Jasta – Album Review

Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed/Kingdom of Sorrow released a new solo self-titled debut album, Jasta on 26 June 2011.  Although similar in style and sound to Jamey’s other bands, Jasta has one element you may not have heard before; Jamey Jasta actually sings on most of the songs vs. intense screaming/growling you have become accustomed to.

I was a little apprehensive when I saw the album.  I wondered how this could be any different from Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow.  Both Hatebreed and KoS have enough differences between them to distinguish themselves as separate bands, but throw in another new Jamey Jasta project?  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after several listens at work and at the gym on maximum volume, I am impressed.

The first song Walk That Path Alone severs an artery like any Hatebreed style song would do, but the similarities between Hatebreed and Jasta pretty much end there.   The second subsequent songs still thrash and will still roundhouse kick you in the face, but are more accessible and as mentioned earlier, because of the actual singing involved.  I am not saying the album is weak by any means.  The best comparison I can think of is Five Finger Death Punch.

At about 44-minutes, Jasta packs a punch and delivers a certain amount of melody to please the die-hard thrashers and those that prefer metal that is a bit more accessible.  The songs that will provide balance between accessibility and thrash are Nothing They Say, Something You Should Know, Set You Adrift, and The Fearless Must Endure.  Some songs that hit hard in addition to the opening arterial spurt are Anthem Of The Freedom Fighter (my favorite on the album), Enslaved, Dead, or Depraved, and Heart Of A Warrior.

For those that like collaborations, Jasta is full of guest musicians.  Several songs contain the likes of Randall Blythe of Lamb of God; Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine; Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society; Mark Morton of Lamb of God; Phil Vallely – Skateboarder, solo artist, and one time singer of Black Flag; and Phil Labonte of All That Remains.

If you are a fan of Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow I think you will find Jasta rocks and offers something different to listen to.  If you are not a fan of Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow you might still like Jasta anyway.  It’s worth checking out.

I give Jasta 3.9 Devil Horns.


About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on August 2, 2011, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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