Sick Drummer Magazine is extremely happy to announce our newest contributing interview staff member, Jeanne E. Thomas (better known as JET) of Metal Messiah Radio. We have been working with JET for years on various promotions, including the SDM Brutal Beatings Compilation, where she has provided tons of airplay and conducted many interviews with the artists featured on our compilations. Her contribution to the world of metal is nearly immeasurable, and we are looking forward to a continued working relationship, and now partnership. Below are just a few examples of bands she has covered over the years, under different outlets, and a link to some of her print interview samples:
Music Underground Entertainment News 2006-2010 (Distributed hard copy and digital): Cattle Decapitation, Cannibal Corpse, Abigail Williams, Psyopus, Otep, Yigael's Wall, Artep, Razor of Occam etc...
Rock Thiz Magazine 2012-2013 (distributed hardcopy and digital): Scorpions, Third Eye Blind, Def Con One, Barren Earth, Speed Kill Hate, Catamenia, Whiplash etc..
Metal Messiah Radio DJ and Administrator 2009-present - Interviewed 100's of artists like: Obituary, Rotting Christ, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Devin Townsend, Machine Head, Hate Eternal, Mayhem, Behemoth, Demonica, Nile, Deicide, Testament, Grave, Marduk, Flotsam and Jetsam, Gruesome, and on and on… Plus Sick Drummer Specials with drummers including: Kevin Talley, Gus Rios, George Kollias, Derek Roddy and Tim Yeung.
Jeanne also appears in 2 books in the "Metal Queens" series by Carnifex press: "Metal Queens Death Metal" Volume 1 number 1, and " Metal Queens Black Metal" Volume 1 Number 3.
In conjunction with Season of Mist Records, Sick Drummer Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the drum play-through video contest, with drummer Adam Jarvis of Misery Index/Pig Destroyer. While all the entries were great to watch, and much appreciated, Adam picked Matthew Paulazzo’s entry as the winner. Matthew will be receiving a 16” Sabian AA Rock Crash, signed by the members of Misery Index and Pig Destroyer, as well as a copy of “The Killing Gods” CD from Misery Index. But that's not all... EVERYBODY WINS on this contest! Read below for details, and thank you Season of Mist.
A Little About Matthew Palazzo:
Hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Matt has been playing drums for 8 years. He currently play drums in numerous local acts in the twin cities, such as: Upon His Flesh, Amiensus, and Aetheric and has also played for other acts like: By The Thousands, and In Search of Solace. Matthew loves drumming, particularly extreme metal drumming, and recently started a youtube channel where he intends to start having more covers up on a regular basis. Matt has been hugely inspired by drummers such as: George Kollias, Alex Rudinger, Chason Westmoreland, Hannes Grossman, Anthony Barone and of course Adam Jarvis, to name just a few. He works hard to continue improving, with the intent to be truly great one day. Matthew understands that this can only come through continued hard work and dedication.
Gretsch Catalina Birch Kit:
Kick 22" x 20"
Tom 10" x 8"
Tom 12" x 10"
Floor Tom 14" x 16"
Tama S.L.P Snare - 14" x 6” with Evans Hybrid Head
Paiste Dark Energy Signature Crashes 16" and 18"
Paiste Signature Hi-Hats 14"
Paiste RUDE China 18"
Paiste 2002 Cup Chime 6"
Paiste Alpha Splash
Sabian HH Raw Bell Dry Ride 20"
Trick Pro 1-V Bigfoot Double Pedal
Trick Sb-1 Laser Trigger System
Db Drum Shoes
EVERYBODY WINS! - As there were only a handful of people crazy enough to attempt covering Adam Jarvis, some being as young as 11 years old, Adam and Season of Mist Records have decided to give everyone who entered a prize. All other contestants will be receiving a Limited Misery Index ‘The Killing Gods’ Digibox, which includes: CD in jewel case with slipcase (alternate art on the cover - with bonus track), a metal pin, a printed patch and 3 vinyl stickers!
Here are the other contestants and their entry links:
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."
“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