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James Payne Instructional DVD ‘The Secrets of Extreme Metal Drumming’ Available For Purchase
Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:30

You may know drummer James Payne from his work with Hour of Penance, Hiss From The Moat, the Drum House Project or more recently with Vital Remains. James is the co-founder of the youtube channel The DrumBrother. James proudly endorses Tama drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic-Firth drum sticks, Remo heads and WESC clothing. James is constantly touring with bands and doing clinics all over the world and is always available for drum lessons, so feel free to contact him via the Facebook link below and book a lesson with him. James is an outstanding drummer/instructor and his new DVD, The Secrets of Extreme Metal Drumming, is now in-stock and available for purchase.

The Secrets of Extreme Metal Drumming includes over 2 hours of instructional footage based on the Freddie Gruber approach of drumming applied to extreme metal playing. Starting from the most basic information to the most advanced tips on techniques and fast drumming.

James will explain how our bodies and brains work on drums, doing segments on preparing our bodies to move correctly, applying it on the drum set, controlling all external forces and more. James will also tell you which exercises you can to do to improve speed and endurance, as other DVD’s do, but will also tell you how to do them and why.

You can order your copy here:

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Danny Morris - Maruta - Remain Dystopian - Exclusive Studio Cam
Monday, 22 June 2015 11:48

A few words from drummer Danny Morris: "I started playing drums on a Wal-Mart drum kit my Grandparents bought me when I was 14 years old. The only reason I started playing drums at all, was to play like Nile on the In their Darkened Shrines record.  I'm also really into Black Metal and play in two other bands. Gates of Mourning and Dzoavits. I feel you can hear a lot of that influence in my playing. Usually I don't like to play a song that doesn't have at least one blast beat. Current bands I'm listening to are Carach Angren, Visceral Disgorge and Belphegor."


Full album stream: 

Music video for Hope Smasher:  

Danny’s Gear:

Drums: PDP Concept Maple by DW 5-Piece 

Bass Drum: 22” x 18" 

Rack Toms: 10” x 8” and 12” x 9"

Floor Tom: 16” x 14"

Snare: PDP 14” x 5.5”

Pedals: Axis Longboards

Cymbals: Mix of Meinl and Sabian

Sticks: 5B Vic-Firth  

Upcoming Tour Dates

European Tour with Evisorax

Jun 25 - Liverpool, UK - Maguires Pizza

Jun 26 - Bristol, UK - The Red Lion

Jun 27 - London, UK - The Unicorn

Jun 28 - Kortrijk, BE - The Pit's

Jun 29 - Bordeaux, FR - Les Runes

Jun 30 - Toulouse, FR - Les Pavillons Sauvages

Jul 01 - Bilbao, SP - Stage Live

Jul 02 - Logrono, SP - Villatruño Squat

Jul 03 - Villefranche-de-Rouergue, FR - Mauriac Farmhouse

Jul 04 - Turin, IT - Sabato 4 Luglio

Jul 05 - Brescia, IT - Circolo Colony

Jul 06 - Budapest, HU - Dürer Kert

Jul 07 - Brno, CZ - RC Brooklyn

Jul 08 - Halle, DE - Reil 78

Jul 09 - Dresden, DE - Club Novitatis

Jul 10 - Potsdam, DE - Black Fleck

Jul 11 - Trutnov, CZ - Obscene Extreme

Get Your Photo Taken Behind Neil Peart’s Legendary DW Hockey Drum Kit - Proceeds Benefit The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 21:44

Fans of iconic Canadian rock band Rush will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pose for a picture behind legendary drummer Neil Peart’s one-of-a-kind, Collector’s Series® Drum Workshop (DW) hockey-themed drumset on the band’s upcoming R40 Live Anniversary Tour. Highly recognized by hockey fans and Rush fans alike, Peart was featured playing his percussion-focused rendition of The Hockey Theme on the drumset in the opening sequence of hockey telecasts on The Sports Network (TSN) and has been on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame along with the Stanley Cup since 2010. Peart’s iconic drumset will be displayed on the Canadian dates of the R40 tour alongside a signed, limited edition Neil Peart Icon Snare from DW and a signed Sabian cymbal which will both be auctioned on eBay. 100% of the photo donations and auction proceeds will go to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

“This drumset has brought a lot of excitement to hockey fans and Rush fans all across Canada,” said Drum Workshop vice president of marketing, Scott Donnell. “It’s only fitting that these fans be afforded the opportunity to get behind this special kit as part of Rush’s R40 Canadian tour dates. We also felt it was fitting that Neil’s drums of choice could raise dollars and awareness for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Neil’s charity of choice.”

Photo opportunities with Peart’s iconic hockey kit will be available on the Canadian R40 Live Tour dates including:

  • June 17 - Toronto – Air Canada Centre
  • June 19 - Toronto – Air Canada Centre
  • June 21 - Montreal – Bell Centre
  • July 15 - Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome
  • July 17 - Vancouver – Rogers Arena

For a minimum $10.00 donation to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, photo opportunities with Neil Peart’s DW hockey drumset will be available when doors open one hour prior to the start of each show and will be available until the end of the band’s scheduled intermission. A valid concert ticket is required.

From July 18th – July 27th, Rush fans from around the world can bid in the eBay charity auction for a Neil Peart Icon Snare Drum autographed by Rush. An exact replica of the snare drum on Peart’s one-of-a-kind #R40 drumset, this limited edition snare is made from 1500-year-old Romanian River Oak salvaged from the bottom of the Olt River. Inlaid with intricate, laser-cut exotic woods, and complimented by gold-plated hardware -- only 250 of these drums were ever produced. A signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum. In addition, fans will also have the opportunity to bid on a 17” Paragon Crash Cymbal from Sabian autographed by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. 100% of the proceeds from the auction of these items will go to Peart’s charity of choice, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit

 “We are absolutely thrilled to be partners in this amazing touring event,” stated Paul Alofs, president & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “As a long-time fan, to have Neil Peart select The Princess Margaret as his charity of choice is a real honour, and will help us in our mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime.”   

The iconic hockey kit was created for Peart in DW’s custom shop in 2009 featuring airbrushed, lacquer graphics of 30 NHL logos and custom ice blue hardware. The kit was used in the recording of Peart’s recording of The Hockey Theme written by Dolores Clamen which was made available on iTunes with a portion of proceeds benefitting Hockey Fights Cancer and was also featured in the 2010 DVD “Fire on Ice: The Making of the Hockey Theme.”

The kit will make its final stop in Calgary, where it will permanently reside at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, and join over 2,000 artifacts in NMC’s collection, which represent the history of music technology and tell the story of music in Canada. Learn more at

Celebrating 40 years, the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer, which began May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishes August 1st in Los Angeles, CA. For more information visit, 

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.


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