Kevin Paradis – 50 Shades of Blast Beat – Instructional Video Premiere

We are very pleased to premiere a new video from drummer Kevin Paradis, entitled: 50 Shades of Blast Beat. Today, many extreme metal drummers think in priority about speed, and at the same time, other drummers just criticize what they judge as a lack of creativity. But even extreme metal drumming is not only about speed, although it is an important part of this kind of drumming. This video is an attempt to show that we can go in many different directions with blast beat patterns, without playing extremely fast. All the blast beat variation of this video are played at 200bpm, but of course, they can be played slower. Some of them are not easy to play. Some others will give you tips to play faster tempo without a perfect technique. Finally, some others will show you how to add easily some tasty things into your blast beat. Even if you are not able to play at an extreme tempo, consider that with your current speed limit, you can already play a lot of different and interesting things. If you don’t want to work on speed anymore, you might find here another way to practice. If you spend some time to work on your coordination, you will be able to play all these different kinds of blast beasts at your own speed comfort. Don’t focus only on the tempo you can reach, but on what you can do at the tempo you have already reached.



Kevin Paradis has studied drums with Dante Agostini method (his teacher was Michel Blanc) during 10 years before to shift into Metal music.

He has proved that he can beat the official world record of single strokes in 1 minute with 1037 strokes played, on his Trick  Drums USA Pro1-V bigfoot pedal, and he has also proved that he can beat the official record of 5 minutes, with 4797 strokes played. While working on speed and stamina, Kevin has also tried to stay in touch with what he has learned with the Dante Agostini method. The drum covers on his Youtube channel range from Nile to Porcupine Tree, including Between The Buried And Me, Ulcerate and Animals As Leader, and can attest to that.

Having played with bands like Melechesh and Benighted, he is currently playing for Mithridatic, Svart Crown and other projects. Kevin is also a studio session drummer.

Kevin proudly endorses Trick Drums USA Pedals and Triggers, Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Pro-mark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, Pour Tchack drum wear, and Serial Drummer drum wear.

Kevin’s Gear:

Pearl Masterwork Drums:

  • Kick 18″ x 24″ – 12 plies of mahogany
  • Snare 6.5″ x 13″ – 4 inner-plies of birch and 8 of mahogany
  • Rack toms 10″ x 10″ and 12″ x 12″ – 10 plies mahogany
  • Floor toms 14″ x 14″ and 16″ x 16″ – mahogany

Sabian Cymbals:

  • 17″ AAX X-treme china brilliant finish
  • 14″ HH hi-hat
  • 17″ HHX X-treme crash brilliant finish
  • 19” HHX X-treme crash brilliant finish
  • 09″ Stage bell
  • 12″ AAX mini china brilliant finish
  • 22″ HH power bell ride brilliant finish
  • 19″ Paragon china

Evans Drumheads:

  • Emad II on kick drums
  • EC frosted on snare top
  • G2 clear on rack toms and floor toms
  • EC II clear on floor toms
  • G1 clear on reso rack toms
  • G12 clear on reso floor toms

Promark 808 oak drumsticks

Trick Drums USA USA Pro 1-V bigfoot chain link double pedal and SB1 trigger system.

Focusrite Clarret 8preX Audio Interface

Audient ASP 800 Octro Preamp

AKG, Shure, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Audio-Technica, Sontronics and Audix microphones.

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