Ja­son Bit­tner ON RECORD Key al­bums you must hear

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Hard­core Hymns 1995 to 2002 Stig­mata Hymns For An Un­known God (1995)

“That is still one of ■ my favourite records I’ve ever done,” says Bit­tner about his de­but with metal­lic hard­core act Stig­mata. “We never ■ got as far as we wanted to get with ■ it be­cause the mu­sic cli­mate ■ changed, we went as far as we ■ could. The hard­core scene was ■ 5 a smaller scene.”

Cri­sis The Hol­low­ing (1997)

If re­leased now, it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble The Hol­low­ing would hit big but, as Bit­tner ob­serves, “It was a lit­tle too in­tense and too weird for its time. It was def­i­nitely a se­lec­tive au­di­ence. And there was some in-fight­ing with [the record com­pany], I didn’t re­ally see much of a fu­ture hap­pen­ing for me ■ so I bowed out.”

Shad­ows Ris­ing 2002 to 2012 Shad­ows Fall The War Within (2004)

“That was the record that I got most of my recog­ni­tion on,” says Bit­tner. The fourth stu­dio re­lease from Shad­ows Fall and the sec­ond with Bit­tner be­hind the kit show­cases their blend of Gothen­burg-style melodic death metal and met­al­core with Bit­tner run­ning a marathon on his kick drums.

Shad­ows Fall Fire From The Sky (2012)

It’s not sur­pris­ing that thrash le­gends An­thrax asked Jon Don­ais to be­come their lead guitarist af­ter lis­ten­ing to him shred­ding like ■ a ma­niac on FireFromTheSky. Bit­tner is no less impressive, rip­ping out the drum parts with break­neck speed and pin­point ac­cu­racy. Alas, ■ it re­mains the last Shad­ows Fall al­bum to date.

Flot­sam And Jet­sam And Donuts 2013 to 2017 Flot­sam And Jet­sam Flot­sam And Jet­sam (2016)

A bril­liant out­ing from the Ari­zona thrash band, crammed with great songs, mas­sive riffs and with Bit­tner go­ing hell for leather on the drums. “Once again that’s one of my favourite records I’ve ever done, es­pe­cially be­cause of the peo­ple I was play­ing with. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Co­conut Donut Mu­si­cally De­li­cious (2016)

“It’s this lit­tle rock pro­ject from a friend,” says Bit­tner, who pro­duced and played on the al­bum for Ed Bi­a­giotti and Kurt Nous. “We made this ’70s funk, Amer­i­cana rock’n’roll record. It’s great for clin­ics be­cause I al­ways use one of the songs at the end, like Monty Python: ‘And now for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.’”

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