Dan Presland – A Million Dead Birds Laughing – Martyrdom – Exclusive Drum Play-through. Australian Progressive Grind act, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, have recently released their new record ‘To The Ether.’ Featuring Dan Presland on drums (Ne Obliviscaris, Vipassi), and Ben Boyle on guitar (Vipassi, Hadal Maw). The new record takes a space/grind/almost theatrical blend of music. ‘Martyrdom’ is the height of craziness and weird on the record.
The video is from the actual studio sessions from 2016. Tracked at Pony Music with Troy McCosker.
Pearl Masterworks Custom Drums – All maple drums with reinforcement rings and thin shells.
10, 12″ rack toms
14, 16″ floor toms
20 x 20″ kick drums
14 x 6.5″ Reference brass snare
All Zildjian cymbals
16, 18″ A custom crashes
18″ K custom dark crash
6.5″ Zil Bel
9″ Oriental trash splash/8″ K custom splash stack
10″ S class china splash
8″ K custom dark splash
14″ Oriental china/10″ S class china splash stack
14″ A custom hi-hats
13″ K custom dark hi-hats
17″ K custom hybrid china
19″ K custom china
20″ K custom ride
21″ K custom hybrid ride
Vic Firth Rock sticks
Remo Emperor heads on tom batter side, Ambassador on the resonant side. Remo P77 used on the snare head with ambassador snare bottom.
Dan proudly endorses Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Remo drumheads.
A Million Dead Birds Laughing represent a statement of serious intent to offer up something fresh and sinister to the musical ether.
“Strange is the world
Why should men receive life in this world?
Men’s lives are as meaningless as the lives of insects
The terrible folly of such suffering
A man lives but as briefly as a flower
Destined all too soon to decay into the stink of flesh
Humanity strives all its days to sear its own flesh
In the flames of base desire
Exposing itself to fate’s five calamities
Heaping karma upon karma
All that awaits man at the end of his travails
Is the stench of rotting flesh
That will yet blossom into flower
It’s foul odor rendered into sweet perfume
The life of man
– Evil Spirit – Kumonosu-jo (Throne of Blood)