Ex-Metallica Bassist's Outfits

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted presents his latest, surprisingly bluesy/psychedelic project Heard Of Elements.

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Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who is a member of the veteran Canadian group Voivod and a myriad of projects for his Chophouse label, presents his latest, surprisingly bluesy/psychedelic outfit Heard Of Elements.

Newsted (who handles bass, keyboard and vocal duties) is joined by slide guitarist Roy Rogers and drummer Carl Coletti (best-known for his work with flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert). Instead of releasing an album, the trio has begun posting songs on the Chophouse web site.

"There's psychedelic stuff going on," Newsted tells Billboard.com. "There's the obvious elements of each of the players 'forte.' I think it's very refreshing kind of music. All the stuff you hear is just us playing from the floor -- there are no overdubs or things like that."

Newsted says that while no touring plans have been discussed for the band, they wouldn't be opposed to the odd live gig. "I wouldn't want to say never on anything like that, because it's fun to turn people's heads around with something like that," he says. "But we only have about 25 minutes of solid music of our own -- we could pull together a couple of covers or something like that and make a set for someone. If it presents itself, we'd look at it for sure."

Also upcoming will be a new Voivod studio album via The End label, which Newsted says will hopefully be out early next year. "It's the most complete demos I've ever been involved in," he says. "(Voivod singer) Snake has already chosen his effects -- exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We've had a long time to develop the demos, so there's about 23 or 25 songs that are absolutely listenable right now."

Find more in Greg Prato's article at Reuters.

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    GnRrelease_it
    All the stuff you hear is just us playing from the floor -- there are no overdubs or things like that."
    gotta respect that
    Sun of a Studio
    xchris78: To go with his band Echobrain who he left later anyways. He was a dumbass for doing that.
    Yeah but some musicians actually play music for the music and not for the fame and money.
    electrik
    rob didnt do any basswork on the st anger album. He was hired after it was released, im pretty sure.
    New abortion
    I've really got nothing against jason, i can understand why he left metallica but he blamed them too much.... By the way everyone who bags st anger is a ***. u don't have to like it but don't bag it. They didn't do it for u the did it cause they passionatly wanted to do something different and no one supported them... *** u all
    maggotcorpse079
    Irish Bassist: he's one of the guys who influnced me to play bass,i respect him a hell of alot.i love metallica,but they treated him like shit,in the end it's their loss not his that he left. well i dunno if its a loss because metallica's current bassist is the shit but i see were your coming from
    lead_guitar5
    THC-Llama: that picture of him is really scary..like some kind of serial murderer or a guy who walks around kicking old people in the hip and setting dogs on fire
    hahaha...that's hilarious!
    guitardye
    The fact of the matter is that he wasn't as good as burton on bass. Nobody was. Cliff sounded like ***in' Hendrix when he really got into his BASS solos. He wasn't even playing guitar and could have been lead.
    Metallica420
    they didn't trade anyone for Rob Trujilio they auditioned a bunch of bassists and he happened to audition and he got the part so to speak. P.S. Rob is originaly from Ozzy Osbourne and Suicidal Tendencies. Peace
    KevBlue18
    Jason Newstead is the biggest ASSHOLE alive. He is a showoff and he sucks as a bassist. He needs to stop relying on the fact that he was metallica's bassist because any metallica fan can tell u that they are glad that he out of the band. Rob is the SHIT!!!..
    tragik
    Yeah, well all I've heard from Rob is St. Anger., and that wasn't too impressive, even his bass.
    benzys
    newsted should have stayed with metallica now he's just a big loser
    Chestaufissen
    I don't think that he should be called an idiot for leaving Metallica, after all accorrding to some people they're slowly hitting rock bottom cause of St. Anger even though I thought it was pretty good, but thats just my opinion.
    Irish Bassist
    The fact of the matter is that he wasn't as good as burton on bass. Nobody was. Cliff sounded like ***in' Hendrix when he really got into his BASS solos. He wasn't even playing guitar and could have been lead. Dude burton was good,one very talented bassist,but if you look at the stuff he played,its pretty easy and yes that includes pulling teeth.its not really fair to call him the hendrix of bass because the simple fact is there were and are bass players better than burton(not many but a few)in my opinion newsted was a more techinical player and i also believe he was more talented,but its just my opinion and i fully respect yours. ps.to all those idiots who mock jason just cause he left metallica,your talking shit,metallica were lucky he stayed as long as he did.
    minimanson
    Sun of a Studio: Yeah but some musicians actually play music for the music and not for the fame and money.
    i heard on the radoi the other day a pop singer saying "if this song doesnt get into the top 10 im quitting music" i thought, WOW! how lame, obvoiussly not in it for the music. anywho, i never liked jason in tallica, or rob for a matter of fact, but maybe this band will let him do his own thing, not be tied into an already hugely succesful band before he joined
    seekanddestroy
    Rob is an awsome bass player, better than newstead ten times over. I don't understand why people don't like rob. Everyone says oh well st. anger sucks so rob made it suck. Bull shit! Bob Rock obviously made it suck he was the one playing it.
    juzcook
    ch1pmnk: whyd jason leave anyways?
    lots of his own material wasn't getting into metallica, so he started a side project, "echobrain" which he was taking seriously. hetfield said that if he ever released something with his side project theyd have to let him go, so he decided it would be best if he walked away from metallica... however echobrain flopped and he's been doing many other side projects since like the ozzy thing
    XxXgUiTaRxXx
    Dude burton was good,one very talented bassist,but if you look at the stuff he played,its pretty easy and yes that includes pulling teeth.its not really fair to call him the hendrix of bass because the simple fact is there were and are bass players better than burton(not many but a few)in my opinion newsted was a more techinical player and i also believe he was more talented,but its just my opinion and i fully respect yours. cliffs stuff is simple but its good sound, like antrhaxes early dan spitz solos, those are simple, but there good, anything cliff does dominates jason
    MetalliCarnage
    Dude, Cliff was the best. Anything that Cliff did before he died completely slaughtered Jasons stuff. Also, Cliff was able to get all of thoes wicked-ass guitar-like sounds fingerpicking. Jason had to use a pick. Now we havn't heard Rob in action yet but on SKOM Tallica said they havn't heard it played that good since Cliff so we'll see on the next album. Jason just rides on the fact he was in Metallica to get into bands like Voivod or Ozzy. HE isn't that good at all. I could play most of the stuff he does and im a guitarist. Cliff was, is, and will always be the best. R.I.P dude
    mesaboogieman
    He says that the other band members of metallica never fully accepted him as one of them cause he wasn't as good as Cliff Burton, and they always played pranks on him, so he got tired of that and left after I Disappear.
    that had nothing to do with it, they stopped playing playing pranks on him at the beginning of the justice tour, james and jason fell out because james didnt want jason to take the Echobrain project as far as it was going.
    Chestaufissen
    Why did he leave anyway?
    He says that the other band members of metallica never fully accepted him as one of them cause he wasn't as good as Cliff Burton, and they always played pranks on him, so he got tired of that and left after I Disappear.
    xchris78
    To go with his band Echobrain who he left later anyways. He was a dumbass for doing that.
    heavymetal_azn
    Jason sounds really 2-faced when I saw Some Kind of Monster. What ever happend to him and Ozzy??
    Misc Debris
    Wow.Every band on that website has Jason in it.He has to be making some kind of cash.
    RKK29573
    psychedelic??? what the hell? He ***ed up big when he left metallica. And no you are not the only one who is scared shitless of the photo.
    )Eric(Draven
    "Ex-metallica bassist"? Like we all don't already know who Jason Newsted. I dunno that's kinda cool. I'd probably be doing the same thing, hell, I was in a blues band last year, so I can see what he's trying to do.