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Daniel Tracy On Tour With Deafheaven

by Willie Rose photo by Liam Christopher Metal and shoegaze genre slashers Deafheaven are currently ripping across the country on a tour that lasts through late March. The band, powered by blast-beat maniac Daniel Tracy, first saw breakout success with…

Modern Drummer
Mar 2, 2017

On the Beat with Daniel Moilanen of Katatonia: Talks Metal Genres and the Essence of Drumming

Greetings drummers! (Modern or not.) Greetings readers! (Drummers or not.) My name is Daniel Moilanen and I’m a metal drummer. Throughout the entirety of my drumming career I’ve played different styles of metal within different genres of metal and the…

Modern Drummer
Nov 3, 2016

R.I.P. Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, Ex-Drummer With Iconic Punk/Metal Band Motörhead

Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor wasn’t technically Motörhead’s original drummer. That distinction goes to Lucas Fox, who left the band during its first recording sessions. But Taylor was the man who played on its iconic early albums, and who, in doing…

Modern Drummer
Nov 13, 2015

What You Need to Know About...Counterhoops

  This article originally ran in the July/Aug 2010 issue of Drum Business.   by Fran Azzarto   Counterhoops are among the more mysterious elements of a drumkit. Some drummers aren’t even aware that there are different types, and among…

Modern Drummer
Mar 11, 2015

What You Need to Know About...Drum Shells

This article originally ran in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of Drum Business.   by Fran Azzarto   So far in this column, we’ve discussed drumsticks and counterhoops. Now it’s time to dig in and take a look at what we…

Modern Drummer
Feb 9, 2015

Lance Garvin from Living Sacrifice

Hello metal heads, I’m Lance Garvin from Living Sacrifice. I will start out by saying how grateful I am to my parents for showing interest in me and everything I believed in, and to my wife for her patience and…

Modern Drummer
Jan 6, 2014

Popular Play-Alongs, Part 3: Synth Metal

January 2013 Jobbing Drummer Popular Play-Alongs Part 3: Synth Metal by Donny Gruendler In the last two play-along articles, we worked on the proper performance technique, groove vocabulary, and sounds of contemporary pop/R&B and punk-pop—two styles of music that you’ll…

Modern Drummer
Nov 27, 2012

Meinl Classics Custom Extreme Metal Cymbals

Meinl Classics Custom Extreme Metal Series Cymbals by Michael Dawson The original Classics Custom series comprises mid-priced B10-alloy splashes, crashes, Chinas, and rides in Medium and Powerful weights, all of which proved to be a good choice for rock and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 18, 2012

Charlie Benante

Charlie Benante The 2011 Big Four tour featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax solidified Anthrax as both legends and prevailing lords of the mosh, and culminated in a profound hometown show on September 14 at Yankee Stadium. “I think everything…

Modern Drummer
Jan 4, 2012

13 Tons Of Heavy

A Baker’s Dozen Of The Best Hard Rock Albums Released Over The Past Year GOD DETHRONED UNDER THE SIGN OF THE IRON CROSS According to God Dethroned’s official website, the band called it quits following the release of this album,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 3, 2012

Scott Batiste of Saviours

Hi, MD readers! My name is Scott Batiste. I play drums for Saviours, a heavy metal band from Oakland, California. I’ve been reading Modern Drummer since 1988. After all these years following the magazine, it’s a true honor to be…

Modern Drummer
Sep 12, 2011

Shawn “Clown??? Crahan

Shawn “Clown” Crahan is best known as one of the percussionists in the metal megalith that is Slipknot. But Crahan carries a rich drumming background into his new project, the Black Dots of Death. by Billy Brennan The orchestrated chaos…

Modern Drummer
Aug 3, 2011

VIDEO! Aquiles Priester 2011 Modern Drummer Festival Performance Montage In this montage drummer Aquiles Priester performs at the 2011 Modern Drummer Festival. Modern Drummer's 2011 Festival was held at Montclair State University in New Jersey on May 21, 2011. Video/Editing by EJ DeCoske and Greg Baldwin for Modern Drummer.…

Modern Drummer
May 24, 2011

Gene Hoglan: Making Dethklok’s Metalocalypse

  by David Ciauro Rock stardom can sometimes happen in strange ways. In death metal drumming trailblazer Gene Hoglan’s case, it took having a cartoon alter ego named Pickles to finally put him—and the genre itself—at the top of the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 29, 2010