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Jasta / Jasta

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Jamey Jasta (born James Shanahan; August 7, 1977)[citation needed] is an American musician from New Haven, Connecticut, best known as the lead vocalist of the Metalcore band Hatebreed and sludge metal band Kingdom of Sorrow. Jasta also fronts Hardcore band Icepick and on July 25th (Europe)/26th (US) released the album Jasta featuring many guest appearances from well-known metal artists.

Jasta also owns Stillborn Records, a hardcore and metal-based record label from West Haven, and “rock themed apparel” line called Hatewear.[1]

In 2007, he presented the Metal Hammer Golden God awards.

The Analysis:

Walk That Path Alone—-At once, this is pretty familiar….Jamey delivers his vocal in a very Hatebreed styled rant….although the lyrics are a bit darker than usual. the growls this guy comes up with sometimes are pretty impressive…and vehemence is incredible. This is a welcome return to a familiar sound…nice to hear something new and fresh!!!

Mourn The Illusion—-One of the leaks that has been floating around for a while, this is pretty phenomenal. It is wonderful to hear Jasta actually singing like he did on For The Lions….this dude has an excellent voice…and the melody of the song is addictive as hell. I love the message and the delivery….I could not ask for more!!!!

Screams From The Sanctuary—-Jamey returns to his full throttle Hatebreed style rant and makes me smile through my dreams until tomorrow!!! The message is positive and the aggression will rip your head off…this is phenomenal….just being able to hear this over and over again makes me incredibly happy… make it even better, the chorus is clean and Jasta delivers a fantastic vocal. seriously fantastic!!!!

Nothing They Say—-Forming a solo band that is composed of some incredible musicians, Jasta delivers another track that features a lot of clean vocals and smiles from me. This is aggressive and a bit haunting to me…perhaps it speaks to me a bit too much. Imagine Linkin Park with just guitars? This is just fantastic and a release i will be listening to over and over again….phenomenal!!!

Anthem Of the Freedom Fighter—-Delivering a much more traditional Heavy Metal feel, this is full of build-up that makes you a little antsy as you wait for the vocal. the intro is the chorus and it is catchy as hell…Jasta hollers like a MotherFu^*ker…and i still wonder how he manages this month after month. This is incredibly uplifting, positive and thrashy……putting me in the serious mood for a live show!!!!

Something You Should Know [featuring Phil LaBonte]—-From the onset, you can hear the melody over flowing on this track….Jasta enters with a clean and melodic vocal that makes me excited as hell. The overlays or vocal additions only make the song even larger than you could imagine. this is classic and incredible stuff…this might very well be one of my favorite releases in the past 6 months. and LaBonte adds a nice vocal touch to the song……great!!!!

Set You Adrift—-Jasta returns to full on rage mode and pumps me full of adrenaline. The guitars are fantastic and the song is mixed with huge aggressive rants and clean vocals…leading me to a total state of euphoria. I could never ask for more from a solo record…..simply fantastic!

Enslaved, Dead Or Depraved [featuring D. Randall Blythe]—-This is brilliant chaos from the very first notes that are played on the song. I am so impressed…..Christ…this is pretty brutal and gives a nice jump to the record before it is allowed to become to stale. i am in heaven right now…you just don’t know…and, I might add…the drums are pretty stellar and impressive. This is a keeper!!!!

With A Resounding Voice [featuring Tim Labesis]—-Another track that is full of mayhem from almost the very start…this is brutal. The sounds that emerge from the throat of Jamey are just incredible…how the hell does he do that? There is no underlying secret melody or pleasant sound with this track…the purpose is to kick your ass….mission accomplished!!!!

The Fearless Must Endure [featuring Zakk Wylde]—-The first proper single from this release, it is nice and interesting to hear Jasta mixed with such a pure redneck sound. Wylde deliver a more abrasive sound while Jamey gives us a clear and freakin’ fantastic clean vocal that trips my trigger more than you can imagine!!!! Really not a Zakk fan…but this works really well!!!!

Heart Of Warrior [featuring Mike Vallely]—-This is another of those anthems that you can’t walk away from without feeling enhanced and pumped up as fuck. This is aggressive and the guitars literally sing for me…..all the while Jamey rants, raves and delivers message after message. Just incredible!!!!

Death Bestowed [featuring Mark Morton]—-Ending the release much as it started and maintained…with aggression and a masterful vocal delivery. I must say again, that the drummer that Jasta recruited for this solo effort is really incredible. I admire his dedication to his art…this is not a fly by night record…this is real and thought out…full of trademark sounds…some new twists and an incredible end result….Kudos Dude!!!!

****3/4 out of 5