Wow. According to his own Official Facebook page, it seems as though master drummer Mike Portnoy is leaving the Adrenaline Mob after some upcoming appearances and I have to admit that I didn’t see this one coming. Please stop shaking your head at me because you know you didn’t expect this one either. Mike’s statement follows the photograph that I took in 2012.
Artist: Rat Skates
Title: “Born In The Basement”
Label: Kundrat Productions
Release Date: 5/12/2007
Drummer Rat Skates founded Overkill in the early 1980’s just as the Disco movement was waning and the NWOBHM was becoming a rising force in music across the pond. The Thrash Metal scene that this inspired would be a mixture of these teachings from the UK and the Hardcore Punk scene that was going strong in the States. The DVD film “Born In The Basement” is the story of how it began for Skates during these formative Metal years and it takes you on a very interesting and educational journey from the musician’s perspective. Skates himself came from the Punk background and it was his creative visions and determination that would forge the beginnings of one of the most influential bands in Thrash Metal history. The film should prove quite the learning experience for any performer who seeks to jump into the fray that is called the Music Business. So many people are focused on the likes of American Idol type competitions and having Internet resources such as MySpace, and Friendster to help them along to “success” that none realize the exact amount of work that actually goes into it and how hard you truly need to work. Throughout the DVD Skates is interviewed and his commentary and demeanor are very candid, and above all honest. He lines out how they would stay awake entire weekends when they were not playing to make their own T-shirts, and demo tapes. Tape Trading was a big deal and it seemed like the bands didn’t mind back then since this was helping get the word around and to the most people possible. Since there was no record deal in the beginning for the guys, the copying and passing around of these tapes and selling five dollar homemade shirts would help make the band more popular than many of their peers of the day.
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Artist: Chris Adler (Lamb of God) & Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall)
Title: “Modern Drummer Festival 2005”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 3/20/2006
Style: Heavy Metal
Filmed at the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival this DVD is a Heavy Metal drummers dream. How else could you describe a video that gives you knock down performance footage from the drummers of both Lamb Of God and Shadow’s Fall. Clearly the two bands are delivering among the best Metal heard in recent years and it would sound a lot different if these two gents were not in the respective drum chairs. Being a former drummer myself I enjoyed this a lot because there was also a lot of dialogue from both players and not just straight performance pieces. Chris starts out the film and tells a lot of his origins and from this the most interesting point is the fact that he has only been drumming since age 21. Hearing the music of Lamb Of God and knowing what Adler does for the band should serve as some inspiration to those who might feel it is too late to begin playing the instrument. Chris performs three LoG songs with the assistance of his Brother (fellow band member Willie) on guitar but he does not do a solo of his own citing that he is more about the songs with the band than that display. Chris also manages to treat the viewer to some rough tracks he is working on with Ron Jarzombek (Brother to killer drummer Bobby). During the talks Adler is very personable and affable, making a sharp contrast to the type of Metal that Lamb Of God plays. I enjoyed his segment very much and feel most viewers will take away the same view.
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