Former KYUSS Bassist Talks About METALLICA Audition

Former KYUSS/UNIDA bassist Scott Reeder, who auditioned for the then-vacant bassist slot in METALLICA in late 2002, recently spoke to about his impressions of METALLICA's new album and the experience of jamming with one of the most commercially successful heavy metal groups of all time.

When asked for his opinion of "St. Anger", Reeder said, "[I] haven't brought myself to listen [to it] yet. I liked the stuff I heard in the studio with those guys — it was just rough mixes and sounded pretty raw and pissed off. I gave [producer] Bob Rock a little shit for keeping bass players out of work... he was cool.

"I've worked with some huge producers, from Giorgio Moroder to Jellybean Benitez, and a lot of them don't know shit — they just have great engineers," Scott continued. "Bob gets slammed all the time, but that guy knows his shit, and he keeps the vibe way up — he's like a brother with those guys... It's gonna take a little time before I give it a proper spin, though.... that was tough, trying not to get my hopes too high...

"I saw those guys in L.A. at the Coliseum, and it was weird thinking that it had been even a remote possibility to be up there, and then I met Rob [Trujillo] afterward, and that guy's fucking awesome! Disarmingly nice guy... they're all great guys — they fucking get treated by people as if they're not even human — like they don't have any feelings, but they're just normal guys doing their thing. They've been through a lot." Read the rest of the interview here.


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