Extreme metal drumming has become somewhat of a new “hot topic”, pun intended. In a world where tempos generally live above 200bpm and volumes are extreme, there are many areas that are different than other drumming styles and cultures. In the first part of my series, I'll start with establishing a great home base: the “extreme” drummer’s drum kit.
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The heel-raise technique I’m about to detail is one that can be used for both speed and power when needed. It allows the player to bury the beater if desired or let the beater come off the drumhead with as much power. But I think once a drummer learns to use the technique correctly the buried beater days might be over. Why sacrifice speed when you can have both speed and power?