Apr
23

Raising the bar

Author // Lukasz "Lucass" Krzesiewicz
Posted in // Drumming Lessons

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Tedious practice

This post is dedicated to Noel Smart aka Necro Drums – get well ASAP bro! We are worried here!

Last Friday, my inner sportsman woke up… after about 3-4 years with no running whatsoever I decided to go jogging. I must admit, that was one of the WORST decisions ever. The outcomes were sudden as hell: cough, heavy breathing, ‘freezing’ lungs, muscle cramps, general fatigue and leg muscle soreness. Shame on me. Never more!
I’ve never been struggling so hard to nail down a drum cover before. Usualy, the procedure is pretty simple: I pick a song I find challenging, put it into a click track, play it over and over again until it’s tight and smooth, record, edit the video, upload and voila! But not this time…

The one I spent nearly 100 hours within the last 7 days on practicing, tracking and putting together is ‘Das Leben Will Gewonnen Sein’ by my beloved band Panzerchrist (Denmark) from the album Soul Collector. It’s the opening track but, my impression – as far as this piece is concerned – is as follows: it could also be the perfect closure to the album. This track is my definition of song’s brutality, it’s fast, it’s heavy, there are no gay slow moments or breaks, just pure fury and destruction from the very first moment. It’s got everything I need. It’s PERFECT! On top of that, Reno H. Kiilerich, who is one of my two greatest drum heroes, put down some of the most intense parts I could imagine. No stops, just a constant 16th note attack. There’s plenty of blastbeats of various kinds, tons of disciplined, PERFECT footwork, a few drum fills and quite untypical cymbal work – with crash cymbals hit mainly on the 4th measure of the bar. All that is served in as dry form as possible. So dry, that you won’t witness a… clicktrack in here! The drum sound is also extremely raw and deep which means – no edition, copying, sampling or quantization applied. The tempo escalates around 225bpm, slightly increasing or decreasing – depending on the part. The incredibly precise footwork (all single strokes, single-foot blastbeats) is even more impressive when measuring the lenghts of the runs Reno kept the rolls going for. I’m a huge fan of Panzerchrist throughout their entire history but the period when Kiilerich was in the line-up is the tits! Such an uncompromising, precise and fast drummer, yet so smooth, conscious, powerful and clean in execution… Phenonenal! There are no unneeded fills to let you rest, no accents, whenever the blast beat stops, the double bass kicks in. The tricky part was also to memorize the seemingly simple fills, their positions and general phrazing (I fucked up some of them as well as the cymbal work). It’s all far from being named typical. This piece is grinding, grinding and grinding without mercy. The last remark concerning this track is about the mixing. Check out the original version first – HOW DID THEY DO THAT??? So sterile, so clean, so arranged, every instrument has it’s own place, each band member is loud as fuck but still remains audible. So audibe, that I couldn’t hear anything else than Reno’s kicks and ride cymbal when recording this cover, his drums literally ATE mine 🙂 🙂 Pretty old-school way of mixing but hey, ‘me like a lot’ 🙂 Raw – waR \m/

Now, I didn’t quite count how many times I played this song, must have been at least 90-100 times within the last 4 days. I played it slowly, in the right tempo, fast, with/without the ankle weights. The principle of the recording was to loop the track and play along at least 15 times in a row. I’m talking about RECORDING ONLY! So, having all the motivation in the world, I planned to catch the best single take possible. It was definately the most difficult fish to fry so far, it required patience, focus, empathy and determination 🙂 How did it go? I’m well-aware of the fact that this particular take is not even close to  GOOD but…  Check out yourselves, hope you’ll appreciate!

(the guitars and vocals have been totally flattened out in order to kill the original drumtrack)

Summing up, no tempo track to follow, damn perfect footwork and diverse blasting to immitate, very untypical cymbal work and fills, long double kick & blast runs… Difficulty level 9/10 😀 Was it worth the effort? Certainly, this ‘torture-exercise’ elevated my bassdrum singles and one-footed blast beats to some ridiculous tempos. I’ll show you next time ;]

Stay tuned for more stuff! There’s plenty of things going on these days 🙂

Best regards,

Luc!

 

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Lukasz "Lucass" Krzesiewicz

Hi everyone! My name is Lukasz Krzesiewicz – but people know me as Lucass. I am the drummer of Polish death/grind band GNIDA. Besides, I'm a drumming educator and a live/studio session musiacian - I play various music in different Polish and foreign bands. I was born in 1986 and I’ve been playing drums since Mai 2000. My favourite genres are death metal, grindcore and heavy metal. Enjoy the page and don't hesitate to get in touch with me! Luc

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