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Sebastian Thompson - Baroness ‘Purple’ Behind The Scenes - SDM Exclusive
Friday, 30 October 2015 18:28

Baroness' triumphant new album contains some of the biggest, brightest and most glorious riffs and choruses the adventurous rock group has ever recorded. But its title, Purple, also reflects a dark moment in the group's recent history: the terrifying bus crash they survived while on tour in 2012. "The band suffered a gigantic bruise," singer-guitarist John Baizley says of the accident. "It was an injury that prevented us from operating in a normal way for quite some time. Hopefully, this record is the springboard that helps us get away from all that." 

The album, which is due out December 18 and which producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney) helmed, covers the gamut of emotions Baroness have experienced in recent years and serves as their victory cry. Purple finds a revamped lineup of the band – Baizley and Pete Adams (guitar, vocals) and new additions Nick Jost (bass, keyboards) and Sebastian Thomson (drums) – playing 10 intricately textured tunes and singing about the worry they felt immediately after the crash ("If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)"), the struggle to recover as smoothly as possible ("Chlorine & Wine") and their ongoing quest for survival ("The Iron Bell"). From its bulldozing opener "Morningstar" to the avant-garde 17-second closer "Crossroads of Infinity," the record is at once both their most emotionally threadbare and musically complex offering to date, with passages that allude to their classic-rock roots as much as their crushing metal past.

"We didn't want to make a mellow, sad, dark thing," Adams says. "We needed to be up-tempo. We needed to be melodic, and it also needed to be aggressive. In all of that, I think we were able to get out everything we felt, all of the emotion involved, everything from being angry to wanting to continue to push forward."

From Sebastian:

“I used two kits, both Ludwig. One is a new Maple Classic with a 24" kick, 14" rack and 18" floor.

The other is a late 70s Ludwig that I bought used a long time ago, not sure the exact line. It's a 22" kick, 13" rack and 16" floor.

On "Desperation Burns" and "Kerosene" I used roto toms instead of toms. Four of them- 8", 10", 12" and 14".

On all the tracks I used a 6.5" by 14" Ludwig Super Sensitive, probably late 70’s too. 

On all the toms I used Evans EC2 clear heads, on the snare the Evans STD coated, and on the kicks I used Remo Powerstroke 3’s.

All the cymbals are Meinl- all Byzance Brilliant. 15" hats, 18" Medium Crashes and a 22" Medium Ride. 

On "Fugue" I used a cobbled together kit of all small sizes with t-shirts on everything and super old cymbals. All stuff that Dave Fridmann had in the studio.”



Baroness Tour Dates:

November 27  Columbus, OH  Ace of Cups

November 28  Chicago, IL  Beat Kitchen  SOLD OUT

November 29  Madison, WI  Frequency  SOLD OUT

December 1  St. Louis, MO  The Demo

December 2  Lawrence, KS  Jackpot Music Hall

December 4  Oklahoma City, OK  89th Street Collective

December 5  Dallas, TX  Double Wide  SOLD OUT

December 6  Austin, TX  Mohawk  SOLD OUT

December 8  Houston, TX  Rudyard’s  SOLD OUT

December 9  New Orleans, LA  Gasa Gasa

December 11  Gainesville, FL  8-BIT Bar  SOLD OUT

December 12  Savannah, GA  The Jinx  SOLD OUT

December 13   Atlanta, GA  The Earl

December 15  Chapel Hill, NC  Local 506  SOLD OUT

December 16  Richmond, VA  Strange Matter  SOLD OUT

December 18  Baltimore, MD  Metro Gallery  SOLD OUT

December 19  Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda’s  SOLD OUT

December 20  Brooklyn, NY  Saint Vitus Bar  SOLD OUT

Pre-order packages for Purple, which feature an instant download of “Chlorine & Wine” as well as a limited edition colored vinyl version of the new album, two picture discs, t-shirts and other unique items are available now via this link: Digital pre-orders, which also include an instant download of “Chlorine & Wine,” are available via iTunes (, Amazon ( and Google Play (

JP Andrade - Windfaerer - Celestial Supremacy - Exclusive Drum Play-Through
Thursday, 13 August 2015 19:31

JP Andrade - Windfaerer - Celestial Supremacy - Exclusive Drum Play-Through:

Mixed and Mastered by Bobby Torres at Frightbox Studios.

New Jersey’s own Windfaerer forges a soundscape that entwines folkloric elegance with black metal ferocity. A portmanteau meaning, “one who travels with the wind,” like a vessel lost at sea, the name Windfaerer sets a melancholic atmosphere of longing for a return to a homeland, yet with hopeful eyes set toward the unknown.


JP's Gear:

Drumcraft Series 8 Birch Drum Kit
Gretsch 7" x 13" Mahogany Snare Drum
Evans Drumheads
Mapex Raptor Direct Drive Pedals
TRX Cymbals,
Dream Cymbals
Zildjian Cymbals

Upcoming Show Dates:

10/07/2015 - Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY

Tenebrosum will be released independently on September 22nd, 2015. 

It can be pre-ordered here:

DrumForge Releases Eyal Levi Expansion
Thursday, 06 August 2015 19:59

Drumforge collaborates with producer/songwriter Eyal Levi (The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin, The Contortionist, Daath) to create a metal-focused drum sample library for musicians and producers. The drum sounds, as mixed and processed by Levi, were built using a combination of Drumforge 1 samples and Levi's custom sample collection.

Producers and musicians alike will find the library useful for writing and mixing all styles of heavy music. Drumforge offers this expansion at a limited time introductory price of $89 and is available for Kontakt 4 and 5 as well as Trigger formats. For more information visit: A video trailer can be seen on YouTube at:

Commented Eyal Levi: "These drums are slamming and aggressive, yet punchy and clear. And there's a wide enough variety of features to where they will be applicable in any heavy music scenario. I'm super proud of what I've been able to pull off with the awesome Drumforge team!"

Drumforge is your source for all original drum samples made to inspire and create powerful music. Stay tuned for more information.

Drumforge online...


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