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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » Why progressive drummers are in need for harmony

May 24, 2006

Why progressive drummers are in need for harmony

Category: Music — kaldor @ 12:54 pm

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Do you know progressive rock/metal music? I presume that you do. During the last days I’ve listened to Riverside, the so called new prog-metal gods from poland. And once again you fell over the same situation. Why does progressive mean, that your heart shall break listening to their songs in most cases?

I know a lot of people who really prefer the progressive style of Liquid Tension Experiment, especially songs like Acid Rain or Paradigm Shift. They are doing this push-through style, where you cannot sit on your couch listening to it, but neither you can run through your appartment headbanging as you don’t get the beats coordinated with your hairs. It’s brilliant.

So what really bothers me, is the fact that it seems like Mike Portnoy is the only person being allowed to play the drums in a freaking, double-time, fast forward way. I cannot say, that he is the only one capable of playing like this, because it is definetly doable. Moreover it seems like no one has the balls to freak out behind his set. Believe me, you can do it! There is no reason to hesitate.

During your drum lessons you get to hear, that you should be the one regulating the band. You are the one responsible for holding everyone together. Well, that fits musically as privately, but that’s a different story. So I guess most drummers just don’t feel comfortable when they play some odd-time-signatures and therefore are afraid to disconcert the rest of the band. And having multiple musicians playing at a different feeling makes you loose any harmony. But hey, it is said, that your drums should keep the band together, but who says that you should make it easy to them? Having played in a progressive band now since 4 years I can just tell that it increases the skills of every musician when he gets used to different bar types. They will never acknowledge this to you, but you know that it is exactly this way.

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So next time you sit behind your drums, remember my words and fascinate your audience with some technical brilliance in a fast forward feeling. Let’s do progressive !!!Rock!!!

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