A couple months ago we ran a drum play-through video contest with Paul Seidel of Nightmarer and their song 'Ceremony of Control,' in conjunction with TAMA Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Evans Heads and ProMark Sticks. Participants had access to notation, a backing track, a click track and GuitarPro files, all graciously provided by Paul. Thanks to Paul and all the contributing sponsors, we are now honored to announce the winners, and provide a link to our YouTube Playlist with all entries. There were so many amazing entries, it made this very hard to decide. Congrats to all the winners, and a huge thank you to all who entered!
1. Tamás Rubóczki - Won a 14” X 6.5” TAMA Soundworks Steel Snare + 10” Nightmarer Chasm Ep (Neon Splatter Vinyl)
2. Viacheslav - won 6 Pairs Of ProMark Sticks (Of Your Choice) + 10” Nightmarer Chasm Ep (Neon Splatter Vinyl)
3. Zach Paris - won a Meinl Cymbals Jawbreaker Practice Pad + Nightmarer Chasm Ep (Neon Splatter Vinyl)
Gus Rios’ Drum Play-through for Gruesome's "Raped By Darkness." The 'Dimensions of Horror' EP is out now on CD/LP/CS/Digital via Relapse Records. Multi-state death metal project GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the original Death To All Tour (Harvey served as frontman for the original mini-tour and Rios both performed “Baptized in Blood” and worked with drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support). After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of Death To All to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to Death. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast.
GRUESOME released a pair of single-song demos in 2014, and was subsequently signed by Relapse Records in June of that year, with a full-length release (recorded in Florida, of course) planned for early the next year. The result of those recordings would become the band’s debut full- length Savage Land, a truly gruesome slab of Leprosy-styled death metal released in April 2015. It’s clear from the song quality on Savage Land that GRUESOME is humbly determined to keep Death’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible, and the critical acclaim for Savage Land has reflected the band’s dedication. Metal Injection called Savage Land “the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim declared that “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring.”
After the positive reception of Savage Land, GRUESOME knew they wanted to continue further with their tribute, and decided that any true Death tribute band would have to sink its teeth into the undiluted savagery of Death’s early material. Their forthcoming EP reflects that sentiment: produced by the band and co-produced / recorded with Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation Studios RMP in Orlando, FL, Dimensions of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’siconic Scream Bloody Gore and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME‘s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, always brutal, and always irresistible. With an all- star lineup and unmatched songwriting skills, GRUESOME is willing and able to propel the historical sentiment and sincerity of Death’s spirit into the present.
Daniel Gonzalez - Guitar Matt Harvey - Guitar, vocals Robin Mazen - Bass Gus Rios - Drums
From Eric: “Vale of Pnath is a 5-piece melodic technical death metal band from Denver, CO. We play fast notes in an order that would surprise you, and “II” you won't believe, as in album #2, as in the name of our second album, which is entitled "II". Our new album features a new line-up and some really great new songs full of leveled-up melodic technicality, catchy riffs that rock out at quick tempos, and some ripper guest solos from a few of the most talented guitarists we know.”
“The album was recorded with Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon) and this video was made in my home studio. There are a couple minor mistakes because originally this wasn't going to be just a drum video, but all the parts are accurate, so I dare you to enjoy it all the same.”
II comes out on June 10, and we'll be hitting the road in July to promote it alongside Arkaik and Singularity.
At the moment Eric uses, abuses and does not endorse any of the following: