Jason Hirt is a Minnesota-based drummer. His journey as a drummer started at the age of six. Throughout his teenage years, Jason’s interest in drumming grew, and it quickly became his life’s passion. Jason went on to attend McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying percussion.
Since the age of 14, Jason has been performing with various groups throughout the Minnesota and Mid-West music scene. Jason has enjoyed international success as the drummer of Black Metal band Ghost Bath (Nuclear Blast Entertainment). Jason spent time touring extensively with the band in 2016. He also performed on Ghost Bath’s highly anticipated full-length release ‘Starmourner.’
“Starmourner,” takes these concepts to a higher level. It explores joy (instead of sorrow), the cosmos (instead of earth), and paradise (instead of purgatory.) But most importantly, it explores ecstasy -instead of tragedy- as its basic human emotion. With over 72 minutes of heavy, melodic, and dramatic black metal, it is Ghost Bath’s most ambitious undertaking yet.
The album takes its listener on a journey in a variety of ways; Each track is accompanied by a beautifully crafted painting as well as a “parable” to read alongside. This allows the listener to explore not only the audio soundscapes, but a visual and imaginative experience through as they delve into the album. “The stories, or parables, look into jewish angelology and the hierarchy of angels as found in the bible and other religious texts,” says Nameless. Although the album has a definitive joyful and hopeful feel, it is still drenched in depression and sorry, as any true Ghost Bath record should be.”
Ghost Bath began touring in 2016, playing their first string of shows along the west coast of the United States. They headlined tours in the US, Canada, and Europe over the span of three months as well as supported larger acts such as Converge, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, and Goatwhore. Although it was their first time on the road as a band, they played the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in the United Kingdom (only their 22nd show ever) and a variety of other festivals during their month long excursion to Europe.
2017 looks bright for the band as they have already announced a spot at Hellfest in Clisson, France. “We’ve been brainstorming and working on new ideas,” Nameless states. “We want to bring something new to experience at our live shows with the release of this new album. We love playing live and plan to do so as often as possible in 2017.”
SJC Custom Drums:
9”x10” rack tom, 12”x14” and 14”x16” floor toms. 7.5”x14” snare.
Paiste 14” 2002 Sound Edge Hi Hats, Paiste 20” Giant Beat Crash, Paiste 20” 2002 Crash, Paiste 20” 2002 Ride, Sabian 19” AA Holy China, Sabian 10” AAX O-Zone splash.
ProMark 5A American Hickory drumsticks and Remo Drumheads
“Thrones” track video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Ez_MHbVAE&index=4&list=PLB4brr7vf-P6FUXPRhfNKDFHVD83bhu1J
“Ambrosial” track video: https://youtu.be/QqnmSMNxlTE