Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jasta at Irving Plaza

Jamey Jasta
Heavy metal vocalist Jamey Jasta (born James Shanahan) is the lead vocalist of the metalcore band Hatebreed, the sludge metal band Kingdom of Sorrow, and the hardcore punk band Icepick. He released a solo album entitled Jasta in 2011. He also owns Stillborn Records, a hardcore and metal-based record label in his native West Haven, Connecticut, and a rock themed apparel line called Hatewear. Jasta was the host for MTV's Headbanger's Ball from 2003-2007, and this summer launched his newest venture, interviewing metal and punk icons on a weekly podcast called The Jasta Show.

Jasta recruited a pickup band and appeared as the opening act for the Misfits at Irving Plaza tonight. The bottom line -- the four-piece band played crunching metal well, but Jasta sang poorly. He sounded better when he growled. Nevertheless, as a front man, he entertained and rallied the crowd with his spunky attitude, while the band ripped into heavy rock riffs. The industrial and rapcore influenced "Mourn the Illusion" from his solo album was possibly the most interesting song of the set.

Visit Jasta at www.jameyjasta.com