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Metallica: Ranking Their Post-Black Album Work

10 December 2013 5:18 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When Metallica’s eponymously titled fifth studio album hit shelves on Aug. 12, 1991, fans, critics, and even the band’s Thrash metal brethren felt an instantaneous sense of betrayal. The pointed snarl and metal-up-your-a** belligerence that had come to define their sound during the mid-1980s had been transformed into mainstream merchandise suitable for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

What had originally gained traction through small clubs and tape trading was no longer the property of the subculture responsible for its inception, and, for an army of socially disenfranchised heavy metal fans, nothing could be worse than having one of their beacons stolen from them in the name of big business.

For a genre that had always championed individuality and anti-establishment rhetoric, the reality of Metallica joining forces with Bob Rock to create something palatable for the masses was the equivalent of President George H.W. Bush halting the Gulf War to admit »

- David Hens

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Newsted – Heavy Metal Music Review

31 July 2013 1:38 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Release Date: August 6th 2013

There is one man that until now has been criminally underrated as a performer, a composer and a musician in general. That man is former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted; he has been overshadowed, forgotten, and to a great extent, discredited as an artist since 2000/2001. This is because of a number of small reasons, the most two most damaging are being mixed out of every Metallica recording that he “appeared on” and playing in the band during Metallica’s massive slide into washout alley.

This left his pre-Metallica career forgotten, and his post-Metallica career met with apathy. He was a primary member in the foundation of the Thrash band, Flotsam and Jetsam. That feat was one of the main reasons that he was allow join Metallica, it was due to his legit Thrash credentials. What followed was a criminal misuse of »

- Darragh O'Connor

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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: June 10th, 2013

10 June 2013 5:29 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Newsted, Protest the Hero, Behemoth, Iwrestledabearonce, Cradle of Filth and more.

Don't touch that dial!


Dream Theater will release their self-titled album on September 24th via Roadrunner Records.

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted's new band, aptly named Newsted, will release their full-length debut, also appropriately titled Heavy Metal Music, on August 6th.

Protest the Hero drummer Moe Carlson has left the band to go back to school. Lamb of God's Chris Adler is filling in on their new album, which is due out in the fall.

Guitarists Devin Shidaker (ex-Oceano) and Richard Gomez have joined The Acacia Strain.

Iwrestledabearonce will release Late For Nothing on August 6th via Century Media Records.


Listen to a new Nine Inch Nails »

- Alex DiVincenzo

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