Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Listening Post

Jason Newsted was always my favorite member of Metallica -- not simply because he was a damn good metal bass player but because he came into the band under impossible circumstances and spent the duration of his time there basically at the mercy of egomaniacal idiots like Hetfield and Ulrich. He never got a fair shake and so when he left in 2001 I was thrilled for him, even though it was obvious that it'd probably be a tough road ahead.

He spent years playing with Voivod, but now, finally, he's out on his own -- with a new band, a new EP, a shot at singing and songwriting and a sound that puts everything Metallica's done in the past two decades to shame.

Here's Newsted -- Soldierhead.

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