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.
CHASTAIN - Mystery of Illusion 12" Vinyl LP Album
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 Varney
CJSS - Praise The Loud Chastain ( USA Release ) 12" Vinyl LP Album
Leviathan LA 862 , 1986 , Made in USA
CJSS's "Praise the Loud," the 2nd full-length album from Cincinnati's metal force, is a sonic revelation. Released in 1986 on a 12" Vinyl LP, it encapsulates the raw power and musical genius that defined the band. Anthems like "Hell on Earth" solidify its status as a timeless classic, leaving an indelible mark on the heavy metal landscape.
CJSS - Praise The Loud Chastain ( France Release ) 12" Vinyl LP Album
Black Dragon Records BD 016 yPartx 92 195 , 1986 , Made in France
Explore the sonic realm of CJSS's "Praise the Loud" French release, featuring a distinct cover setting it apart from global editions. This metal masterpiece, born from David T. Chastain's genius, offers a musical odyssey, with the French edition becoming a collector's treasure, boasting a visual departure from the original design
DAVID T CHASTAIN'S CJSS - World Gone Mad 12" Vinyl LP Album
Black Dragon Records BD 007 / Leviathan Records , 1986 , Made in France
CJSS's debut album, "World Gone Mad" (1985), marked a milestone in metal history. Fusing David T. Chastain's stellar guitar work with CJSS's synergy, the album's release on Leviathan Records resonated with the mid-80s metal scene. With tracks like "Communication Breakdown," it became a timeless classic, showcasing the band's technical prowess and lyrical depth.