In an interview with Metal Hammer, Jason Newsted, the ex-Metallica bassist, shared that there are some tracks from the band’s iconic Black Album that he is not a super huge fan of. The interview with the ex-Metallica bassist took place last year, with Newsted reflecting on the legacy of Metallica’s fifth studio record, The Black Album.
When discussing the tracks that make up The Black Album, the ex-Metallica bassist shares how, while there are songs he enjoys from the album, there are those he is not super fond of.
Per the ex-Metallica bassist:
“I’m going to go back to Sad But True, because that’s my highlight of the whole project, because of the weight,” he muses. “I struggled with Nothing Else Matters; I knew it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up – it was undeniable – but I was kinda scared of it, to be honest, because I still wanted ‘CRUNCH!’. Sandman I thought was kinda corny, honestly. The beautiful thing was that we all sat in the room together and played it out; 70 takes of Nothing Else Matters. After a while, you’re too close to it. ‘How much more delicate can I make it?’
“It’s crazy I’ve just realised this,” he adds. “Our softest song ever took down the biggest walls to allow our hardest songs ever to penetrate the world. When it was No. 1 in 35 countries in one week, and seven of those countries we hadn’t even been to yet? Dude, that doesn’t happen to a band who go ‘Die! Die!’ most of the time.”
What do you think of Newsted’s opinions when it comes to the Metallica Black Album?
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Words by: Michael Pementel