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Jamie Saint Merat - Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis - Drum Tracking + Tour Dates
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:44

Jamie Saint Merat and Ulcerate’s Shrines Of Paralysis is a flawless continuation of the band's signature sonic philosophy, spanning eight tracks of forward-thinking death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques round-out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal stylings.

Video on YouTube:

As is characteristic of the band, Shrines Of Paralysis is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape Ulcerate's music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band's most cohesive and powerful release to date.

This video is raw drum tracking, no editing / fixing / quantisation. Sample enhancement for kick drums only (50/50 blend of mic + sample). Audio mix is drum-specific, sans-vocals.

Gear list:

Drums - Pearl Masters BCX

14x5.5" snare

2x 22x18" bass drums

10x8", 12x9" rack toms

14x14", 16x16" floor toms

All Pearl hardware

Cymbals - Meinl

20" Byzance Brilliant China

18" MB8 China 

08" Byzance Brilliant Splash

10" Soundcaster Fusion Splash

16" Byzance Brilliant Medium Thin Crash

19" Classics Custom Dark Crash

14" Classics Custom Dark Hihats

12" Byzance Traditional Mini-Hats

20" Byzance Jazz Sweet Ride

22" MB20 Heavy Bell Ride

08" Classics High Bell

08" Classics Low Bell

Axis pedals, Evans heads, Vater sticks, Shure Mics.

Jamie endorses Meinl Cymbals, Pearl drums and Axis pedals.

Tour Dates - ULCERATE w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:

11/02/2016 Complex - Los Angeles, CA

11/03/2016 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA

11/04/2016 Panic Room - Portland, OR

11/05/2016 Highline - Seattle, WA

11/06/2016 Astoria - Vancouver, BC

11/07/2016 The Golden Bull - Oakland, CA

11/09/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA

11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ

11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall - El Paso, TX

11/12/2016 Limelight - San Antonio, TX

11/13/2016 Acadia Bar - Houston, TX

11/14/2016 Reno's Chop Shop - Dallas, TX

11/15/2016 Siberia - New Orleans, LA

11/16/2016 Atlantic - Gainesville, FL

11/17/2016 The Brass Mug - Tampa, FL

11/18/2016 529 - Atlanta, GA

11/19/2016 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA

11/20/2016 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD

11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA

11/23/2016 Great Scott - Boston, MA

11/24/2016 Piranha Bar - Montreal, QC

11/25/2016 Coalition - Toronto, ON

11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI

11/27/2016 Reggies - Chicago, IL

11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA

11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY

Hannes Grossmann - The Crypts Of Sleep - To Sow The Seeds Of Earth - Exclusive Drum Play-through
Monday, 26 September 2016 18:34

German musical virtuoso Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) is proud to present his much anticipated sophomore album, The Crypts of Sleep. Entirely written, arranged, self-recorded and self-produced by Grossmann between September 2015 and June 2016 at his own Mordor Sounds studio in Veitsbronn, Germany, The Crypts of Sleep is a progressivemetal masterpiece of the highest order. Grossmann plays drums on the entire album and has enlisted the the help of numerous all-stars in the extreme music scene to fill the other roles including Danny Tunker (Alkaloid, Abhorrent, ex-Aborted) - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid, Noneuclid) - Bass, Morean (Alkaloid, Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) - Vocals, Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) - Lead Guitars, Fountainhead (ex-Obscura, Despotic) - Lead Guitars, Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) - Lead Guitars, and Erik Rutan (ex-Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) - Lead Guitars.

From Hannes:

"Being the opener of the album the song is very straightforward and features lots of blast beats, something not new to me. However a new challenge were the super fast double bass runs interspersed in the bridge. It's a doubled 9-tuplet run which at this tempo is a monster to play. But the actual challenge is to make such a pattern fit musically for the composition. And to make it groove."

Kit Specs: 

Tama Starclassic Bubinga 

10,” 12,” 13,” 14" toms

22” x 18" kick drums

14" Tama Stewart Copeland signature snare

Cymbals: Meinl

16" Byzance Brilliant China 

18" Byzance Brilliant crash

10" MB10 splash 

18" classics custom crash

22" MB10 Ride

17 MB10 China

22 Byzance vintage crash

14" mb10 hihat 

14" Byzance Extra Dry hihat 

Heads: Evans EC2 on Toms

EQ3 on kicks and power center reverse dot on Snare

Sticks: Vic Firth 2b

Bandcamp page:


Doug Anderson - Unfathomable Ruination - Exclusive ‘Finitude’ Behind The Scenes Montage
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:21

An exclusive behind the scenes look into the writing and rehearsal process behind Unfathomable Ruination's new album 'Finitude,’ with drummer Doug Anderson. Check out some exclusive video clips of him recording and writing. These demos were the final stepping-stone in the writing process before the band finalized their Sophomore release.

Doug recorded the drums at his home, using an H4N Zoom recorder, an SM57 and his Alesis DM5 module. The kit is a Pearl Export ELX, and the cymbals are Sabian HHX, HH and AAX (plus a couple of cheap Staggs). The snare is an old model Mapex Black Panther in steel, and Doug plays Pearl Eliminator pedals.

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