CJSS is a rock band that was formed in the 1980s by guitarist David T. Chastain. The band's name is an acronym of the members' last names: David T. Chastain, Mike Haid, Les Sharp, and Russell Jinkens. The band was initially formed to play instrumental rock music, but they later added vocals to their music.
The band's sound is heavily influenced by heavy metal and hard rock, with fast-paced guitar riffs, pounding drums, and energetic vocals. Their music is known for its technical prowess, with complex guitar solos and intricate drumming patterns. The band's lyrics often deal with themes of rebellion, power, and freedom.
CJSS released their first album, "World Gone Mad," in 1984, which received critical acclaim from both fans and critics. The album features eight tracks, including the popular songs "Hell on Earth" and "Out of Control." The success of their first album led to the release of several more albums, including "Praise the Loud" (1986), "Kings of the World" (1988), and "Best of 1984-1989" (1991).
One of the defining features of CJSS is their live performances, which are known for their high energy and intensity. The band has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, playing in venues ranging from small clubs to large arenas. Their concerts often feature elaborate stage setups, with pyrotechnics, lasers, and other special effects.
Despite their success, CJSS faced some setbacks over the years. The band went through several lineup changes, with David T. Chastain being the only consistent member. They also struggled with record label issues, which limited the distribution of their albums. However, the band continued to tour and release new music, and their fan base remained loyal and supportive.
Roadrunner RR 9742 / Shrapnel Records , 1985 , Made in Holland
"Mystery of Illusion" is the debut studio album by heavy metal band Chastain, it was produced by Mike VarneyShow Details
RoadRunneR RR 9689 , 1989 , Made in Netherlands
This album "CHASTAIN - Ruler of the Wasteland " is the second studio album of the American heavy metal band Chastain, released in 1986Show Details
Leviathan LA 862 , 1986 , Made in USA
This is the USA release of "Praise the Loud" which is the 2nd full-length album by the Cincinatti Heavy Metal band: CJSS.Show Details
Black Dragon Records BD 016 yPartx 92 195 , 1986 , Made in France
This French release of the album "Praise the Loud" has completely different album cover, then all the other versions of this album. Chastain collectors may wish to get a copy of this French release.Show Details
Black Dragon Records BD 007 / Leviathan Records , 1986 , Made in France
"World Gone Mad" is the first album which David T. Chastain recorded and released with CJSS, it was released in 1985 on the Leviathan record label.Show Details