The news was sad but true when bassist Jason Newsted left the mighty Metallica. After an admirable 15 years filling the immortal shoes of the late Cliff Burton, the former Flotsam & Jetsam four-stringer tired of being a puppet to Metallica masters Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. Now free to let his music go wherever it may roam, Newsted contentedly hides in the psychedelic shadows of his new band, EchoBrain. Rounded out by center-stage upstarts Dylan Donkin on guitars/haunted vocals and drummer Brian Sagrafena, EchoBrain's self-titled debut comes off like Sgt. Pepper's with Thom Yorke and Syd Barrett as magical mystery tour guides.