albums like Megadeth’s Youthanasia and the last few by Testament make for more accurate comparisons though Motorhead is definitely the leading influence if the gruff vocals and distorted bass are anything to go by.

And when you take Newsted’s extreme meat and potatoes goal in mind, it is rather interesting to see how diverse this effort can be. While it’s presented under a groovy traditional metal umbrella, each side seems to have a certain style to it. Just as tracks like the opening “Heroic Dose” and “Soldierhead” guarantee an upbeat first half, the second half has a doomier direction as “Nocturnus” and “Kindevillusion” offer slower tempos and “Twisted Tail Of The Comet” has a strong stoner groove. There are also a few melodic moments as seen on “Above All” and “King Of The Underdogs.”

But with the variety taken into consideration, Heavy Metal Music isn’t as dynamic as it could’ve been. Newsted’s voice is stronger than expected but his limited range runs the risk of sounding monotonous at times. A few songs do make one wonder how they would’ve turned out with someone like Chuck Billy on the mic and a more skilled backing band in tow, but the overall package is still more competent.

Overall, Newsted’s Heavy Metal Music lives up to its name by serving as your “typical” metal release. The variety offers a lot of promise and the performances allow for consistency, but there is also room to develop from here. It’d be great to see Newsted experiment with their style and try some different vocal techniques, but I may be just as happy with a more creative title. Sometimes that extra effort can make a world of difference.

Current Highlights:
“Heroic Dose”
“Soldierhead”
“Above All”
“Twisted Tail Of The Comet”
“Kindevillusion”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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Mister Twister
August 21st 2013


1672 Comments


so its a jazz band right

Cipieron
August 21st 2013


3508 Comments


this review is bad. first two sentences are almost nonsensical

Cipieron
August 21st 2013


3508 Comments


"Even though bassist Jason Newsted was Metallica’s butt monkey for the better part of fourteen years, Cliff Burton may be the only member in its history with a more favorable reputation."


...........wut


"In addition to not having contributed much to Metallica’s commercial period, he also proved his chops through his stint in Voivod among other projects."


...........wut


is it just me or do neither of those sentences first halves have nothing to do with the second?

Cipieron
August 21st 2013


3508 Comments


"And when you take Newsted’s extreme meat and potatoes goal in mind, it is rather interesting to see how diverse this effort can be."



a 'meat and potatoes' goal being diverse makes no fucking sense.

Mister Twister
August 21st 2013


1672 Comments


I think it's just worded oddly. He's saying that though Newsted serves as a kind of whipping boy for the members of the band, the rest of the metal community holds him in higher regard than his bandmates. The reason for this reputation being superior is due to his involvement with Voivod, a band held in much higher regard than Metallica.

TheSpaceMan
August 21st 2013


2513 Comments


Yeah this review is really contradictive and hard to follow, and it uses the same sentence structure throughout. not neg worthy or anything though

titanslayer
August 21st 2013


1896 Comments


Try to explain it like we don't know anything about the band. And describe why you like (or dislike it) in better detail.

XingKing
October 8th 2013


10855 Comments


I am just now getting around to hearing this after having enjoyed the EP

emprorzurg
October 21st 2013


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm totally digging this album, it's good to hear Newsted actually sing rather than bark like he did when he was with Metallica

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted plays the roles of lead vocalist, bassist & producer on 'Heavy Metal Music'; the debut LP of his new band Newsted. While the metal influences on show are undoubtedly varied, they all give off an old-school vibe which is simplistic in a good way. The front-man's snarling rasp fits the sound well, while just enough melody exists to hook listeners in. Nothing here is ground-breaking & the repetitive 2nd half falters due to the album being too long for its own good, but this is an otherwise solid - & strangely likable - listen. Recommended Tracks: King of the Underdogs, ...As the Crow Flies, Soldierhead & Futureality.

InbredJed
October 25th 2013


6074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really dug the EP, didn't know this came out afterwards, so I'm excited to check this!

thumbcrusher
April 17th 2014


3596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really cool album, feels somewhere between 3.5-4 but king of the underdogs nudges it up for now

XingKing
June 21st 2014


10855 Comments


I am the king of the underdogs, you know that's my name

InbredJed
June 21st 2014


6074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

DUN DUN, DUNG UDNGUADNGDINGNDGN!!

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