New Voros EP + recording for new Dyssidia album

I’ve been pretty slack with posting on here lately, but I assure you, I’ve been busy! My band Voros released our new EP entitled ‘Malignancy’ on October 10 and celebrated with a launch show in Adelaide with Alarum as well as a few of our favourite local bands. I pulled double duties with Voros and Alarum which was challenging and tiring! I also played a metal festival with Alarum in Melbourne last month, then flew to Sydney the next day to play with Ivanyi in support of Intervals and Polyphia. That was a big weekend!

The new Voros EP is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play etc. and is available to purchase on our bandcamp page. We’ve got one more show for the year on December 1st in Adelaide with NOTHING from Melbourne. We’ll be taking the new EP on the road early next year as well.

Live at the Malignancy Launch Show 13/10/18

In other news, Dyssidia have been working hard prepping the tracks for our upcoming full length album which is 10 tracks and about 70 minutes of very challenging progressive metal! In fact, I’ll be at Against the Grain studio this weekend to record the tracks over 2 days. This is definitely going to be the most ambitious recording project that I’ve ever done, so I’m both excited and nervous to get in there and deliver the best performance I can. Stay tuned for studio vids!


Tutorial Videos: Broken 16ths (Linear Drumming Fundamentals)

I'm relieved to finally release my video tutorials on broken 16th note rhythms/linear drumming available here!

The below YouTube video is the introduction to the series on playing and counting broken 16th note rhythms and creating linear patterns by adding kick drum. You can download the accompanying PDF for free from the link above.

All of the follow-up videos deal with applying these rhythms around the kit and combining the rhythms with each other. 

This tutorial series is aimed at intermediate drummers or even advanced drummers that want to improve when it comes to reading and counting rhythms.

Please note, you should also be able to play these rhythms with alternating sticking, but the idea behind using the stickings demonstrated in this video is that eventually you should be able to read the different rhythms and automatically know which sticking to play so that you always end up with your right hand on the beat (or left if you are left handed).

Feel free to leave me any feedback and thanks for the support!

IVANYI TOUR WITH CALIGULA'S HORSE + TUTORIAL VIDEOS

I'll be hitting the road with my prog buddies James Norbert Ivanyi and Liam Horgan in August, this time supporting the always amazing Caligula's Horse. Also joining us on the mini-tour are mates in Opus of a Machine. C-Horse will be playing their latest album in it's entirety as well as a second set of fan requests, while we'll be playing the track 'Terraform Diminution' for the first time live. There's some very tricky parts in there but I'm looking forward to laying it down on stage!

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A couple of months ago I put out the below tutorial video which demonstrates a few different linear 32nd note paradiddle fills. The PDF is available to download for free in the Transcriptions section of my website.

Over the past few months I've been working on a series of tutorial videos which go through different broken 16th note rhythms and fill in each rhythm with kick drum in the gaps. I combine each rhythm with every other set of broken 16th note rhythms and apply them around the kit to form fills. Essentially these form the fundamentals of linear drumming. I'll be releasing these videos in the next week so keep an eye out!

VOROS STUDIO FOOTAGE & PSYCROPTIC/ARCHSPIRE SUPPORT

Howdy all! I recorded the drums for the new Voros EP last month - 4 flat out tracks of death/thrash/prog metal! Here's a snippet of one of the songs which channels a bit of a Mastodon/Brann Dailor vibe. Lot's of busy fills! There's also some metric modulation happening in this track where the the 16th note feel morphs into a triplet feel without changing the underlying speed of those notes. This gives the illusion that the actual tempo of the song has changed. Check out the Voros facebook/instagram + my instagram page for more studio footage.

On the 25th of August we'll be playing this massive show as part of the Psycroptic/Archspire (US) Australian tour. The EP will be released in October with the launch shows to be announced soon.

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NEW IVANYI PLAYTHROUGH VID + DRUM TRANSCRIPTION!

I'm very proud to release this pro-recorded Ivanyi playthrough and associated drum transcription! The video features 3 camera angles plus kick cam, recorded at Moon 33 Studios.

I chose this song because it is one of the most varied and challenging Ivanyi song with changes in feel from straight to swung, plus 4/4, 6/8 and odd time bars.

 

If you're interested in learning this song, grab the transcription here: http://liamweedalldrummer.com/transcriptions

The download includes a guitar pro file so you can hear the parts being played and slow down the tempo, as well as two PDF files, one of which includes written notes to help you learn the song more easily. 

Thanks for the support!