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Sebastian Thompson - Baroness ‘Purple’ Behind The Scenes - SDM Exclusive
Friday, 30 October 2015 18:28

Baroness' triumphant new album contains some of the biggest, brightest and most glorious riffs and choruses the adventurous rock group has ever recorded. But its title, Purple, also reflects a dark moment in the group's recent history: the terrifying bus crash they survived while on tour in 2012. "The band suffered a gigantic bruise," singer-guitarist John Baizley says of the accident. "It was an injury that prevented us from operating in a normal way for quite some time. Hopefully, this record is the springboard that helps us get away from all that." 

The album, which is due out December 18 and which producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney) helmed, covers the gamut of emotions Baroness have experienced in recent years and serves as their victory cry. Purple finds a revamped lineup of the band – Baizley and Pete Adams (guitar, vocals) and new additions Nick Jost (bass, keyboards) and Sebastian Thomson (drums) – playing 10 intricately textured tunes and singing about the worry they felt immediately after the crash ("If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)"), the struggle to recover as smoothly as possible ("Chlorine & Wine") and their ongoing quest for survival ("The Iron Bell"). From its bulldozing opener "Morningstar" to the avant-garde 17-second closer "Crossroads of Infinity," the record is at once both their most emotionally threadbare and musically complex offering to date, with passages that allude to their classic-rock roots as much as their crushing metal past.

"We didn't want to make a mellow, sad, dark thing," Adams says. "We needed to be up-tempo. We needed to be melodic, and it also needed to be aggressive. In all of that, I think we were able to get out everything we felt, all of the emotion involved, everything from being angry to wanting to continue to push forward."

From Sebastian:

“I used two kits, both Ludwig. One is a new Maple Classic with a 24" kick, 14" rack and 18" floor.

The other is a late 70s Ludwig that I bought used a long time ago, not sure the exact line. It's a 22" kick, 13" rack and 16" floor.

On "Desperation Burns" and "Kerosene" I used roto toms instead of toms. Four of them- 8", 10", 12" and 14".

On all the tracks I used a 6.5" by 14" Ludwig Super Sensitive, probably late 70’s too. 

On all the toms I used Evans EC2 clear heads, on the snare the Evans STD coated, and on the kicks I used Remo Powerstroke 3’s.

All the cymbals are Meinl- all Byzance Brilliant. 15" hats, 18" Medium Crashes and a 22" Medium Ride. 

On "Fugue" I used a cobbled together kit of all small sizes with t-shirts on everything and super old cymbals. All stuff that Dave Fridmann had in the studio.”



Baroness Tour Dates:

November 27  Columbus, OH  Ace of Cups

November 28  Chicago, IL  Beat Kitchen  SOLD OUT

November 29  Madison, WI  Frequency  SOLD OUT

December 1  St. Louis, MO  The Demo

December 2  Lawrence, KS  Jackpot Music Hall

December 4  Oklahoma City, OK  89th Street Collective

December 5  Dallas, TX  Double Wide  SOLD OUT

December 6  Austin, TX  Mohawk  SOLD OUT

December 8  Houston, TX  Rudyard’s  SOLD OUT

December 9  New Orleans, LA  Gasa Gasa

December 11  Gainesville, FL  8-BIT Bar  SOLD OUT

December 12  Savannah, GA  The Jinx  SOLD OUT

December 13   Atlanta, GA  The Earl

December 15  Chapel Hill, NC  Local 506  SOLD OUT

December 16  Richmond, VA  Strange Matter  SOLD OUT

December 18  Baltimore, MD  Metro Gallery  SOLD OUT

December 19  Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda’s  SOLD OUT

December 20  Brooklyn, NY  Saint Vitus Bar  SOLD OUT

Pre-order packages for Purple, which feature an instant download of “Chlorine & Wine” as well as a limited edition colored vinyl version of the new album, two picture discs, t-shirts and other unique items are available now via this link: Digital pre-orders, which also include an instant download of “Chlorine & Wine,” are available via iTunes (, Amazon ( and Google Play (

Adam Jarvis - Misery Index - Conjuring The Cull - Drum Play-Through Contest
Monday, 21 September 2015 20:23

Adam Jarvis - Misery Index - Conjuring The Cull - Drum Play-Through Contest

The Details:

In conjunction with Season of Mist Records, Sick Drummer Magazine is pleased to announce a drum play-through video contest with drummer Adam Jarvis of Misery Index/Pig Destroyer. All you need to do for your chance to win is film yourself playing ‘Conjuring The Cull,’ by Misery Index, upload it to your own channel, then paste your video link as a comment to the playlist video below on the Sick Drummer YouTube Channel - we will add your entry to the playlist.

The Rules:

  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  • Paste your video link as a comment to the video linked above - we will add it to the playlist.
  • You may use kick triggers only and play an acoustic set, no electronic drums.
  • You can wear headphones to listen while you play, but there can be no Misery Index audio in your entry video, drums only.
  • If you live outside the U.S., you may be required to cover shipping charges.
  • No entries will be counted if sent after November 6, 2015 at 10:00pm EST.

The Prizes:

One winner will be chosen by Adam Jarvis and will receive a 16” Sabian AA Rock Crash, signed by the members of Misery Index and Pig Destroyer, as well as a copy of “The Killing Gods” CD from Misery Index.

Good Luck!

Misery Index will be hitting the road October 27th with Hate Eternal, Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil! 

This show is not to be missed, so get out there and see a show.

Oct. 27 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Oct. 28 Baltimore, MD @ Orpheus

Oct. 29 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Oct. 30 Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station

Oct. 31 Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog Cincinnati

Nov. 1 New Baltimore, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge

Nov. 2 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

Nov. 3 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Live

Nov. 4 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

Nov. 5 Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn

Nov. 6 Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

Nov. 7 Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub

Nov. 8 TBA

Nov. 10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

Nov. 11 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

Nov. 12 Portland, OR @ Dante's

Nov. 13 Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater

Nov. 14 Glendale, CA @ Complex

Nov. 15 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red Theaters %

Nov. 16 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

Nov. 18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

Nov. 19 TBA

Nov. 20 Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West

Nov. 21 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

Nov. 22 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

Nov. 24 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre Saint Petersburg *

Nov. 25 Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co. *

* Hate Eternal only

% With Cattle Decapitation

JP Andrade - Windfaerer - Celestial Supremacy - Exclusive Drum Play-Through
Thursday, 13 August 2015 19:31

JP Andrade - Windfaerer - Celestial Supremacy - Exclusive Drum Play-Through:

Mixed and Mastered by Bobby Torres at Frightbox Studios.

New Jersey’s own Windfaerer forges a soundscape that entwines folkloric elegance with black metal ferocity. A portmanteau meaning, “one who travels with the wind,” like a vessel lost at sea, the name Windfaerer sets a melancholic atmosphere of longing for a return to a homeland, yet with hopeful eyes set toward the unknown.


JP's Gear:

Drumcraft Series 8 Birch Drum Kit
Gretsch 7" x 13" Mahogany Snare Drum
Evans Drumheads
Mapex Raptor Direct Drive Pedals
TRX Cymbals,
Dream Cymbals
Zildjian Cymbals

Upcoming Show Dates:

10/07/2015 - Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY

Tenebrosum will be released independently on September 22nd, 2015. 

It can be pre-ordered here:

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