Jamey Jasta: Record label owner (Stillborn Records), Business owner (Hatewear INC), Hosting award ceremonies and television shows, guest appearing on tons of songs while working on his own music. Soon, he’ll have his own line of cologne which smells of his sweaty headband after a show. Jasta, the front man for Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow, has so much creativity and energy he just has to make a record and use it under his own name.
Right out of the gate you have that familiar headbang inducing riff with Jasta screaming his head off. This album as a whole is definitely Jasta in a nutshell. Heavy music to move to, really catchy guitar riffs that are familiar to Hatebreed fans, and choruses to sing along to. One thing that is out of the ordinary (for me) was his ability to sing. He sings really well and I wasn’t expecting that at all. It’s a mix of Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) and Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) and I think Jasta does a really great job singing on this album. He has a great balance of screaming and singing on this album. Appearing on the album are the likes of Zakk Wylde, Mark Morton and Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Phil Labonte (All That Remains) and Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) who add something great to the song they contribute to. Mike Vallely is on the song “Heart of a Warrior” which has a great meaning, but to me is the worst song on the album and Vallely’s vocals are un-impressive.
All in all, this is a solid 45 minutes of good metal.
Pros: Jasta’s ability to sing/scream. Music makes you wanna headbang hard. Catchy choruses you want to sing back.
Cons: This is basically Hatebreed. Which isn’t bad, just do not expect something groundbreaking.
4 out of 5
Best Tracks: Walk That Path Alone, Nothing They Say, Anthem Of The Freedom Fighter; Enslaved, Dead Or Depraved; With A Resounding Voice, The Fearless Must Endure, Death Bestowed, Bury Me With My Beliefs