Italian metal drummer, Raphael Saini, has been playing drums since the age of 14 and has played with many different bands, as well as toured Europe several times with his project Chaoswave before starting his career as a session drummer. This is Raphael playing Malato Terminale from Cripple Bastards.
25 years after their conception Cripple Bastards still hold high the banner of Italy’s most hostile and aggressive Grind/Hardcore unit around. With one foot firmly in the past, and all the vicious savagery of manic fast 80’s Hardcore extremity, C.B. are charging forwards, with bloodshot eyes and rabid “get out and bite them” attitude, ready to introduce their brand new 2014 full length album on Relapse Records and consolidate their ongoing mission of bringing nihilistic, grinding hatred to every corner of an undeserving mankind.
Raphael has studied drums with many teachers including Dino Verdade, John Macaluso, George Kollias, Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex Angra), Fernando Schaefer, Amilcar Cristofaro (Torture Squad), Ricardo Confessori (Angra), Jean Dolabella (ex-Sepultura), Dinho Goncalves, Nana Aragao, Giorgio Del Rio and Daniele Russo.
His Brazilian roots gave him the opportunity to study drums in schools like Souza Lima (nominated student of the month in December 2005), and also Bateras Beat, the biggest Brazilian drum school. This all led to Raphael writing for the biggest Italian drum magazine called Batteria e Percussioni (also known as Ritmi), interviewing many well-known metal drummers and dealing with modern metal drum subjects. Raphael has performed drum clinics/workshops all over Italy, having the chance to show his studies and his teaching approach.
Raphael has played and recorded with many bands including Master, Abomination, Arhythmia, Iced Earth, Vision of Atlantis, Paul Gilbert, One Machine, Chaoswave, We Are Building Ruins, Sanisickation, Mutilated Soul, Corpsefucking Art, Misbelieving and many more.
Raphael’s Gear Used:
Drumset: Tama Superstar Hyperdrive
10,” 12,” 16″ toms
Snare: Tama Slp – 14″ x 6.5″ black brass
Pedals: Iron Cobra
14″ – M-Series Hats
18″ – Soundcaster fusion crash
20″ – Mb10 Crash
21″ – Mb10 heavy bell ride
18″ – Classics custom china
10″ – Mb10 splash
12″ – Generation x 10 /12 electro stack
Evans G12 on toms, G14 on floor (resonant glass as resonant on all toms)
Emad on the kick
Hd Dry on the snare
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