EnkElination “Tears of Lust” Album Release

So today EnkElination release their debut album “Tears of Lust” on all digital platforms (with some physical copies too).

The band are a London based operatic metal band headed by vocalist Elina Siirala.

I was approached by the band last year to record drum parts and spent quite some time making sure all of the parts were exactly what they needed – it was a challenge because it called for much more laid-back playing in places than many of the sessions I’d worked on up until that point but I’m very happy with the final results!

The session was booked into Fractured Sound in Scunthorpe with Chris Johnson behind the desk – Chris did a great job in helping me get all the tracks recorded quickly and efficiently and brought out the best in my playing for the record too.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of “Tears of Lust” you can do so on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby or Bandcamp or check out the EnkElination website.

The band have also been announced for this years Bloodstock Open Air festival.


Endorsement Announcement: Murat Diril Cymbals

So this announcement has been a long time coming and is something I’ve been hinting at since an important meeting at the London Drum Show last October. I can now officially disclose that I’ve signed an endorsement agreement with Murat Diril Cymbals and have joined their family of artists!

Each cymbal is totally handmade from B22 Bronze on the coast of the Black Sea in Samsun, Turkey and I couldn’t be more proud to be incorporating them into my overall sound.

I’ll be heading into the studio and out on tour with the following “core setup”:

14″ Renaissance Hi-Hats

17″ and 18″ Renaissance Crashes

16″ and 18″ Renaissance Thin Chinas

10″ Renaissance Splash

20″ Black Sea Megabell Gold Ride

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If you’re curious about what Murat’s cymbals can bring to your playing, head on over to www.muratdiril.com

Sonisphere Spain Report

I’m officially back from October File’s pair of shows at Sonisphere Spain.

It’s been a rather surreal experience playing mainstage in venues that are very different to anything I’ve encountered before: Madrid’s Auditorio Miguel Rios is a full-blown amphitheatre and Barcelona’s Parc Del Forum is not only right by the sea but also attached to a watersport arena from the Olympics.

Madrid saw some technical issues at the start of the set (with fantastic emergency assistance provided by Newsted’s technicians) but Barcelona went off without a hitch and was met with a great response.

These shows were also the first proper test for my Shaw 5B sticks and they’ve proven themselves to be very durable (I used the same pair for both shows with no issues), able to handle considerable temperature changes and handle with a very nice balance – they’re available over at the Music Shipping Company.

There’s some great photos already up online and the first fan video has already appeared on YouTube.

A view from the very top of the Auditoria Miguel Rios as Iron Maiden’s stage was being built the night before the show.

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All set up in the sun, ready to be wheeled onto the stage (Madrid)

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…and again in Barcelona.

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Facing the stage from the Sound Desk (Barcelona)

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Looking out behind the Sound Desk (Barcelona)

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So I’m back to work on several sessions now with some additional October File shows that will be announced very soon.

October File confirmed for Sonisphere Festivals in Spain

So Sonisphere UK might be cancelled yet again but I am pleased to announce that October File will be performing at both of the Sonisphere Festivals in Spain this year. The band will be in Madrid on May 31st and Barcelona on June 1st – further details will be available soon.

The Line-up includes Iron Maiden, Danzig, Ghost and Avantasia to name a few – more bands will be announced soon and there will be further October File bookings to be confirmed for later in the year.

There’s also another piece of exciting news that I’ve still yet to release but that will have to wait for another week or two.