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Hannes Grossmann - The Crypts Of Sleep - To Sow The Seeds Of Earth - Exclusive Drum Play-through
Monday, 26 September 2016 18:34

German musical virtuoso Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) is proud to present his much anticipated sophomore album, The Crypts of Sleep. Entirely written, arranged, self-recorded and self-produced by Grossmann between September 2015 and June 2016 at his own Mordor Sounds studio in Veitsbronn, Germany, The Crypts of Sleep is a progressivemetal masterpiece of the highest order. Grossmann plays drums on the entire album and has enlisted the the help of numerous all-stars in the extreme music scene to fill the other roles including Danny Tunker (Alkaloid, Abhorrent, ex-Aborted) - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid, Noneuclid) - Bass, Morean (Alkaloid, Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) - Vocals, Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) - Lead Guitars, Fountainhead (ex-Obscura, Despotic) - Lead Guitars, Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) - Lead Guitars, and Erik Rutan (ex-Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) - Lead Guitars.

From Hannes:

"Being the opener of the album the song is very straightforward and features lots of blast beats, something not new to me. However a new challenge were the super fast double bass runs interspersed in the bridge. It's a doubled 9-tuplet run which at this tempo is a monster to play. But the actual challenge is to make such a pattern fit musically for the composition. And to make it groove."

Kit Specs: 

Tama Starclassic Bubinga 

10,” 12,” 13,” 14" toms

22” x 18" kick drums

14" Tama Stewart Copeland signature snare

Cymbals: Meinl

16" Byzance Brilliant China 

18" Byzance Brilliant crash

10" MB10 splash 

18" classics custom crash

22" MB10 Ride

17 MB10 China

22 Byzance vintage crash

14" mb10 hihat 

14" Byzance Extra Dry hihat 

Heads: Evans EC2 on Toms

EQ3 on kicks and power center reverse dot on Snare

Sticks: Vic Firth 2b

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Doug Anderson - Unfathomable Ruination - Exclusive ‘Finitude’ Behind The Scenes Montage
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:21

An exclusive behind the scenes look into the writing and rehearsal process behind Unfathomable Ruination's new album 'Finitude,’ with drummer Doug Anderson. Check out some exclusive video clips of him recording and writing. These demos were the final stepping-stone in the writing process before the band finalized their Sophomore release.

Doug recorded the drums at his home, using an H4N Zoom recorder, an SM57 and his Alesis DM5 module. The kit is a Pearl Export ELX, and the cymbals are Sabian HHX, HH and AAX (plus a couple of cheap Staggs). The snare is an old model Mapex Black Panther in steel, and Doug plays Pearl Eliminator pedals.

Darren Cesca - Eschaton - Behold The Nexus - Exclusive Play-Through
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:25

This Darren Cesca - Eschaton - Behold The Nexus - Exclusive Play-Through video is a multiple-angle video of the track “Behold the Nexus” from Eschaton's Sentinel Apocalypse, the band's 2015 debut on Unique Leader Records.  "Behold the Nexus is an aggressive and dynamic track that takes you on a journey throughout. We wanted to reveal the many layers of this composition in order to give a better sense both of how it sounds and how it looks when played."


Equipment used in this video

Drum Gear:

Spaun Drums (Used my former drumkit in the video)

TRX Cymbals

dB Drum Shoes



Guitar gear:

Guitars: Jackson SLATTXMG3-6 Soloist and Ibanez ARZ307

Amp: Peavey JSX

Cab: Marshall

Picks: Jim Dunlop Jazz III XL Series

Pedals: Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer and MXR Smartgate


Eschaton has begun work on a new release set for 2017. It's currently in the pre-production phase but we hope to have more news on it soon! For now check out the video and thank you everyone for the support!
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