If Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed frontman and former host of MTVs Headbangers Ball, ever gets sick of the music biz, the dude could probably make a decent living as a motivational speaker. Take the lyrics from In Ashes They Shall Reap, a song from his long-running hardcore bands new self-titled album: Born to bleed, fighting to succeed, built to endure what this world throws at me. Subtract the chugging riffs and one could make a pretty solid case for herding a bunch of high-schoolers into an auditorium and setting Jasta loose to bark at them about taking charge and rising above their obstacles. Not that he shows any signs of giving up the rock; a hardcore lifer, the bands fifteen year progression has found them clinging steadfast to the standards of mosh-inducing breakdowns and vaguely supremacist imagery while subtly incorporating death and doom metal stylings and showing no sign of abandoning the groups HxCx ethics. On second thought lets not remove the band from Jastas motivational career, lets send a bunch of guidance seeking high schoolers to the bands upcoming gig - the ensuing throw-down between moronic skinheads and confused sophomores will likely be as entertaining as anything happening on stage.
Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m., 2009