THE SONGS THAT SAVED MY LIFE

PRE­PARE TO BE UN­SUR­PRISED THAT HATEBREED MOUTH­PIECE JAMEY LIKES RE­ALLY HEAVY MU­SIC. PLAY HIM SOME MADONNA, THOUGH, AND WATCH WHAT HAP­PENS TO HIM. HON­ESTLY, WE WEREN’T EX­PECT­ING THAT… THIS WEEK: JAMEY JASTA, HATEBREED

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THE SONG THAT MAKES ME THINK OF HOME IS…

BACK IN BLACK

AC/DC

“When I was a kid, my dad was a painter and con­trac­tor, and I’d go along on jobs with him.we al­ways had a lit­tle ra­dio that was tuned to this sta­tion we liked, 99ROCK, and I’m sure they played Back In Black at least once an hour! I get pretty nos­tal­gic when I hear it – it takes me back to when I’d get to hang with my dad, just be­ing one of the guys at work.”

FIND IT: Back In Black (1980)

THE SONG THAT MADE WANT TO BE A MU­SI­CIAN WAS…

LIFE OF MY OWN

CRO-MAGS

“The first time I heard this was ac­tu­ally when a lo­cal band cov­ered it. there’s a great

line in it that says, ‘you come into this world with noth­ing ex­cept your­self, you leave this world with noth­ing ex­cept your­self’. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It was say­ing you’ve got to go out there and make a life of your own, and I knew I wanted my life to be in mu­sic.” FIND IT: The Age Of Quar­rel (1986)

THE SONG I WOULD LIKE TO COVER IS…

HOLY WARS… THE PUN­ISH­MENT DUE

MEGADETH

“I don’t think any­one’s ever cov­ered this be­cause it’s so hard [Ac­tu­ally, RX Ban­dits have done it – Mega-ed]. the vo­cal phras­ing is so unique – and it’s also prob­a­bly the great­est me­tal song ever writ­ten. I’d do it with my band Jasta, maybe we’d tune it down slightly so I could sing it, or we could make it more hard­core. It’s such a clas­sic I wouldn’t want to butcher it, but I know if I sat down with the brothers Nick and Char­lie [Bell­more], we could come up with some­thing cool.”

FIND IT: Rust In Peace (1990)

THE LAST SONG I LIS­TENED TO WAS…

UN­DER­TOW

AG­NOS­TIC FRONT

“One Voice is such a piv­otal record for me, and I al­ways go back and re­visit it. In the early ’90s I’d heard all the le­gends about the band, and that this was the record af­ter Roger [Miret, vo­cals] got out of jail. this song in par­tic­u­lar has al­ways res­onated with me, be­cause he says he can’t get ahead, and I re­mem­ber feel­ing that way at school and in my first job. Ev­ery­one has days when they feel that.”

FIND IT: Onevoice (1992)

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO STAGE-DIVE IS…

BRIGHTSIDE

KILLING TIME

“I ac­tu­ally did stage-dive to this a few years back – and I jacked-up my hip and had to go to the hos­pi­tal be­cause of it! The doc­tors said I needed surgery, and I called my fa­ther and told him I was about to go un­der the knife. He told me, ‘don’t do it, don’t do it!’ He raced down to the hos­pi­tal, car­ried me out, took me to a chi­ro­prac­tor who ad­justed me, and then I was fine. But it was a pretty bad thing to hap­pen. It’s a great song, but I def­i­nitely won’t be stage-div­ing to it again!” FIND IT: Brightside (1989)

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY IS…

LIT­TLE STAR

MADONNA

“There are a lot of songs that can get me when I’m away from home. Right af­ter my daugh­ter was born, I had to leave for a tour, and I had to drive overnight from Con­necti­cut to Chicago where the tour was start­ing. this came on the ra­dio and it just got me. It’s about her daugh­ter, and it hit me hard. One of the other guys in the band was in the front seat be­side me, and I didn’t want him to see me cry, but oh, man, it nailed me!”

FIND IT: Ray Of Light (1998)

THE HATEBREED SONG THAT’S HARD­EST TO PLAY IS…

A.D.

HATEBREED

“You can’t do a lot of jump­ing around when you’re singing this one! It’s just re­lent­less, and it’s re­ally easy to get outof-breath with it. I like to do it five or six songs into the set so I’m warmed up. It’s in­ten­tion­ally hard, though.we re­ally wanted to chal­lenge our­selves on our new record, be­cause that’s the only way for a band to grow. this one was a real tough one to record. It’s so wordy that I

“ME­TAL­LICA HELPED ME UN­DER­STAND AD­DIC­TION…” JAMEY JASTA

had record it to a click-track to help keep the rhythm. Our pro­ducer, Zeuss, was like, ‘Man, how are you go­ing to do this live!?’ I said,‘ watch, I’ll do it – you’ll see!’ And I do, but it’s def­i­nitely not easy!”

FIND IT: The Con­crete Confessional (2016)

THE HEAV­I­EST SONG EVER WRIT­TEN IS…

DEATH WALK­ING TER­ROR

CAN­NI­BAL CORPSE

“Noth­ing is heav­ier than this. It’s tuned so low they maybe had to in­vent new, heavy gui­tar strings just for this one song! I love Can­ni­bal Corpse. Ev­ery­one needs a hor­ror-movie type of band in their life. Some­times you want to watch some­thing se­ri­ous and re­ally well-made like The God­fa­ther, but some­times you want to watch Hal­loween, and the same goes for mu­sic. Some­times you want to lis­ten to Pink Floyd, but some­times you just need Can­ni­bal Corpse. Kill is my favourite Can­ni­bal al­bum, too. It’s not of­ten that a band makes their best record so late in their ca­reer.”

FIND IT: Kill (2006)

THE SONG WITH THE GREAT­EST LYRICS IS…

MASTER OF PUP­PETS

ME­TAL­LICA

“From an ad­dic­tion stand­point, I can re­ally re­late to this one. It’s beau­ti­fully writ­ten, you can in­ter­pret it as co­caine or booze or what­ever, and it’s also writ­ten per­fectly to go with the mu­sic, which makes it much more pow­er­ful. I had seen my un­cles do­ing hard drugs at 12 or 13 years old, and I saw how quickly co­caine and crack and heroin could take over lives. Once I read the lyrics to Master Of Pup­pets and saw what the song was about, I re­alised just how true to life it was.”

FIND IT: Master Of Pup­pets (1986)

THE SONG I WANT TO BE RE­MEM­BERED FOR IS…

HONOR NEVER DIES

HATEBREED

“As you get older you re­alise what’s im­por­tant in life. this song is kind of like me telling my younger self what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m re­ally proud of this song, be­cause we wrote it quite late on in our ca­reer, but it reached a lot of new peo­ple. Mu­sic has al­ways had elitism associated with it, like peo­ple who say they only like the demo and stuff like that. I don’t let that at­ti­tude bother me, but do­ing so well with this se­ri­ously feels like vin­di­ca­tion.”

FIND IT: The Di­vin­ity Of Pur­pose (2013)

THE BEST SONG EVER IS…

WEL­COME TO THE JUN­GLE

GUNS N' ROSES

“Oh, man, I could pick a lot of songs from Ap­petite For De­struc­tion, Master Of Pup­pets or …And Jus­tice For All by Me­tal­lica, but this song is al­ways go­ing to jump out. It’s just the per­fect song. The riffs and melody are so mem­o­rable, it’s got a good beat and it’s just a truly time­less song. I al­ways en­joy a catchy solo and a big chorus that leaps out at you, and I like songs you can sing af­ter the first time you hear it.this one stays in your head pretty much for­ever.”

FIND IT: Ap­petite For De­struc­tion (1987)

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