Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Where Metal Drummers Go to Swing: John Stanier

After the dissolution of Helmet in the late 90's, drummer John Stanier (the hardest-hitting metronome in rock) went on to collaborate with guitar-loop wiz Tyondai Braxton, son of For Alto genius/multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. The collaboration is Battles, which to my ears is loud and beautiful. I've always admired Stanier's relentless bass-drum, hi-hat, and snare interplay, as well as the seamless fills on "FBLA II" from Meantime. His drumming is both heavy and downright expressive.

Here's one of my favorite Battles tunes, "SZ2" off B EP:



And behold! This is what I'm talking about:

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