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October 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 10

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Articles in October 2018

Lamb of God’s Chris Adler

Legion: XX (pronounced “legion twenty”) commemorates the twentieth anniversary of Lamb of God’s first album release. As most metal fans are aware, that original album was actually the self-titled debut of Burn the Priest; drummer Chris Adler, bassist John Campbell,…

Story by Ben Meyer | Photos by Alex Solca
Aug 29, 2018

Pre-Gig Calibration

Photo by John Leiby Being an employable drummer in 2018 carries more demands than it did in 1918, especially when it comes to melding live performances with the variety of A/V technology being used by most pop, rock, and R&B…

by Michael Dawson
Aug 29, 2018

Tooling with Perspectives

Shifting Feel in Real-World Settings

by Aaron Edgar
Aug 29, 2018

Jonathan Barber, Kobie Watkins Grouptet, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band, Jack DeJohnette, and more!

RECORDING Taking the Reins Photo by Gulnara Khamatova Jonathan Barber VisionAhead The debut recording from the top Up & Coming drummer in this year’s Readers Poll isn’t your typical young-gun-goes-for-the-jugular release. Jonathan Barber’s feel is light and propulsive. You can…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2018
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Slayer’s Final World Tour

FivePoint Amphitheater, Irvine, California, May 11, 2018

Photos by Alex Solca
Aug 29, 2018
By Billy Amendola
Aug 29, 2018

Essential Sight-Reading

Playing Charts at First Glance

by Joel Rothman
Aug 29, 2018

Paiste - Masters Dry and Extra Dry Rides

Ultimate articulation and control without sacrificing tone and expressivity.

by Michael Dawson
Aug 29, 2018

Kicked-Up Bell Patterns

A Unique Approach to Double Bass Phrases

Article by Chris Dovas | Photo by Carl Frederick
Aug 29, 2018

Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres

When singer Jon Bon Jovi quit his cover band to front the New Jersey originals group the Rest, most who witnessed his passion and drive knew it wouldn’t take long for the charismatic frontman to put his own band together…

Interview by Billy Amendola | Photo by David Bergman
Aug 29, 2018

Joe Magistro on the Magpie Salute’s High Water I

Long-running relationships, veteran perspectives, and killer tones power the first studio release from a collective of seasoned pros.

Story by Willie Rose | Photo by Laurent Chanez
Aug 29, 2018
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Conrad Choucroun with White Denim

The longtime Austin drumming workhorse reflects back on touring and recording with the stylistically diverse rock band.

Story by Willie Rose | Photo by Steve Terebecki
Aug 29, 2018

Canopus - Hybrid Series Hardware

This new line provides strength and stability with significantly less heft.

by Kyle Andrews
Aug 29, 2018

Train’s Drew Shoals

Train’s Drew Shoals played two different kits this past summer to highlight Ludwig’s 45th Anniversary Vistalite series. Both the Green Sparkle set he used at the start of the tour and the Tri-Band Black one shown here were ideal for…

Interview by Brandy Laurel McKenzie | Photos by Brady Hartman
Aug 29, 2018

Perfect Beings’ Sean Reinert

Sean Reinert made his name drumming up a storm with experimental death metal bands Death and Cynic—playing with fire, precision, and a serious level of technical facility. Last year Sean joined forces with progressive rock/pop group Perfect Beings, after they…

Interview by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photo by Thomas Snyder/Fantomphoto
Aug 29, 2018

Kendrick Lamar’s Tony “Rico” Nichols

Perpetually relaxed, and seemingly never breaking a sweat, Rico Nichols plays a once-in-a-lifetime mega gig with a broad pocket, enviable self-composure, and a nimble touch that can alternately be described as creamy, mellow, and deep. Born and raised in Chicago,…

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Alex Solca
Aug 29, 2018

Sugar Percussion - Stave Mahogany Bop Kit

A gorgeous handcrafted instrument with supreme sonics to match its flawless appearance.

by Michael Dawson
Aug 29, 2018

New Drum Gear from Roland, Promark, Matoon Drums, Pearl, Zildjian, Melodics, and Gretsch!

Roland TD-17 V-Drums These electronic kits feature newly developed pads, coaching functions, and built-in Bluetooth connectivity. The head tension of the PDX-12 snare pad can be adjusted for natural rebound, while the height of the snare hoop is ideal for…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2018
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Al Foster on “Ev’rything I Love”

Analyzing the Jazz Great’s Eights

by Jordan Young
Aug 29, 2018

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