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Tony Laureano, originally from Puerto Rico, has played with a number of different metal bands including: Dimmu Borgir, Nile, Angelcorpse, Malevolent Creation, God Dethroned, Acheron, Aurora Borealis, Belphegor, Nachtmystium, 1349 and Brujeria.
Tony is known as one of metal's fastest and most brutal drummers, having recorded on legendary albums like: Nile's "In Their Darkened Shrines", Angelcorpse's "The Inexorable" and many others. Tony is also well known for touring with Dimmu Borgir, including their performances at Ozzfest 2004, replacing Nicholas Barker and at Wacken 2007. Laureano also took the place of 1349 drummer Frost on the Enslaved tour during September 2006 in the UK, as Frost was busy writing material with Satyricon.
In June 2007, he returned to Dimmu Borgir stepping in for Hellhammer, who was recovering from a neck injury. He was later replaced by ex-Vader drummer Daray in late August, who was to become Dimmu Borgir's new drummer for the upcoming album.
Tony toured in the Summer of 2009 with All That Remains, due to their drummer Jason Costa suffering a broken hand and has some things coming up, so stay tuned…
– Naphobia, Of Hell (1995)
– Aurora Borealis, Mansions of Eternity (1996)
– Acheron, Those Who Have Risen (1998)
– Angelcorpse, The Inexorable (1999)
– God Dethroned, Ravenous (2001)
– Internecine, Book of Lambs (2002)
– Nile, In Their Darkened Shrines (2002)
– Malevolent Creation, Conquering South America (2004)
– Aurora Borealis, Relinquish (2005)
– Nachtmystium, Assassins: Black Meddle, Part 1 (2008)
SDM: How old were you when you started playing?
Tony: I was 18, so you could say I got a late start. When I figured out I wanted to play drums, I wanted play double bass right of way, but I couldn't afford a double bass kit at the time, so I held off on drumming and played bass instead for a few years. Eventually a friend of mine offered to sell me his double bass kit for a good deal, so I sold my bass gear and bought my first drum set.
SDM: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
SDM: Who are your top 5 metal influences?
Tony: Dave Lombardo, Gene Hoglan, Pete Sandoval, Sean Reinert and Doc (R.I.P.)
SDM: Who are some other of your favorites?
Tony: Man, there's tons: Chuck Biscuits, Scott Travis, Stephen Perkins, Tommy Lee, Steve Flynn, Nicke Anderson, Alex Marquez, Lee Harrison, Paul Bostaph, Perry Strickland, Chris Reifert, Marco Minnemann, Ray Luzier, Thomas Lang, Mike Portnoy, Mike Mangini, Virgil Donati, Hellhammer, Dennis The Menace, Fenriz, Kai Hahto, Daniel Erlandsson, Dirk Verbeuren, Richard Christy, Mikkey Dee, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, Sean Kinney, Donald Tardy, Steve Ashiem, Brann Dailor, Shannon Larkin, Sahnnon Lucas, Norman Lonhard, Derek Roddy, Inferno, and the list goes on. I'm sure I've forgotten several noteworthy examples, but I could do this all day. I tend to find something interesting in most drummers' playing.
SDM: Let us know 5 CD's that are in your current rotation.
Yakuza – Of Seismic Consequence
Teratism – Via Negativa
Autopsy – Severed Survival
Djerv – Headstone
Triptykon – Shatter
SDM: What do you do to warm up before a show?
Tony: For the longest time the most I would maybe do would be practice singles and doubles with my hands for about 10 minutes before going on stage. However, while I was touring with All That Remains in 2009, I had the opportunity to warm up on a fully set up kit since the tour we were on required all the backline to be set up in the morning. I would do 8th notes with my feet while playing singles, doubles, three's, and different other combinations on top, all the while increasing the tempo little by little. The warm up went from 30 minutes to eventually moving up to almost 2 hours. However, I don't always have the abundance of time I had on that particular tour, so I try to stick to a very regimented version of what I previously described, but keeping it to about an hour.
SDM: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have effected your playing?
Tony: I do not, nor can I say how it's affected my playing other than I would have more knowledge if I did read.
SDM: Can you tell us about the gear you use?
Tony: For pedals, I've used Trick Pro 1-V Bigfoots for about 4 years and I love them. It's the best pedal out there, bar none. Cymbals are from Sabian. I use HHX for my crashes and hats, and AAX for my effect cymbals such as splashes, chinas, and even rides. I really love the HH line, but I find that the effect cymbals need a brighter cut, so that's why use the AAX or AA for those. I use Evans drum heads, Genera HD Dry on the snare, EC2s on top of the toms and clear G1s on the bottom. I also use the EC2s for the kicks. The sticks I use are from Vic Firth, I've been playing Extreme 5A's for years, but have recently decided to switch to the SD9 Drivers, and nowadays I prefer wood tip over nylon. As far as drums, I've been mostly using loaners from Pearl or rentals in the last few years, and I will be getting a new kit this year. I also have 2 other kits at home, one is a Tama and the other a Yamaha. As far as the configuration, it changes depending on the band I'm playing with. For kick triggers, I've always used Ddrum, but I want to check out the new Trick triggers. From what I can see, they are the only ones I could see bumping me away from the Ddrums. As far as drum and cymbal cofiguration, that changes depending on which band I play with.
SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be…
Tony: Play to the music. I'm a huge fan of creativity and I'm all for adding interesting parts. If you find yourself in a situation that allows you to go over the top, go for it. But the trick is to make it fit to the music, as it all has to come together in the end.
SDM: Who gave the best live performance you've ever seen?
Tony: Can't really comment on that, it's like asking who's my favorite drummer. I've seen lots of good performances over the years from many of the drummers on the lists above. I did get to watch Dave Lombardo from behind the kit in 2009, that was amazing not only because he's such a huge influence, but also because he was on fire on that whole tour. He's always been great, but it was so inspiring to see him so pumped and ready to go. Most drummers that have his longevity tend to get on auto pilot, and I can understand that as I've been guilty of that myself, so watching him throwdown on the Slayer set list like it was something new to him was really refreshing.
SDM: Aside from drumming, what else do you like to do?
Tony: I find bike riding to be very theraputic. Nothing clears your head like pedaling for 15-20 miles. If possible, I even try to ride on tour. It just depends on things like if there's room in the trailer for the bike or if I have to fly in somewhere to start a tour. Other than that, the average activities of most normal humans.