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T.J. Childers - Inter Arma - Transfiguration + Tour Dates
Thursday, 03 November 2016 15:09

After already having taken forward-thinking extreme music to unprecedented heights over the course of their short but propulsive career, drummer T.J Childers and Richmond's Inter Arma are back with another opus of epic proportions. Like the band's previous works, the new album 'Paradise Gallows' is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. Inter Arma's signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend 'Paradise Gallows 'a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album's sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band's first-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks over 71 minutes of expansive, progressive heaviness. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, 'Paradise Gallows' is a vibrant blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, avant-garde, black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band's already monumental discography.


Video By: Frank Huang (Demo Reel:

Drums: Ludwig Classic Maple

2 x 14" x 24" kicks

12" x 14" tom tom

16" x 16" floor tom

16" x 18" floor tom

T.J Childers - Inter ArmaSnare: Pearl Free-Floating Brass

8" x "14

Cymbals: Zildjian

22" A Medium Ride

20" A Ping Ride

21" K Crash/Ride

21" A Sweet Ride

20" A Custom Crash

15" A New Beat Hi-Hats

14" A Hi-Hats (70s)

10" A Splash

Trick Pro 1-V Bigfoot Pedals, Evans Heads, Vic Firth Sticks, AKG Mics

Tour Dates: 

**All Dates with Carcass and Deafheaven**

Nov 07 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre

Nov 09 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City

Nov 10 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904

Nov 11 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre

Nov 14 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By The Sea

Nov 15 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

Nov 17 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony

Nov 18 - Reading, PA - Reverb

Nov 19 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall

Nov 20 - Patchogue, NY - The Emporium

Nov 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance

Nov 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater

Nov 23 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom

Nov 24 - Kitchener, ON - Dallas

Nov 25 - Valparaiso, IN - Big Shots

Nov 26 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note

Nov 27 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre


Photo By: Maclyn Bean Photography

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.

You can purchase the new album 'Shrines Of Paralysis' here:

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:


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