The idea for Kingdom of Sorrow, the hardcore “supergroup” led by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/ Down guitarist Kirk Windstein was hatched five years ago, when their bands were touring together in the U.K.
“We were just having a blast every day,” Jasta (ne Shanahan), 29, recalls. “Kirk was tagging along to a lot of my radio interviews and we were doing press together and just hanging out all day and all night.
“(Kingdom of Sorrow) came up in a drunken stupor, and we wanted to make sure that when we got home it wasn’t just a drunk conversation that went nowhere. We wanted to follow through.
Now they have. Kingdom of Sorrow’s self-titled debut came out last month, although Jasta notes that it was leaked on the Internet well before its release. “We just hope somebody out there will want to support us and cough up 11 bucks for the CD,” he says.
Meanwhile they’ve taken Kingdom of Sorrow on the road, though Jasta says he doesn’t foresee it as a threat to he and Windstein’s musical “day jobs.”
“Hatebreed is my No. 1 priority,” he explains. “It’s got so much bigger than I ever expected. It’s really become this monster of its own. If Kingdom could ever be that popular, I would be ecstatic.”
Kingdom of Sorrow, Dead to Fall and They Will Be Done perform at 8 p.m. Friday (March 7) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.