Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    The album just offers up a heaping pile of midtempo heaviness that harkens back to Metallica's middle years.
  2. 80
    An incendiary cocktail of muscular grooves, designed to delight and thrill the metallic faithful. [Aug 2013, p.88]
  3. 70
    Newsted’s triumphant return has been one of the most surprising heavy metal success stories of 2013. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
  4. Aug 14, 2013
    This is no B.S. heavy metal and it makes you feel good, which is way more than many were expecting. And, no, the bass isn't embarrassingly loud in the mix.
  5. Aug 22, 2013
    It's a visceral, straightforward assault,, and what really shines through is a grasp of songwriting that was once sorely underused and a sense of commitment and passion that was never really in doubt. [27 Jul 2013, p.52]
  6. Sep 25, 2013
    It's chugging, stoner rock riff solace to those bored by the cod therapy of Some Kind Of Monster. [Oct 2013, p.98]
  7. Jan 27, 2014
    Well worth exploring. [Oct 2013, p.102]
  8. Aug 6, 2013
    Not good, not bad, just is.
  9. Aug 6, 2013
    From the heads-down assault of Soldierhead to the mutant grandeur of King of the Underdogs, this is a joyous statement of intent, heavy on hooks and propulsive riffing, and manifestly more convincing than anything Newsted's former comrades seem capable of at this point.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    Really enjoyed the album after stumbling across it on Spotify.

    Listened to it until the songs would not leave my head, something that
    Metallica haven't managed since way back when.

    Long time dead is the highlight for me. Great song.
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  2. Oct 21, 2013
    Yes, it's true, Jason is back and we all love Jason! But if we are perfectly honest this is not a great record. Im not saying that is a bad one but it left me with nothing too remarkable. Although the band has potential, lets hope better records for the future. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    The first solo album by Jason Newsted is nothing short of what we expected. "Heavy Metal Music" does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a blast of pure, unadulterated heavy metal. It is a wonder why Newsted's former employers Metallica didn't let him write too many songs when they are as good as this. The two standout songs are "Soldierhead" and "King of the Underdogs". This a fun album essential for any heavy metal purist. Full Review »