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.
This footage of Chason Westmoreland, the newly appointed rummer for Hate Eternal. You may also know Chason from his time in Rose Funeral, Oceano, and even from filling in with Fallujah, or Enfold Darkness. Chason is an insane drummer with a vast range of playing ability, and we can't wait to hear more from him in the coming year. He recently finished recording the next Hate Eternal release with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios, and we are told it's some of (if not the best) best drumming ever to be tracked for the band. When we asked Erik Rutan about the sessions, he simply said... "Wow." We will be releasing some in-studio footage from that session as soon as permitted, and if nothing else, will be premiering one of the new tracks when available.
This video features Chason playing a kit comprised of different Cajons from Schlagwerk Percussion out of Germany. http://www.schlagwerk.com and featuring CRX Cymbals. This kit was extremely fun to play... Keep checking back, as we also have footage of Gus Rios, and Raanen Bozzio getting some time on this kit! As well as tons of other video and NAMM coverage on the way.
Jason Bittner will be taking over drumming duties for Arizona-based thrash metal heavyweights, Flotsam and Jetsam, for their upcoming recording session and 2015 touring. Jason, most known for his work with Shadows Fall, will be replacing his friend and founding Flotsam and Jetsam drummer, Kelly David Smith, who is stepping down for family obligations.
Jason Bittner comments: "I have been a Flotsam and Jetsam fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties. I've been lucky enough to be in the background of the Flotsam and Jetsam camp as a fan, supporter, and gear loader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.” Jason continues, "I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can't wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. Shadows Fall hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.”
“As they say… 'Flotz 'till death!' See you in Europe, in April."
Along with preparing to enter the studio to record their 12th studio album, which is currently on pace for an April release, Flotsam and Jetsam are currently finalizing plans to tour Europe in the spring of 2015, with summer festival dates planned throughout Europe and beyond. For the latest Flotsam and Jetsam news and announcements, please visit www.Flotsam-and-Jetsam.com.
For more information on Jason Bittner, and for full specs on the monstrous Reference Series setup he’ll be using with this exciting new gig, click here.
Earlier this year, American black/death metal maniacs Acheron released their long-awaited album Kult Des Hasses on Listentable Records. Due to some issues within the band, Acheron didn’t play any shows during most of the year and later parted ways with longtime drummer Kyle Severn. After this time, former guitarist Shaun Cothron rejoined the lineup and Brandon Howe was hired to play drums for their November/December shows entitled “Unleash Hell 2014.”
Howe is working out so well that Acheron has officially hired him as their official drummer. Band founder Vincent Crowley states: “Brandon has been very dedicated and has shown a tremendous amount of energy and creativity. He is a very solid drummer, and playing live with him has been a pleasure. After rehearsing our setlist, we started to work on a couple new songs. He was very easy to work with and brings a lot to the table. After our show in Baltimore, we knew he was going to be our new drummer.”
Acheron will be finishing up their 2014 shows this weekend on December 12th (Indianapolis, Indiana) and December 13th (Chicago, Illinois). When they finish the run, Acheron will start working on material for their next album.
The goal for next year is to work on new music and do as many shows as possible. Acheron has never been an extensive touring, band and they hope to change that in 2015! Acheron has recently been added to the roster for The Flaming Arts Agency for any European or Asian booking.