I have only pleasure of hearing "Moonspell" for their lastest release on Napalm Records I have been fortunate enough to review.(5 stars!) What an incredible album it is on so many different levels this will be one I will listen to for years to come.
Being a drummer myself I found myself beyond excited when there was an email saying that the drummer for "Moonspell"(Mike Gasper)was available for telephone interviews. I did do an interview with Mike via phone however the interview did not save so I thought that was it Nathan Birk(Napalm Records)said not a problem-send the questions by email and he will have Mike answer them again, so VERY kind of the both of them to do that.
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I did take a while to get the feeling right on the solid simple bass snare parts , I really wanted it to feel like I was pounding on a 28" bass drum to get the Hard Rock touch from the 80´s. The more complicated double bass tom fills was more from my Death Metal roots . Just pounding on drums like a cave man ! hr hr
I have that issue and it inspired me a lot. He is for sure one of the best drummers ever and anyone who says not is pretty ignorant . It pretty hard to groove do complex beats and hit the drums like a man. It´s another level of intensity just like Jazz back in the early 20th century that for sure everyone at that time thought these cats were sons of satan!! I bet that 100 years from now many metal bands will be considered revolutionary and ahead of it´s time . Kinda like the way we see Jazz or older styles of music. Music is music and if people listen too it than it has its importance. The metal community is very open to other forms of music and has incorporated it in metal raising the bar from generation to generation. It is unfair and unjust to have an opinion on a matter we know nothing about. Their loss fuck em !!
Don´t know it´s just normal for us I´ve been in the band for 20 years and there is always a tom part waiting to happen. I think this is due to the big influence of Dead Cab Dance a world music band that mix elements from all over the world and the percussions and vocals are amazing. the mood you can set for other instruments using the bare wood sound of the drums just brings out the organic feeling bringing us back to other times other civilizations . Brings a bit of our historic past and ethnic roots together . You can see me as a world music metal drummer :) But I have to say on this new release I went more for the drive and more rock n roll punch in the gut feeling on Alpha. Omega has a ore classic rock big drums touch to it. With so many albums it´s good to hear all the diferent stuff I´ve done. But always making the band sound it´s best that´s my main goal over the years.
This track came from Pedro trying some cool keyboard sounds and programming . Ricardo came in with that awesome riff and I laid the drums done with not much practice. We kept it fresh to the last minute and tried not to complicate just be a bit spontaneous like an infernal jam . It had to be majestic and symphonic like other things we have done in the past! Stuff like this is really easy and fun for us. All scary type movie soundtrack are stuff we have dabbled with for years . We try not to do to much so we won´t bore people but when we can it will pop up and be surprising
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