Jason Bittner ON RECORD Key albums you must hear
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.’”