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Albert Born - Yesterday's Saints - The Recruitment - Exclusive Drum Play-Through
Thursday, 05 March 2015 17:40

Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia's Yesterday's Saints elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal on 'Generation of Vipers.' The music is as smart and thought provoking as it is extreme, and that's not an easy thing to do.

The album is assembled like an opera, three acts, with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God's throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all mankind are now his descendants.

This video is Yesterday's Saints drummer Albert Born performing a drum play-through of "The Recruitment" off the album 'Generation of Vipers,' available now at


Albert's Gear:

Pearl Vision Birch in Black Sparkle
10" & 12" upper toms
14" & 16" floor toms
22" Kicks
14" Ludwig Superphonic Aluminum Snare
Pearl Roadster Throne
Axis Long Board pedals with DW beaters and one riser on each.

Paiste 2002 Cymbals:
18" & 20" Power Crashes
14" High-hats
20" Power Ride
16" & 18" Chinas

Paiste Rude:
10" Splash
Custom 12" Splash

Kick heads:
Remo Power stroke 3 with Evans AF patches

Triggers for Live (not used for LP recording/or in video):
Alesis DM "Reggae Kick" setting

Tom heads:
Remo Emperor Clears on top
Aquarian Plastic Clear Black on bottom.

Snare head:
Control Sound with Power Dot and a dab of Gorilla Snot
Diplomat Hazy on bottom

Vader 2B Hickory wood tip

Iron Man / Yesterday’s Saints 2015 US Tour Dates:

3/12 Washington, DC - The Pinch, 3548 14th St., NW, Washington, DC
3/13 Allentown, PA - Jabber Jaws, 1327 W. Chew St., Allentown, PA
3/14 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., Philadelphia, PA
3/15 Brooklyn, NY - The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St., Brooklyn, NY
3/16 Providence, RI - Dusk, 301 Harris Ave., Providence, RI
3/17 Salem, MA - Koto, 90 Washington St., Salem. MA
3/18 Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe’s, 3051 Main St., Buffalo, NY
3/19 Ft. Wayne, IN - Skeletunes (former Berlin Music Pub) 1201 West Main St., Ft. Wayne, IN
3/20 Detroit, MI - The Sanctuary (Yonka House) 1501 E. Outer Dr., Detroit, MI
3/21 Columbus, OH - Ruby Tuesday Bar, 1978 Summit St., Columbus, OH
3/22 Dayton, OH - Courtyard Lounge, 320 W. National Blvd., Englewood, OH

Sepultura Announces 30th Anniversary North American Tour Dates
Monday, 02 March 2015 20:31

Celebrating their 30th year of existence, Brazil’s most esteemed metal band Sepultura will be headlining a Metal Injection-sponsored tour that includes German thrashers Destruction as direct support and American melodic tech-deathsters Arsis as openers. We can already sense the frenzy in mosh pits across the U.S. and Canada, too. Sick Drummer Magazine has been a media sponsor for Sepultura in the past, and we are honored to be part of this Anniversary Tour!

“It’s going to be an amazing experience to celebrate a 30-year career with the strongest album we’ve ever made in our history,” states Sepultura guitarist & songwriter Andreas Kisser about the upcoming 33-show trek and their latest album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. “We are coming back to America and Canada with full force and with a hunger to destroy everything! Can't wait to perform the songs from the new album on stage! See you all on the road!”

The mayhem begins in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10th and ends on June 14th in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sepultura will be performing one solo show on May 9th.

Confirmed “Sepultura – 30 Years” tour dates are:

5/10 Phoenix, AZ at Joe's Grotto
5/11 West Hollywood, CA at Whisky A Go Go
5/12 Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades
5/13Portland, OR at Bossonova Ballroom
5/14 Seattle, WA at Studio Seven
5/15 Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theater
5/16 Edmonton, AB at Starlite Room
5/17 Billings, MT at Pub Station
5/19 Winnipeg, MB at Zoo Cabaret
5/20 Minniapolis, MN at The Amsterdam
5/21 Madison, WI at High Noon Saloon
5/22 Chicago, IL at Reggies
5/23 Louisville, KY at Expo Five
5/24 Valparaiso, IN at Big Shots
5/26 Grand Rapids, MI at The Pyramid Scheme
5/27 Kent, OH at The Outpost
5/28 Toronto, ON at Opera House
5/29 Montreal, QC at Club Soda
5/30 New York, NY at Webster Hall
5/31 Manchester, NH at Jewel Nightclub
6/1 Baltimore, MD at Ottobar
6/2 Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
6/3 Jacksonville, NC at Hooligans Music Hall
6/4 Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
6/5 Fort Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
6/6 New Orleans, LA at Publiq House
6/7 Houston, TX at BFE Rock Club
6/8 Fort Worth, TX at The Rail Club
6/10 Austin, TX at Empire Garage
6/11 McAllen, TX at Cine El Rey
6/12 Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
6/13 Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
6/14 Grand Junction, CO at Mesa Theater

*Sepultura only

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Machine Head, Fear Factory), who worked with Sepultura on their landmark 1996 release Roots, and was co-produced by Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Incantation), who previously worked on Sepultura’s Roorback (2003), the Revolusongs EP (2002), and Nation (2001).

Purchase TMBHAHMBTH from the Nuclear Blast Webshop.
Visit Sepultura online at


NAMM 2015 - Sabian Unveils The Big And Ugly Ride Cymbal Collection - Plus B8X Series
Thursday, 29 January 2015 20:04


Sabian unveiled the Big and Ugly Ride cymbals at Winter NAMM 2015. These powerful cymbals produce a big, dark, dry, organic and almost imperfect sound, as each one is totally unique due to the "one at a time" manufacturing process. The Big & Ugly collection includes the following cymbal models: the King Ride, Nova Ride, Pandora Ride, Phoenix Ride, Apollo Ride, and Monarch Ride cymbals. These new releases from Sabian will surely add a new "dark side" to any drum kit.

“We know drummers are actively looking for new sounds, and more often than not, these new sounds are old sounds with modern characteristics. As a company that thrives on blending old world cymbal-making with cutting-edge innovation, SABIAN is perfectly positioned to deliver,” comments Sabian CEO Andy Zildjian. “And while the name of the collection may be a little “out-there”, it’s meant to make a statement that these are the cymbals modern drummers are seeking: cymbals that are big – and ugly. Of course, ugly is relative – to us, they’re beautiful!”


The Collection:

AA APOLLO 22” & 24”
Versatility, versatility, versatility. Hit it hard for a modern sound, or play it with dynamics for controlled stick and sublime shimmer. Apollo was the God of Music and Poetry − this incredible ride cymbal delivers both.

HH PANDORA 22” & 24”
Medium-dark in tone, medium-light in weight, this is the cymbal for players who like “Blue” notes. Sitting comfortably between the HH King and HH Nova in pitch and tone, it’s the musical equivalent of opening Pandora’s Box!

HH KING 22” & 24”
Goldilocks would love the King Ride − it’s that “just right” amount of dry, dark and wash. Powerful and sophisticated, it may be the most complex cymbal of the collection because depending how you strike it, it can be so many things.

HH NOVA 22” & 24”
Like the one-of-a-kind Ride you find in a dusty rack at the back of a pawn shop, the Nova delivers extremes − as in, extremely low and extremely dry. So if you like being out on the edge musically, this may be the Ride for you.

Modern players who thrive on exploring a new sonic range will love the dark, mature tones that rise Phoenix-like from this special Ride. If that sounds too much like jazz to you, rest assured it’s not. With the most cut in the collection, it’s also the most consistent and controlled.

Xs20 MONARCH 22”
Medium-Thin, with straight-ahead, focused sound, the Monarch delivers vintage look and feel, and fantastic crashability, at an unbelievable value. Like that amazing cymbal you found in a garage sale, you’ll consider this a huge score.

Learn more here:

Also new at NAMM this year was the B8X Series of cymbals. The B8 Series has been around since the mid-eighties and has been one of the best selling lines for Sabian. They have been reveamped a few times, but this year they really raised the bar. They have added extra hammering, hammered the bell (which has bnever been done on this style cymbal), added pinpoint lathing on the bell and traditional lathing on the rest for a nice contrast. With added adjusted profiles and bell sizes, they have really enhanced the sound and quality of this line of cymbals. Perhaps the best pasrt is that all the enhancements did not change the already affordable pricing of the B8 series.

As another successful NAMM Show comes to a close, buyers and exhibitors from around the world leave Anaheim armed with inspiration, fortified relationships, and new strategies to help them resonate with their customers in the coming year. Winter NAMM 2015 took place in Anaheim, California, January 22nd - 25th and again, was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.


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