For a taste of Newsted’s particular brand of metal, he’s let forth the EP opener “Soldierhead”. A mix between the aesthetics of Motorhead and Testament, it meets all the basic requirements for a truly metal anthem: drums like machine gun fire, a grungy guitar riff well-suited for headbangin’, and raspy vocals dripping with demonic angst. Stream it below.
Pre-orders for the Metal EP are available now (snag yours here). Each copy comes with a booklet of Newsted’s handwritten lyrics. A video for “Soldierhead” was shot last weekend for, so expect that to drop in the near future.
Speaking recently with New York’s Q104.3, Newsted hinted at a number of upcoming releases. “It took me 12 years to come back to earth, and here I am now. And my big, black boots are on the ground and I’m ready to go,” he explained.
Newsted added: “I have so much music from over the years. I have a bunch of new stuff, I have so many mixes of projects with people — new players, young players, old-school players like myself — so I’m just trying to figure out exactly what I wanna unleash on everybody first. That’s kind of what it’s coming down to — the timing of things and how I wanna hit people with it, and which stuff.”
Metal EP Tracklist:
03. King Of The Underdogs