Release Date: Jul 26, 2011
Record label: Entertainment One Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Fans looking for a middle ground between Jamey Jasta's output with melodic hardcore outfit Hatebreed and sludgy metalcore group Kingdom of Sorrow will find a great deal to love about the workhorse frontman’s solo debut. The eponymous Jasta kicks the door in with “Walk That Path Alone,” a blistering, Hatebreed-inspired chug-fest that sets the pace for 11 more cuts that are equally relentless, even when the tempo slides toward the middle. A small army of guest appearances are peppered throughout Jasta, including some sublime caterwauling from All That Remains' Phil Labonte (“Something You Should Know”), Lamb of God's Randy Blythe (“Enslaved, Dead or Depraved”), and As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis (“With a Resounding Voice”), as well as some signature, snaky guitar work from Zakk Wylde on the brutal “Fearless Must Endure.
Because you just can't get enough Jasta... Is it an event worthy of anticipation anymore when James 'Jasta' Shanahan announces a new album coming down the pipeline? Every couple of months it seems like he’s foisting some new form of auditory viscosity on the public for consideration. Spreading good ideas thin is a problem often befalling the quantitatively prolific, something that plagues ‘Jasta.’ The album itself melodically spans a classic rock / metal mix (‘Something You Should Know’) to spiteful thrashcore (‘Walk That Path Alone’) with stops good and bad along the way.