Here are our Top 4 winners from the first ever Blast Off Drum Competition! Help show your support and visit thier respective band pages! Thanks guys and congrats...
1st Place Division 1 - Braxton Mundell
Current Projects: UNDEVOUT, The Way It Was
Equipment: 9pc Double Bass Pearl ELX in Green Fade, Zildjian, Sabian, and Wuhan cymbals. AXIS A Longboards, Vic Firth Extreme 5A sticks, Remo heads.
, myspace.com/theundevout , myspace.com/thewayitwasmetal
Braxton Mundell was born November 29th 1984 in Tulsa, OK. He grew up loving music and had an ear for it and particularly for the rhythms and drums. He especially liked heavy music because of all the various extreme drumming it allowed.
At age 12 he finally got his first set. Braxton is a self-trained drummer and was always trying to improve his playing and take it to the next level by practicing everyday and playing along to some of his cd’s like Death, Deicide, Suffocation, and Cradle of Filth (Nick Barker).
By age 15 he was playing in bands and played his first show. At 17 Braxton started a band Deluge who he toured and played with until he formed The Way It Was in 2003 which is a current project. In August of 2007 Braxton joined UNDEVOUT and is currently playing with them as well. Both bands are actively playing shows and are working on upcoming albums.
* Braxtons' main prize was a brand new set of Axis Lonboard A pedals, coutesy of Axis Percussion ! Thanks karen...
2nd Place Division 1 - Evan Jones
Current Project: CATTLEIST
Equipment: 7pc Pearl Master Custom Maple 7ply, K & Z series Zildjians, AAX Sabians, Pro Mark, DW, Evans and Remo
Evan Jones was born into a musical family in Denver, CO. His Dad being an amazing song writer and bass player for a bluegrass band called, Quickdraw. While, Evan's older brother Jesse motivated him to be the drummer he is today.
Evan started playing the drums when he was 12 years old. Finally, bought his brothers old drum set at the age of 13. Evan started his first band at the age of 15. He developed some great foot skills by trying to shadow his feet and hands when practicing. Evan was fascintated with fast foot work and started listening to bands like: D.R.I., Death, Macabre, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, etc....
He currently has a brutal death metal project called, Cattleist. Cattleist formed in September of 2007 and will have demo done by June of 2008. Evan defiantly has a tremendous passion for his instrument and demonstrates that each time he plays. Definitely keep checking back with Cattleist to experienc e the death and brutality for yourselves!
There are more pictures from Evan, due to the fact that he won a division and a few raffles...
Evans' main prize was a one of a kind custom Sick Drummer Snare Drum, made exclusively for this competition by Devils Drum Workshop in Arizona... Thanks John, Killer job!
1st Place Division 2 - Harde Eddison
Harde Eddison has been playing drum for over 17 years now. By having the drive and ambition to keep getting better, Harde has shown this determination through his playing. While enjoying all types of playing, he can relate most to a harder metal style, while strongly incorporating a jazz feel into his fills and overall beats themselves.
From day one Harde has felt he was made for playing the drums and with that intuition will continue to grow as a player for many years to come.
Hardes' main prize was a beautiful Asylum Snare Drum by Trick ! I took this thing out of the box and believe me when I tell you, it was one of the most amazing sounds I have ever heard in my life... Thanks J.T
2nd Place Division 2 - Anthony Lopez
Current projects: Torrid Flesh, Skapegoat
Equipment: 10 piece ddrum kit (endorsed), 16pc Zildjian Cymbals, Z customs, A Customs, A series, 34” Zildjian Gong, 8 pc. Tama Octoban set, Ahead Sticks 7A, Generic Wood Sticks Nylon Tips 5A, Tama Pedals, Pork Pie Throne, Remo Heads, Girbalter rack and hardware
Band links: Torrid Flesh www.torridflesh.us http://www.myspace.com/torridflesh Skapegoat http://www.skapegoat.org/ http://www.myspace.com/skapegoatmilitia
Anthony started playing drums when he was 7 years old. He started playing the club scene in Northern New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and Utah when he was 13 years old playing in variety bands doing a gamut of styles such as rock, pop, top 40, Spanish, Tejano, Country, and Oldies. He did this for 14 years before moving to Denver in 1998. At the same time he always played Metal, and was in Metal bands in N.M. such as Extreme Agony, MeatWaggon, and Dismember.
Denver Metal bands that he was a member of or is a current member are Cymetre, Eternal Internment, Torrid Flesh, and Skapegoat. Torrid Flesh recently released their new album Ravaged Lands who they recorded with Dave Otero. He is currently also a partner of Fractile Management & Promotions who also manage Torrid Flesh and Skapegoat, Fractile promotes the local Denver Metro area and are working to get Denver known as a new world scene with all the Metal talent that Denver has.
Anthony has had many influences in the past but has not applied any influences towards his drumming in over 15 years; he is a Metal fan by heart and basically plays whatever he feels is right to complement the music of the bands that he plays in.
Anthonys' main prize was a one of a kind custom ride cymbal, supplied by The PoBoy Drum Company of Denver. It was absolutely sick looking and sounding.. Thanks Tony!