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December 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 12

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Articles in December 2019

Dynamicx

We received two gorgeous Medallion Brass snares for review: a 5x14 in Torch Patina and a 6.5x14 featuring a black-nickel finish with a hand-engraved six-leaf pattern.

By Michael Dawson
Oct 29, 2019

Brian Chippendale on Lightning Bolt's Sonic Citadel

Throughout the album Gibson’s signature buzz-saw tone, Chippendale’s familiar crackling vocals, and the drummer’s slashing snare shred.

By Willie Rose
Oct 29, 2019

Sympathy for the Drummer

The book tries to clarify the ineffable: what is the essence of Charlie Watts?

by John Colpitts
Oct 29, 2019

New Releases from Jonathan Blake, Matt Slocum, Barrett Martin Group, and More!

Johnathan Blake continues to demonstrate his abilities as an exciting, creative drummer on his third album as a leader.

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2019

What’s Your Favorite Danny Carey Track?

I’d say “Ticks and Leeches.” He incorporates ghost notes into the main groove, which you don’t really hear too often in Tool’s music. Also, the intro is a beast, and the song’s vibe is highly distinguishable from all of the…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2019
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New Gear from Tama, Gon Bops, BeatSeat, DPA, and Canopus

Tama S.L.P. New-Vintage Hickory Drumset and Powerpad Throne Case This hickory kit’s tonal focus emphasizes a mid-range timbre. The Direct Flexi-Mount, 2.3 mm steel Mighty Hoops, and Evans G1 Coated heads offer an open sound, while the dark lacquered bass…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2019

Linda Pitmon

Her main dictate is to rock consistently, creatively, sometimes on a moment’s notice, and always like her life depends on it.

Story by Adam Budofsky
Oct 29, 2019

The 2019 DCI World Championship Results

Blue Devils corps held on to a narrow lead of less than a tenth of a point to win a record-breaking nineteenth championship.

Story and Photos by Lauren Vogel Weiss
Oct 29, 2019

Tool's Danny Carey - We are Back!

  It's been thirteen years since Tool’s last album, 2006’s 10,000 Days, but the faithful need wait no more, because Tool, and a never-better Danny Carey, are back. With their new album, Fear Inoculum, the band continues down the road…

Story by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photos by Travis Shinn
Oct 29, 2019

Memphis Drum Shop, Memphis, Tennessee

Gongs are another area where Memphis Drum Shop stands out, with the by-appointment-only Memphis Gong Chamber and My Gong video series.

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2019

Tama Starclassic Drumset

After extensive research and development, Tama announced the next phase for the Starclassic line: the Walnut/Birch drumkit.

by David Ciauro
Oct 29, 2019
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Jerry Roe

By day he makes hits with country-music superstars.

Story by Jeff Potter | Photos by Rick Malkin
Oct 29, 2019

Andy Woodard and Jola with Adam Ant

Now, more than three and a half decades later, Ant is hitting the road for an international Friend or Foe live run that lasts through late November.

By Willie Rose
Oct 29, 2019

Security Project's Jerry Marotta The Rhythm and the Heat

Recreating the sounds and grooves he conceived with Peter Gabriel — and reminding us just how shockingly satisfying they were.

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Paul La Raia
Oct 29, 2019

A Modern Class Act

“I always liked the dynamic contrast between focused and open tones.

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2019

Every Drummer’s a Snowflake

No, not that kind of snowflake—you’ll have to find me at the bar if you want to talk politics.

By Adam Budofsky
Oct 29, 2019

NickyMoon Cymbals

Meticulously hammered and lathed by hand in Margarite’s New Jersey shop, these “1” series cymbals represent the best of what the company offers.

By Michael Dawson
Oct 29, 2019

Blue Microphones

We received a pair of large-diaphragm condensers for overheads and bass drum and other low-frequency applications.

By Michael Dawson
Oct 29, 2019
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“Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”

In this lesson, we’re going to take a look at some ways to incorporate Ralph MacDonald’s tambourine part into that same groove.

by Dylan Wissing
Oct 29, 2019

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