Newsted (the new band formed by Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Jason Newsted) is preparing to release their first full-length album on August 6th. Entitled Heavy Metal Music, it is a powerful hard rock release that is sure to please the millions of fans that have followed Jason since he joined Metallica in the mid Eighties. The band also features Mike Mushok, who is the guitarist for Staind.
The pursuit of heaviness has fueled Jason Newsted for over 30 years. As an integral component of Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam, Voivod, Ozzy Osbourne’s touring band, and countless other fan and critical favorites, he’s among the metal world’s most fearless adventurers. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy winner is charting new territory—for the first time fronting his own band, the explosive power quartet Newsted.
Matching and exceeding teaser EP Metal (which bowed at #1 on the iTunes metal chart), Newsted’s debut full-length assault, Heavy Metal Music, is likewise short on pretense and long on crushing riffs. Be it the throwback Sabbathian strut of “Ampossible,” the breakneck gallop of “Long Time Dead,” or the full speed ahead charge of breakout single “Above All,” the 11-song behemoth (due early August) is sure to cement the quartet’s place as one of metal’s hungriest outfits.
Indeed, Heavy Metal Music is the product of Jason’s long hours learning and performing with rock’s greats—Warren Haynes, Zakk Wylde, James Hetfield, Andreas Kisser—yet never losing sight of his old-school sensibilities.
“I could’ve pulled superstars together, but it wouldn’t be the same belief,” he stresses. “These guys support me. We hang out before we jam, we hang out after we jam. We have dinners, we have drinks, we vibe like brothers.”