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#1

Hey guys,
For those of you into the extreme metal scene - one of the bands on my resume has recently updated their site. I used to drum for them a while back. Songs that somewhat represent my playing include "Obliveon" and "Clandestine" enjoy. I wanted to post this to rebuk all the big and bulky myths that go around the drumming world (i.e. if you gain muscle you will become slow. Strength/Size = speed!!!!
www.myspace.com/circadianmusic


#2

Well, I just wanna say thanks for doing what you do. Life would be terrible without you extreme metal drummers destroying my speakers!

What band?


#3

Haha thanks, its ironic, the first reply is by someone also with the name soldier in itlol. The band I used to play in is called circadian. However, I found out there are two bands with the same name on myspace. The link is above or just type it in if it doesn't work.


#4

Good stuff! I am liking what I am hearing.

Wait, so you're no longer in this band? I wasn't sure I read this correctly. This you on the tracks though?


#5

Hey thanks matt, I used to play drums for them and that is me on those tracks. I'll check out your band as well.


#6

Yea, I'm digging it too. I've only recently gotten into hardcore. I've allways been more into classic metal, power metal, and really gutteral death metal.

I've been turned on to hardcore as I moreso appreciate drumming, the breakdowns and short base blasts are killer!

Some hardcore vocals are a little too, what I call "tough guy" style. Circadian's vocals are more death oriented, and I like that.

Good stuff!


#7

Hey thanks again

I don't think I copied and pasted my link correctly so I'll try again - sorry I'm new to this stuff lol


#8

don't you have a problem with your forearms getting a pump? i have been playing for years now and i notice after particularly rough deadlift sessions i definetly experience cramping while playing sets. do you have any tricks to avoid that?


#9

Hey b, I think if you are planning to practice a lot on a day that you lift, you might want to switch your deadlift or practice day because that lift definitely taxes your whole body/CNS. You want to be as fresh as possible if you have a demanding practice routine. Do you do any hammer curls or reverse curls because they will definitely strengthen your forearms as well. Properly spacing your practice and workout might help - I try to allow at least four hours between lifting and practicing drums. However, the day of a show, I make sure not to lift which is usually not a problem since most shows are usually on the weekend. I think generally, cramping is due to the muscles not being completely warmed up or a lack of hydration. Make sure to drink water before, during and after you practice if you play intense stuff. I hope this helps and if you have other questions feel free to ask.


#10

really? i always thought i got muscle pumps from doing direct forearm work such as wrist curls or thick bar work. I play in a grind/punk band ala terrorizer/discharge and a rock band ala Foo Fighters so i have alot of blast beat action going on but alot of playing 16th notes in the pocket as well. so its a hydration issue..interesting..


#11

Hey be,
I am not saying that it is a definite hydration thing but it is something to consider. Water does lubricate the joints to some degree so it is a good idea to prevent dehydration by drinking before you play.