Jasta - The Lost Chapters Vol 2: Review
Hatebreed frontman and all-round metal icon, Jamey Jasta has finally released Vol 2 of his Lost Chapters solo work. The record drops after a long wait and much anticipation with a packed roster of guest appearances, so how does it stack up against the hardcore legend's other solo work?
The Lost Chapters: Vol 2 opens with They Want Your Soul which features George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (Cannibal Corpse). There is an unavoidable and obvious contrast between Corpsegrinder's familiar death growls and Jasta's hardcore infused chant-style vocals but it works a hell of a lot better than it should. Both titans of the mic come together to form an infectiously catchy, heavy opener that quickly establishes the setting and calibre of the album.
Return From War is next up and maintains the pace, a lyrically as well as sonically heavy track dealing with the psychological after-effects of soldiers returning from action. Again the duelling vocal styles blend well with each other, there has clearly been careful consideration put into the guests appearing here and the actual structure of songs themselves.
Further proof of this can be found on Strength To Draw The Line which features Jesse Lynch (Killswitch Engage). One of the few vocalists here that really comes close to Jasta's own rough vocal style. The track feels natural and like a perfect mash-up of KSE and Hatebreed that could have featured on either band's albums as a bonus track.
Zoli Teglas (Pennywise, Ignite) finds himself on Cleansed By The Waves and again the song leans into the clear contrast and delivers a punky foundation with more traditional Jasta hardcore style layered over the top.
Jamey's old friend Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) who also featured in Kingdom Of Sorrow, another of Jamey's side projects, turns up next on the raw and heavy, Spilled Blood Never Dries, one of Vol 2's standout tracks. Howard Jones (Light The Torch, Killswitch Engage) later chips in for Heaven Gets What It Wants, lending his powerful clean vocals to what is another well-constructed track that compliments both frontmen.
The reason these tracks all work so well and are so individual is down to the fact that Jasta invited his guests to not only appear on the albums but to actively help create it. These aren't tracks that have sat in an archive somewhere or have been salvaged from the cutting room floor, these are tracks built from the ground up with the guest appearance in mind, shifting the spotlight from himself onto his handpicked guests.
What Jamey Jasta has done is taken the formula from Lost Chapters Vol 1 and improved on it further. The end result is a shining example of how to write, manage and produce an album that features an iconic guest on each of its thirteen tracks.
Other guests that appear are BillyBio (Biohazard), Frankie Palmeri (Emmure), Phil Rind (Sacred Reich, Flotsam & Jetsam), Tommy Victor (Prong) and guitarist Joey Concepcion (The Absence, Sanctuary, Jasta) who lends his thrash skills to the cover of Megadeth's Holy Wars... The Punishment Due which closes the album off with a little bonus content.
All in all, as mentioned above, Vol 2 is a fantastic example of a guest riddled solo album and a worthy follow up to Vol 1, let's hope Vol 3 won't be too long in the making.