April 14th: A Day To Remember Peter Steele from Type O Negative

April 14th is a day I tend to listen to a lot of Type O Negative and now I pay my respects by releasing a drum cover on the anniversary of Peter Steele’s death.  This year, I chose the middle section of the song ‘We Hate Everyone‘ to be a little different; plus it helps me continue work on the other projects I got going on.  The one thing about Type O songs, the drums are usually never in the forefront of the song -that’s all reserved for Peter!  I found this middle section had it’s challenges at the end with some pretty quick double bass parts.  I am no double bass master or anything, so this was a little tough for me to do.  Hope you enjoy it and play some Type O Negative today!!! 

Not much else going on that comes to mind that I have not posted previously.  I’ve been noodling around with the idea of reworking my electronic drum kit; maybe doing an A2E (analog to electronic) conversion.  I want to expand on my kit some more. 🤣😂  Maybe adding an additional floor tom, a different rack, different layout with the cymbals. 

The problem is that if I am going to go out and do that, I might as well go big and start over.  I love some of the A2E conversion kits I have seen posted and specifically Fake Smile Revolution‘s kit!  That’s what I want right there, maybe too many cymbals.  LOL.  Anywho, I doubt this will ever come to fruition but that’s all I got today.  Enjoy the cover!  RIP Peter!  🙏 

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New Drum Cover & Time Just Gets Away From Me Sometimes. . .

Happy 5 years of being active on YouTube day!  Square Hammer was the first song I heard from Ghost thanks to my good friend Frank for telling me to check them out.  I went down a big rabbit hole and started to love all of their music; not sure if you could tell based off my drum cover choices.  😆😋  A great majority of Ghost songs fits my drumming style to a “T” and they have some crazy awesome hooks in their songs.  If I had to pick one of my favorite Ghost songs, Faith has to be it.  Such a killer riff!

As a band, I have recorded this song many times and every time, I played it incorrectly during the chorus sections.  I needed to make it right, make it sound the best I can, and that’s EXACTLY what I did with this release here.  Not saying the previous versions were terrible but I guess my standards were a little lower back in the day.  Interested in checking out the full band cover we did of this song?  Check it out on Soundcloud

I posted on the YouTube community messages that I would be releasing two drum covers for the month of March.  While I have filmed the 2nd cover already, I am going to hang on to it until May’s release to help me get more work done on the BIG project.  I am in the early planning stages for the April release, which is time sensitive, and I want to hit a specific date for that one.  So I was unable to manage my time correctly; or these covers are just getting a little harder than before.  The collaboration I have mentioned in previous posts is taking longer than anticipated.  Finding someone to do vocals is always the hardest…WHY, WHY, WHY?!

I keep mentioning this BIG project and you are probably wondering what it could be?!  I just can’t give it away and maybe I am building it up too much.  I tell you though, once I release it, I might be done with drum covers for a few months.  😏  I think that’s about all I got to talk about for now.  It’d be great if people left comments on these posts so I know I am not talking to a brick wall.  🎶🎵 “Hello brick wall, my only friend…” 🎶🎵

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Is This One of My Heaviest Drum Covers To Date?

I have a new drum cover scheduled to be released on Friday, January 28th at 6pm CST.  The video & Superior Drummer 3 project file will unlock here on the website at this time as well.  It just might be one of the heaviest songs I have covered to date, leave me a comment and let me know if you think this is true or not.  I had lots of fun recording this one; even if those odd placed kicks in the fast section were giving me a hard time for a couple days.  I may have to skip a month or two of releasing drum covers to get the BIG project done.  Work is always progressing on it but it’s much slower than I want it to be. 

Here on the website, I have been working in the Downloads section a lot.  I never really like the thumbnail pictures I had for the Toontrack EZX/SDX products.  They were all blurry and mis-aligned, so I took the time to create proper ones that are much sharper & cleaner.  This means I had to edit every single download with the new images. 

Additionally, I added two more Superior Drummer 3 Project files to the download list:  Quietdrive – Time After Time and Skillet – Monster.  I’m getting close to getting all of the projects uploaded, if you don’t see the one you are looking for, just ask.

Lastly, I have refreshed the main logo on the top of this page.  My good friend Steve made many of the graphics that was used for our Red Gear band project and I am trying to redo them to my taste.  I have no idea how to redo the animated logo I use at the start of my videos so I just might have to hire someone on Fivver to recreate it for me.  🤷‍♂️

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Let’s Start Off The New Year With A Drum Cover!

Today I have a new drum cover scheduled to be released at 6pm CST and if you are visiting this site before then, you will be the first people to find out what it is before anybody else!  This cover is a group I absolutly love and my most favorite song…Less Than Jake “Look What Happened”.  It’s not a difficult song by any means but I wanted to cover this band for many years and what better way than to kick off the new year?!  Honestly, I needed an easy song to cover so that I can continue my work on the “BIG” project that I am hoping to release by fall of 2022.  Today I was practicing for the next video in this project and I think I am ready to film it tomorrow.  I filmed the first video last week and the ONE person who saw it liked it; thanks Frank.  😎

Ok so what about another collaboration?  I’ve been in talks with Heavy In Hawaii to pick another song to collab on; we just might have something in the works.  It’s difficult because we both have very specific tastes in music and we want the performance to showcase what we are capable of.  For him as a singer, the tune has to be in his vocal range.  The song I chose, I think would work great, has a SUPER KILLER RIFF, and is a new release for a pretty popular band!  

I have already started the drum track and got about 75% done.  Maybe I will do the drum cover for this song for the February drum cover release…we’ll have to see how Heavy In Hawaii is progressing with the tune before I make that decision.  Aside from that, hope you guys have a great new year and love to hear your comments about this website!

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New Drum Cover & a New Huge Update To Site

Not sure how many people are aware of this, but close friends of Nick Menza are making new music with his drums tracks he did before he passed away.  One of those friends, David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth bassist & bandmate), teased a little snippet of the music created.  Also, I’ve been subscribed to Nick’s YouTube channel for sometime and there has been alot of work & posts on a documentary coming out entitled “This Was My Life – The Story Of Nick Menza”. 

Why am I bringing all this up?  Well the drum cover I released today was mainly because of all the videos I have been watching on Nick Menza.  His drumming is so solid and the kick patterns he uses are just great.  Like the song Captive Honor from the epic album Countdown to Extinction, is a basic song with a simple tempo, but the kick pattern he used in the verses is what drove me to want to cover this song.  Plus it’s one more checked off the list to complete this whole album…which isn’t my goal really.  🤣😂

So enjoy this cover and leave a comment on what you think!

Now, the huge updates with this website.  Yea, I spent alot of time getting this going again.  Many people probably didn’t know that I have/had another website, actually a posting forum, called SD3presets.com.  It’s main purpose was for users of the Toontrack software Superior Drummer 3 to share custom presets they have created with a specialty for ones that sound just like albums of bands.  It’s been running for almost a year and it hasn’t really taken off like I had hoped, although a user named Omega Station, has uploaded quite a few projects of some awesome bands.

So I decided to take the SD3presets site and roll it up into this website so that www.redgearmusic.com will be your one stop shop.  😁  You can find a good majority of the old posts from SD3prests (some posts I chose to not carry over) in our newly created Forums page.  You will need to register to post in the forums but registering also gives you the ability to comment on my blog posts as well!  So win/win?  Hahahah, who knows.  Oh, and if you are looking to find people to collaborate with, you’ll find a section in the forums for that as well!  

I have the next drum cover already in the works.  I am 90% solid during my practice sessions and hope to shoot it by next weekend with a release date for New Years Eve.  It’s a great genre of one my all time favorite bands.  I am super stoked for you guys to check it out!  OH!!!  Slightly modified RedGear Music logo…do you like?

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