National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2018 Show Report

Greetings from the 2018 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Convention AKA the NAMM Show, where things have been changed up a bit from years past. For starters, all the booths were in different locations, including some booths that were outside the normal convention center area. While there was still an insane amount of people, it felt a bit less crowded due to the new format and wider areas between booths. Let’s not delay any further and get to some of the products we particularly enjoyed!

Sonor displayed the beast of a kit, the SQ2 “The Book of Souls,” made specifically for Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN). Witnessing it up close and personal was truly astonishing. Crafted in Germany, the shells were made to Nicko’s specific specifications, complete with Eddie inlays. Beautiful stuff.

Paiste had a 90” giant gong on display. Yes, a 90” gong. Not sure how practical that would be, but that’s a whole lot of gong going on.

While not exactly metal related, some of you may remember the old Roland TR-808 or TR-909 drum machines, and now they have been officially reintroduced as virtual plug-ins. Note that you’ll have to use the Roland cloud, however, this is extremely cool and a great throwback for those nostalgic drum sounds.
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VOMIT REMNANTS Emerges From Slumber with Hyper Groove Brutality

It only took 12 years but Tokyo, Japan’s VOMIT REMNANTS are back.  Their aptly titled new album, Hyper Groove Brutality, is available now worldwide via Unique Leader.  It features guest appearances from vocalist Henrik Cranz of SOILS OF FATE, guitarist Craig Peters of DEEDS OF FLESH/DESTROYING THE DEVOID, and guitarist Paul Masvidal of CYNIC.

Check out “Hi Fi the Art of Rapture“:

Here’s another tasty track, “Wire Rope Strangle“:

 

CYNIC’s Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert Speak Out on Their Sexuality

cynicTechnical death metal legends Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert have spoken publicly for the first about their sexuality via interview with the LA Times.  Like JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford and GODSEED‘s Gaahl, the founding CYNIC members have publicly revealed that they are gay.

Drummer Sean Reinert summed it up best in the interview:

“Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been…It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine.'”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  Cheers to Paul and Sean for having the courage to come out.  And if you have a problem with it, then leave this website. 🙂

ABYSMAL DAWN/BEREFT’s Charles Elliott and OBSCURA’s Steffen Kummerer Announced as Vocalists on Death to All Tour

ABYSMAL DAWN/BEREFT‘s Charles Elliott and OBSCURA‘s Steffen Kummerer have been announced as vocalists of DEATH tribute, Death to All Tour. The tour’s band will consist of ex-DEATH members including Gene Hoglan, Steve DiGiorgio, Bobby Koelble, Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal.

Tour dates:
6/22/2012 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
6/23/2012 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2012 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
6/28/2012 – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY
6/30/2012 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL