Drummer Bobby JarzombekHey, everyone in MD land! I wanted to tell you a little bit about the latest project I’m involved in, Zierler Projects, a transatlantic progressive metal configuration involving three Scandinavians and two Texans.

About a year or so ago I was contacted by Finn Zierler—hence the band name—asking if I would possibly be interested in playing on some of his music. He sent me one song, which coincidentally was “Aggrezzor,” the tune in the video link below. I was immediately taken by what I heard. This was definitely the type of stuff I could sink my teeth into and get really creative on the drums and challenge myself, similar to when I was doing Spastic Ink a few years ago and, more recently, Arch/Matheos.

So over the course of 2012, I began working on drum parts (kudos to my ZP mate Per Nilsson who came up with some really imaginative drum programming to work off of) and recording songs, or parts of songs, between tours with Sebastian Bach, Fates Warning, and Arch/Matheos. I have a pretty good setup at my home studio in San Antonio, otherwise known as Blue House Studios, where I’ve been doing projects for a few years now. I also made it a point to document most of the recording process and set up multiple Flip cameras to record myself playing the songs.

The setup I used for this recording is pretty much identical to what I use when I play with Sebastian Bach and Fates Warning, but I ended up adding three extra Paiste splashes and a 10″ cymbal stack. From left to right (when sitting behind the kit) the splashes are 8″, 10″, and 12″. The cymbal stack is positioned between the 8″ and 10″ splashes. I felt like the intricacy of the music demanded more colors. Before anyone asks about the missing back cymbals in the video, they’ve always been more of a show element, so I only use them in a live setting but never in the studio.

My next studio date is looming just around the corner, as I am getting ready to record the new Fates Warning album. Although I’ve been touring with the band since 2006, this will be my first Fates record, not counting 2011’s Sympathetic Resonance by Arch/Matheos, which involved the current FW lineup plus original Fates vocalist John Arch. I’m really looking forward to it. In the meantime, check out Zierler Projects. We’re currently in the mixing stages, and the album will be out ahead of the new Fates record.


To watch the video click here http://youtu.be/WJY_iCIPkYo.

For more on Bobby visit www.bobbyjarzombek.com.