JASON BITTNER (CATEGORY 7): “Think Music You Want To Listen To At A Barbecue, At A Tailgate Party”

Jason Bittner of Category 7.
Jason Bittner of Category 7

There’s a new band in town, and they just might be the Heavy Metal supergroup you’ve been waiting for. Featuring the all-star lineup of John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob, Sonic Universe, Noturnall), Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Kerry King, Vio-Lence), Jack Gibson (Exodus), and Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill), CATEGORY 7 is definitely here to deliver some serious, straight up Heavy Metal in the tradition of bands like Pantera and Van Halen.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had a chance to catch up with Jason Bittner, and talk a little about how Category 7 all came about, and what they have in store for metal fans.


  • John Bush – vocals
  • Phil Demmel – guitar
  • Mike Orlando – guitar
  • Jack Gibson – bass
  • Jason Bittner – drums

Check out the new video by Category 7: “Exhausted”


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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