Jason Newsted digs Metallica’s new Hardwired… album

Jason NewstedJason Newsted digs Metallica’s new Hardwired… album

Ex-Metallica bassist also has words of praise for his replacement

By David Sands
March 23, 2017

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted recently laid down his thoughts about the group’s recent release Hardwired… To Self-Destruct—and the verdict is he’s quite impressed.

“This last [album], I feel they’ve kinda come back into stride and there’s something of substance here,” he told Ultimate Guitar in a May 22 interview.

The songs on the double album Hardwired… strike a balance between Metallica’s thrashier and more commercial sides. Acclaimed producer Rick Rubin handled its production work, as he did on their previous album Death Magnetic (2008), which was seen as a return to the group’s thrash roots after the experimentalism of 2003’s St. Anger.

Newsted also had very kind things to say about his replacement, Robert Trujillo, whom he called a “great bass player.”

“I’ve known him for 25 years at least. He’s always been good and I owned all the Infectious [Grooves] records and I wore Infectious t-shirts. I’m down. That guy has always got my respect. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? Peace, peace, power to you.”

Newsted currently plays in two acoustic outfits, the Chophouse Band and Would and Steal.

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