Album Review: Newsted – Heavy Metal Music
Posted by Reggie
Jason Newsted is finally out with a full-length album after a successful EP release earlier this year. I never thought it would have taken him this long to engage in a solo career after departing the biggest modern metal band of all-time, but perhaps now is the right time to just be Newsted. Other than trying to get Echobrain off the ground, Jason worked with many other artists including Voivod and Ozzy over the years. 2013 seems to be a year focused on Jason and the musicians he hired to bring his songwriting and music to fruition. Heavy Metal Music was released on the 6th of August and follows up the Metal EP which showcased four songs and a video for one of those songs which certainly garnered some attention. With Newsted’s bass and vocals chords in full force, what does Heavy Metal Music have to offer? Just what the album title implies…Heavy Metal Music.
It isn’t overcomplicated. The 12 songs on the album walk a fine line between Hard Rock and Thrash and don’t stray far from that formula. There is hard edge to the songs combined with a dose of sludginess here and there especially on Nocturnus, The Differents, Twisted Tail of the Comet, and Ampossible. Newsted’s semi-clean vocals give the songs an added element to a standard metal formula. You can hear some influences from Newsted’s Metallica days; I expected that and I am willing to bet Newsted had more input to Metallica’s songs than you would ever see in the liner notes.
Two of the songs from the Metal EP are on Heavy Metal Music – Soldierhead and King of the Underdogs. They are nice additions to the 10 new tracks created for this album. Overall, the album is a strong start for the former Metalli-bassist. This album stands on its own and boasts a strong mix of hard rock and thrashy elements with a touch of sludge that makes for an enjoyable listen. Despite being involved with numerous projects over the years, Newsted has found his groove. And you can find it on Heavy Metal Music.