Jamey Jasta and Exodus’ Steve Souza Team Up for New Jasta Single
Charismatic Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta has always been vocal about his love for metal, from taking Hatebreed on the road with all stripes of extreme metal bands to working with a veritable who’s who of metal in his solo project, Jasta. The first Jasta single since 2019 touched down yesterday. Titled “Assimilation Agenda,” it features Exodus vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and it rips pretty damn hard.
When the song was released, Jamey Jasta expressed his excitement:
“The whole album is a love letter to thrash but this song in particular is a great example of what’s to come and one of my favorites. A duet with Zetro that will get the circle pits going HARD!!!”
In 2019, Jasta talked about Hatebreed’s (and hardcore in general) increased acceptance among the metal crowd and how that wasn’t always the case.
“I remember being crushed when they said MTV2 is not going to play the Hatebreed video. That’s part of the reason I wanted to be the host of the show [‘Headbanger’s Ball’]. I was, like, ‘If I can’t get my video played, I’ve got to get in there somehow and try to change the system so that they don’t look at us as just this screaming noise.’ So, now, there’s less — you can put a song up on SoundCloud; you can pay a guy… Shoutout to Paul [McGuire]; he did the video with Howard [‘Chasing Demons’]. We did it in our jam spot. It’s got two million streams; it’s got a half-million on YouTube. I’ve sold out every pressing of the CD. I did it totally DIY. That really started making me think, ‘Wow, it’s exciting. You don’t have to go to a label and say…’ I love all the labels; don’t get me wrong. You don’t have to pitch your project to somebody who might not be at that label in a year or two. I’ve had that happen with the Hatebreed DVD. They wanted to cut the budget on that. Luckily, we were able to get out of that deal and go to eOne and eOne gave us what we needed to do, and that DVD went number one. That previous company could of have had a number one DVD, but they didn’t believe. They just see the name, ‘This is crazy. This guy is yelling at me. He’s wearing a bandana. What am I going to do?’ Now, it’s exciting, man.”