Hear Jason Newsted’s original bass-driven instrumental demo that paved the way for Metallica’s My Friend of Misery

Jason Newsted
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Of all the releases to emerge from Metallica’s much-anticipated Black Album reissue, which is set to celebrate the historic record’s game-changing success, the most recent is bound to be up there with the very best of the lot.

Why? Well, it’s an ear-opening, four-and-a-half-minute instrumental blueprint hailing from the Riff Tapes of Jason Newsted, one that sees the former Metallica bass guitar player perform the demo of what would later go on to become My Friend Of Misery.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.