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Ulcerate Begin North American Tour This Week - May 1st In Los Angeles
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 19:53
Insane drummer Jamie Saint Merat and Auckland, New Zealand's Ulcerate, are currently headed stateside, as their return to North America embarks this week with the Vermis North America MMXIV tour, beginning this Thursday, May 1st.
 
Sponsored by Metal Injection, Vermis North America MMXIV will be Ulcerate's first return to the continent since their mini-tour in 2012, culminated with their memorably punishing set at Maryland Deathfest that year. This time touring in support of their fourth LP, Vermis, Ulcerate will inundate the populous with their incredibly destructive, dynamic style of supremely cutting edge death metal imaginable for nineteen days and nights on the new trek, which will include the band's first shows on the West Coast. The excursion will come to a close with a return performance at the massive Maryland Death Fest on May 19th. Tour support for Ulcerate will be provided by Relapse lablemates, Inter Arma, on the majority of the dates.
 
Ulcerate Vermis North America MMXIV:
 
5/01/2014 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
5/02/2014 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
5/03/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
5/04/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
5/06/2014 Starlight Lounge - Sacramento, CA
5/09/2014 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/10/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Inter Arma
5/11/2014 Middle East Upstairs - Boston, MA w/ Inter Arma
5/12/2014 Les Katacombes - Montreal, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/13/2014 Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/14/5012 Comfort Zone - Toronto, ON w/ Inter Arma
5/15/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI w/ Inter Arma
5/16/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Inter Arma
5/17/2014 Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Inter Arma
5/18/2014 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Inter Arma
5/19/2014 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/20/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/21/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/25/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
 
Since their 2009 debut on Neurotic and two LPs via Willowtip previous to releasing Vermis, Ulcerate has strived to continually hone and contort their death metal attack, their sound ever-evolving into harsh new realms of turmoil, melding mechanical and organic elements into their haunting, blast-strewn explosiveness. A forward-thinking death metal style citing Hate Eternal, Gorguts and Immolation collides head-on into more dissonant and blackened infiltrations of Deathspell Omega or Portal forming a monolithic antiharmonic atrocity, Ulcerate's destructive methodology is in a class of its own, and the critically-lauded Vermis, showcases these traits at their most ominous and harrowing yet. With nearly fifty-five minutes of suffocating devastation and some of the most destructive and creative drumming in the extreme metal underworld, and arguably one of 2013's overall most extreme releases, Vermis is not to be missed.
 
Stream Vermis in its entirety via the Relapse Records Bandcamp page.
 

 
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.
 
For more information visit: www.fermatta.edu.mx
 
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!

 


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