As a fan of the majority of these bands I wanted to get this to hear what the drummers could do. Most drummers take a back seat in the metalcore scene so this CD sounded interesting. The Chris Alder track is awesome. Its complex, fun, and exciting. The Ken Candiria track is mighty interesting, Chris P. of DEP does a very interesting piece as well. Justin Foley of KSE track is the most interesting on this whole CD. From its rockin guitars to its non-metal guitar solos to the incredible diversity in drum work I was just blown away. I always thought the drummer of KSE was just a bland player but this song proves me wrong! The ending guitar melody will have you humming for days. Jason Bitt is totally overated and the song is not the best. Overall its a cool CD to have but its not like a must have. Its a CD that shows that these metalcore drummers can wear different hats. The video stuff is kinda a waste…
Peter Morticelli, founder of Magna Carta Records, wants the world to know that drummers are people, too. He’s made that notion the theme of the third CD release in Magna Carta’s acclaimed Drum Nation series. And so that all might witness, Drum Nation Volume 3, a compilation of the most provocative tracks ever tabled by drummers, is supplemented with a video component—a series of vignettes peering into the lives of the participants. We’re talking the most cutting-edge drummers of our time: Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Raanen Bozzio (Stasis), Jeremy Colson (Steve Vai, Marty Friedman), Justin Foley (Killswitch Engage), Michael Justice (Unearth), Jordan Mancino (As I Lay Dying), Joe Nunez (Soulfly), Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan), Derek Roddy (Blotted Science), Kenneth Schalk (Candiria), and Tom Taitano (Totalisti). Each has produced an audio track and a video exclusively for this exciting release. This is stuff you won’t see anywhere else. The audio is rich with the contributions of diverse personalities. The breadth of vision is evidence that, when unfettered by commercial constraints, drummers make amazing musical and production decisions. The music ranges stylistically from blast metal to ethereal soundscapes to quasi-jazz liquid vamps. And the video, well, it’s sick! It’s a truly rare glimpse into some extraordinary lives. Not to give it all away, but imagine Chris Adler against a green screen cavorting for a video game camera crew, or Joe Nunez narrating from the dentist’s chair, or Kenneth Schalk on the golf course, or Jason Bittner demonstrating ”no pain, no gain” while submitting to a tattoo. That’s just the start of it.
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