The second coming of CHASTAIN with Leather Leone on vocals began in 2013. Over the next five years, the band released five albums: 2013's "Surrender To No One", 2014's "Surrender To No One: Uncut", 2015's "We Bleed Metal", 2016's "Chastainium" and 2017's "We Bleed Metal 17".
"1319" takes tracks from each of those five albums and presents them with different arrangements. Guitarist and producer David T. Chastain explains: "'1319' is the album we would have released if we only could 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 metal fan who may have never experienced the music before. For longtime CHASTAIN fans, I believe they will dig 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 song on any of the five releases. David adds: "We chose the tracks that I 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. Of course, I could probably do that with any release in the world. The perfect album has yet to be released. Something can always be better."
Also included on "1319" is the never-before-released track "The First Attack". That song was originally recorded during the "Surrender To No One" sessions but, due to time constraints, was not included on the final product.
David adds: "Having Stian Kristoffersen 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."