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Metallica has been all over the news lately, from their performance in a Danish prison to their ... ahem ... interesting collaboration with Lou Reed called "Lulu." For hardcore Metallica fans though, the real news is a reunion with former bassist Jason Newsted.
Newsted left Metallica in 2001 to pursue other musical projects. He reunited with the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2009, but this was the first time in over a decade that he played with the band at a gig.
The happy event took place at the first of four 30th anniversary (we refuse to accept that it's been that long) concerts in San Francisco. According to Rolling Stone, front man James Hetfield told the packed crowd that they were about to be joined by "someone who lived with us, and toured with us, and did stuff with us for 14 years."
Some of Heavy Metal’s greatest headbangers have joined together to form a massive supergroup for charity.
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan will front WhoCares, a charity band that also features Whitesnake keyboardist Jon Lord and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has also joined the band for two charity songs due out shortly.
According to Gillan.com, the band “has recorded two brand new songs with the intent to support the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am.”
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Considering how immediate the best of it feels, it's always a little bit surprising how well metal music ages. While not everything still sounds fresh, many of the genre's cornerstone releases hold up extremely well. Slayer's Reign in Blood still sounds as fresh and vital as it did when it first came out, and Black Sabbath's Paranoid remains top-shelf. While not all of their albums hold up well, Metallica's Master of Puppets — which came out on this day in 1986, a full 25 years ago — remains a stone cold classic and an album by which other metal albums should be judged.
The thing that stands out about Master of Puppets all these years later is how hard the whole thing is. Every chord crunch, every drum hit and every bellow from the throat of frontman James Hetfield is jagged and punishing, like the musical equivalent of a steel-toed boot constantly stomping on your face. »
- Kyle Anderson
3 items from 2011
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