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Flo Mounier and Jason Bittner Canadian Clinic Tour Starts Today - Streaming FREE On Wednesday!
Monday, 09 June 2014 16:55
As you may have heard, Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy/Nader Sadek and Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall/Toxic, are doing a Sick Drummer Magazine Sponsored Canadian clinic tour that starts today in Cambridge, Ontario! 
See below for all locations and times. Additionally, the clinic on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 will be streamed FREE on the web for all of us that can't attend. Please bookmark the page and share it with your drumming friends, as it's bound to be pretty spectacular.
Attend one of these clinics and enter for your chance to win a brand new Pearl Export kit! You will be given a code to enter the drawing at any of the events listed below... Good Luck!

Mounier / Bittner Clinic Tour Dates:
Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Newfoundland Club - 1500 Dunbar Rd, Cambridge
This is a Free Event
Call 519-622-1970 for more details
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 7pm
Calvalry Church - 89 Scott St, St. Catharines
This is a Free Event
Call 905-684-2961 for more details
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 @ 7pm
Long & McQuade - 935 Bloor St.W. Toronto
This is a Free Event
Call 416-588-7886 for more details
Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 7pm
North Oshawa Community Center - 1139 Mary St.N. Oshawa
This is a Free Event
Call 905-434-1612 for more details
Friday, June 13, 2014 @ 7pm
Obsession Live Lounge - 1575 St. Laurent, Ottawa
This is a Free Event
Call 613-521-5909 for more details

Sony Creative Software Sponsors Sick Drummer Magazine For Video Production
Thursday, 05 June 2014 18:03
We are excited and proud to announce that Sony Creative Software has sponsored Sick Drummer Magazine! We have been using their products for a while now, but have just been sponsored and supplied with all the latest releases. This includes: Vegas Pro 13, DVD Architect Pro, New Blue Video Essentials, HitFilm Ultimate, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, Sound Forge Pro, iZotope Nectar Elements, iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite, and BlastWave FX Sound Effects.
We look forward to a long lasting relationship with Sony Creative Software and would like to welcome them as the Official Sponsor of Sick Drummer Magazine's video production team.
Learn more about Sony Creative products here:

Adam Jarvis - NEW Misery Index - Cross To Bear - Isolating The Throne
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 23:47
Drummer Adam Jarvis and Misery Index recently released their fifth full-length ‘The Killing Gods’ on May 27th in North America. 'The Killing Gods' was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Brutal Truth) and Wright Way Recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (Dying Fetus, Mars Volta, Soilwork).
This isolated drum track for 'Cross To Bear,' is the seventh track on the album, and just as the rest of the songs, it's crushing. The work of Adam Jarvis (Misery Index, Pig Destroyer, Fulgora, Asthma Castle, Clenched Fist) continues to impress. His massive power, speed, and creativity are relentless. He really is at the top of "the list" right now, which is quite honestly where he belongs.
Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in death metal, Misery Index (Jason Netherton – bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis – drums, Darin Morris – guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries, over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing a disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, Misery Index will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling death grind with the release of 'The Killing Gods'.
"The Killing Gods" Track Listing:
01. Urfaust
02. The Calling
03. The Oath
04. Conjuring The Cull
05. The Harrowing
06. The Killing Gods
07. Cross To Bear
08. Gallows Humor
09. The Weakener
10. Sentinels
11. Colony Collapse (feat. John Gallagher)
12. Heretics
13. Thieves Of The New World Order (MINISTRY cover)
Some Questions For Adam:
SDM:  Do you remember the exact gear you were using during this tracking?
The kit I used on "The Killing Gods" was a Ddrum Paladin Series walnut kit 10,12,16 toms 2x22 kicks with a Ddrum Artisan hand hammered iron snare. Meinl cymbals Axis pedals, regal tip drumsticks.
SDM:  How long did tracking take and how was it tracked? mics, triggers, both, to tape or all digital?
It took a total of 5 days to track at Scott Hulls' Visceral Sound Studios in Maryland. We used triggers on the kicks just for placement purposes and mics on everything else. The Drums were recorded with protools HD, but the final master was put to tape. 

SDM:  Has anything changed in your setup since this tracking?
Yes! I'm now using the Roland TM-2 trigger module. The thing is every touring drummers dream. It's small and compact, and can run off of (4) AA batteries. Plus you can load your own samples into it via SD card! I'm now using the Axis Longboards with the e-kit triggers.
SDM:  Your thoughts on sound replacement software? Wish it never existed?
Yes and no. It bothers me that it is a goto thing for the producer to do now, but it does make the drummer and record sound tight. As long as the dude can pull it off live, then it's all good. The sounds on most death metal albums now are all replaced and super-processed. The approach we took on this album was to keep everything sounding natural and real. The kicks were layered with the actual acoustic kick drum sound, not a sample. This record sounds like me playing it. That'll be more pleasing 20 years from now knowing I played those drums and didn't fake my way through it.
SDM:  What's your favorite old-school raw drum sound? Which band and album or albums?
I'd have to say "Beneath The Remains" from Sepultura and Terrorizer's "World Downfall." 
SDM:  One piece of advice to younger kids about to record an album?
Be prepared! Have tempo maps for your songs if you're going to play to a click. Also, focus on your fills and transitions. That's what makes an album! Don't eat McDonalds before you record, eat lots of pasta and chicken breasts while tracking.
Photo By: Nick Martin


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