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Steve Asheim - 'Dead By Dawn' Raw Drums - PLUS - 'Dust In The Wind' Cover!
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00
"Deicide" is the debut album by Florida-based death metal band Deicide and drummer Steve Asheim. It was released on June 25, 1990 by Roadrunner Records. The album contains all of their demo tracks, plus the songs "Deicide" and "Mephistopheles."
This is not the actual board sound from the 1989-90 tracking sessions. Steve Asheim was very interested in being part of our new Isolating The Throne series, so he tracked this for all of you last week in his living room. There may be some slight differences from the original recording, but we are very appreciative and honored Steve would take the time to do this for us, and for all of you. Enjoy...
"Dead by Dawn" was featured in the 2009 video game 'Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned' on the radio station Liberty City Hardcore.
Deicide is sometimes considered to be the best selling death metal album of all time. Nielsen SoundScan lists it second after Morbid Angel's Covenant up until 2003; however, Deicide was released before SoundScan went into effect, so the SoundScan figure lacks pre-Soundscan sales.
Vocalist Glen Benton has stated that no effects were used on his vocals while recording the album, though several songs do contain a pitch-shifted vocal effect.
The album was recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, where Deicide would record most of their subsequent works.

Track Listing:
1. Lunatic of God's Creation
2. Sacrificial Suicide
3. Oblivious to Evil
4. Dead by Dawn
5. Blaspherereion
6. Deicide
7. Carnage in the Temple of the Damned
8. Mephistopheles
9. Day of Darkness
10. Crucifixation
Some Questions For Steve:
SDM:  Thanks for tracking this just for our readers last wee! What gear were you using?
Steve: You got it guys! I've got an old Ddrum kit I use just for practice, so I used that. Pretty much the same specs as my live gig set up. Some old dirty Paistes, too dirty for live were used as well.
SDM:  How long did tracking take and how was it tracked? mics, triggers, both, to tape or all digital?
Steve: I tracked this in one take, took about 5 minutes. I figured, man if I can't get this after playing it 10,000 times over the years then something's wrong. But I nailed it the first time, so it went smooth. I mic'd all drums plus 2 overheads for cymbals but laid down live kik triggers as I played thru my Alesis DM5. And I recorded it on my Boss BR1600, no pro tools or laptops or sound replacing, strictly captured tones and playing in real time.
SDM:  Have you made any recent changes to your setup?
Steve:  Nothing has changed in my setup since this tracking or in a number of years actually.
SDM:  Your thoughts on sound replacement software? wish it never existed?
Steve: You know, sound replacement software, studio trickery and manipulation are parts of recording I don't really concern myself with. If that's the new technology of the day and that's what producers and engineers do, then so be it. But it's a little too much work for me personally to do for demoing, so I just run it old school. But from talking to producers, sound replacing has been going on for decades. Pro tools software and computers just shorten and make easier the process. Take 'Hotel California' by the Eagles for example. From what I understand, all drums and cymbals were totally sound replaced on that song, long before computers were in the studio. The producer just had to do it all manually. 
SDM:  What's your favorite old-school raw drum sound? Which band and album or albums?
Steve: I like Vinnie Appice's sound. He's a big guy, a hard hitter, and I can hear that in his sound and playing - especially on his Black Sabbath albums and the Holy Diver album. I also dig Dan Beehler's sound from the Violence And Force album. Just a nice fat, meaty sound. 
SDM:  One piece of advice to younger kids about to record an album?
Steve: Make sure all your parts are rehearsed but don't be afraid to improv on the fly too. You're in the studio so go for it, push yourself and you may capture something you never did before but is badass. Those are cool moments you can listen back to knowing it was totally spontaneous, and that makes it cooler somehow, for me anyway.
Check out the other tracks already published in our Isolating The Throne section and bookmark it, as there will be new tracks added often!

Steve Asheim of Deicide - Kansas 'Dust In The Wind' Cover.

Steve was also gracious enough to send us his own personal rendition of "Dust In The Wind", a song written by the rock group "Kansas" and released in January 1978 on Kirshner Records. This is Steve performing all music and adding his own brutal black metal vocals to this most evil rendition of the song. Please enjoy and share... Thanks Steve!

Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza To Host Exclusive Drum Clinics In Mexico City April 28th - 29th - In Support Of His First Ever DVD - Intense Mega Drumming
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 19:25
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza to host exclusive drum clinics in Mexico City April 28th - 29th - In support of his first ever DVD - Intense Mega Drumming, and Sick Drummer Magazine is proud to be a sponsor of the clinics. Both events are scheduled to take place at the Academia De Musica Fermatta campuses in Mexico City, Guadalajara. Monday April 28th from 10am - 2pm and Tuesday April 29th from 10am - 2pm.
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There are more dates currently being booked in Latin America and European  countries.
Nick Menza: "I'm totally pumped and looking forward to re-connecting with the Latin America fans they are the most passionate. If it wasn't for the fans none of this would even be possible, so I'm very grateful for all the support!"
The first of six webisodes documenting the making of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza's first-ever instructional DVD, "Intense Mega Drumming," can be seen below.
According to a press release, the "Intense Mega Drumming" DVD will be educational, entertaining and will feature Menza's years of playing drums in Megadeth with tons of tips and tricks from his arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player, plus rare and unseen bonus footage from the Menza Mega Vault.
Menza joined Megadeth for the 1989 recording "Rust In Peace" and for the next nine years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era.
Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, "Nick Menza: Megalife", by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig.
"Megadeth was a big part of my story," Menza said, "but it was just one part. Jeff Craig has got me to talk about it all!" Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which will feature rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he's ever been in, including, of course, Megadeth. "It's a memoir of music," writer Craig said. "But a lot more. It's a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick's fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path."
Menza's first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.
Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when Megadeth started a world tour in support of its album, "Cryptic Writings", but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.
Additionally, we recently featured Nick and the isolated drum track from Megadeth's 'Holy Wars,' in our new Isolating The Throne section on the website. Bookmark it and check back for much more very soon!

Exclusive Track Premier - Misery Index - The Killing Gods
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:43

Sick Drummer Magazine is truly honored to premier the title-track from the forthcoming Misery Index release, 'The Killing Gods.' We have long seen the talent behind this band and the simply relentless drumming of Adam Jarvis, so to see them continue on this path of success and leadership is nothing shocking to us here at SDM. Adam continues to pummel us with music not only from Misery Index, but from Pig Destroyer, Fulgora, Asthma Castle, Clenched Fist and who knows what will be next. A hard-hitting, incredibly fast drummer with style is very hard to find, but look no further... He has arrived.
Misery Index's new album 'The Killing Gods' distills almost fifteen years of relentless touring, recording, and writing into one of 2014's best extreme metal albums. 'The Killing Gods' twelve tracks (including the 5 part, fifteen-minute, album opener "Faust"), are a crucial exercise in veracity; eschewing superfluous parts or studio trickery for brutal economy and effect. Riff after riff drips with malevolence, while the band's dual vocal assault transmits the chaos of a dystopian society gone mad. As 'The Killing Gods' proves from start to finish, Misery Index have crossed the threshold into death metal greatness. Photo by Josh Sisk.
Pre order 'The Killing Gods' here
For any fan of metal history, go order the new book 'Extremity Retained,' by Jason Netherton of Misery Index! I have read through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. A 475 page collection of stories, memories, anecdotes and interviews that will allow you to better understand how the death metal underground worked in its early incarnations, how it has evolved, and where it might be going.
Stay tuned for an Isolated drum track from Adam Jarvis that will soon be added to our Isolating The Throne section on the site.


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