Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has weighed in on the band's latest album, saying that it has "substance."
Newsted became METALLICA's third bassist in 1986, following Ron McGovney and Cliff Burton. Robert Trujillo took over in 2003 after Newsted's exit.
During a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Newsted shared his thoughts on "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", telling the web site: "[The album] is a bit different than the other efforts that led up to it. Robert's a great fuckin' bass player and he's always been a great bass player. I've known him for 25 years at least. He's always been good and I owned all the INFECTIOUS [GROOVES] records and I wore INFECTIOUS t-shirts. I'm down. That guy has always got my respect. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? Peace, peace, power to you."
He added: "This last [album], I feel they've kinda come back into stride and there's something of substance here."
Last August, Newsted told the SiriusXM satellite radio show "Eddie Trunk Live" that he was impressed by the first single from the new METALLICA album, "Hardwired". "I can't believe how wicked it is," he said. "I heard it a couple of times. Somebody played it for me in a car, and I brought it home and listened to it a little bit. I like its nature. I like its teeth, man. It's great."
Jason left METALLICA back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Ulrich, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Trujillo, in 2009.
Newsted's current endeavor is a pair of acoustic groups, including the CHOPHOUSE BAND (named after his four recording studio facilities around the U.S. and featuring a fluid roster of players), which played several shows last September.