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A Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted discussed the legacy of the band’s history-making last year, self-titled 1991 opus – AKA The Black Album – confirming that he had mixed feelings over some of the record’s most famous tracks.

In an interview conducted last summer by Metal Hammer, Newsted was speaking, published in the magazine this coming Thursday, April 28.

When asked about his experience of working with Bob Rock for The Black Album, Jason notes: “I don’t think I ever earned his respect like he had for James and Lars – because of what they had achieved, and they were writing the cheques – but I think he was firing on all cylinders. I wanted to get his respect, to show him that I knew what I was doing.”

“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 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.”

Newsted left Metallica in 2001. Read more from his interview in the brand new issue of Metal Hammer, out Thursday.

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