The second coming of legendary US metal outfit Chastain with Leather Leone on vocals began in 2013. Since that time the band has released five albums:
2013- Surrender To No One
2014- Surrender To No One: Uncut
2015- We Bleed Metal
2017- We Bleed Metal 17
New album 1321 takes tracks from each of those five albums and presents them with different arrangements. Guitarist and Producer David T. Chastain explains: “1321 is the album we would have released if we could only have released one album during the Leather ‘Second Generation’ Era. The tracks now are little more listener friendly and more accessible for the first time “Chastain” metal fans who may have never experienced the music before. For long time Chastain fans I believe they will like the new arrangements.”
Deciding on which tracks to include in this release was no easy task as the band didn’t think there was a weak track on any of the five releases. David adds, “We chose the tracks that we thought I could make the biggest arrangement changes from the originals. When listening to the five albums on their own certain tracks I could just hear a new arrangement that I thought would work. Tracks I could make stronger… or at least a new take on the song. Also included on 1321 is the never before released track “The First Attack.” That track was originally recorded during the “Surrender To No One” sessions but to due to time constraints was not included on the original release”.
David adds, “Having new drummer Stian Kristoffersen (Pagan’s Mind) in the band really helped bring the music to another level with his more modern influences. He is a monster drummer. Leather has never sounded better and bassist Mike Skimmerhorn can always be counted on to hold up the bottom end.”
Chastain, one of the original US metal pioneers, has once again proved itself to be a unique sound in the history and future of metal.