It seems Jamey Jasta doesn’t like the idea of resting and taking time out, whilst touring and playing the festival circuit with both Hatebreed and Kingdom Of Sorrow, he has found the time to release this new eponymous project which features fellow KoS members Nick and Charlie Bellmore (Percussion & Guitar / Guitar and Bass respectively) joining Jasta as the main core of the band.
‘Walk That Path Alone’ doesn’t stray too far from the usual Hatebreed style, a fast paced hardcore stomp, but it is on the following tracks ‘Mourn The Illusion’ and ‘Screams From The Sanctuary’ that this album shows some of the different approaches that Jasta brought to the last Hatebreed record. There is more focus on singing instead of his usual shouted delivery.
‘Nothing They Say’ is very different to anything I have heard Jasta feature on, almost completely sung, backed up by some nice guitar work in the background. It reminds me of a slower song a thrash band may come up with, still heavy on the riffs, but without the breakneck speed. ‘Anthem Of The Freedom Fighter’ returns to his hardcore roots before ‘Something You Should Know’. With All That Remains’ vocalist Phil LaBonte adding his voice, this is the first of six tracks to feature special guests.
Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe joins in for ‘Enslaved, Dead Or Depraved’ and Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying features on ‘With A Resounding Voice’ two of the rare songs on the album that doesn’t feature any clean vocals, as would be expected when you consider the people involved. Zakk Wylde’s adds vocals and a fine solo to ‘The Fearless Must Endure’ as the album takes another turn. ‘Heart Of A Warrior’ is the only out and out hardcore tune on here. Featuring pro skater Mike Vallely (who has sang with a few hardcore bands, but was frontman for some of the Black Flag reunion shows in 2003) and it only sticks around for two minutes before the album closes with ‘Death Bestowed’ which features Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton, and just as the earlier appearance of bandmate Randy Blythe is one of the heaviest moment on the album.
I know plenty of Hatebreed fans that will like this album and a fair few who won’t, but they were the ones who didn’t like the changes on Hatebreed’s last effort. This album has been used as a platform to try out a different approach and it has worked. The mix of vocals gives it another dimension to anything else he has recorded, and the additional guests bring something different to each of the tracks they are on. The album contains elements of all Jasta’s other bands but is different enough to warrant its own release. I always enjoy bands trying to do something a little bit different, and its even better when it is a triumph. I hope this album isn’t a one off, but with Jasta’s work ethic, I don’t think it will be.