What are some cutting edge drum styles emerging nowadays?

back2drumming

Junior Member
Back when I was young (late 80s, early 90s), drum n' bass was still very underground but starting to emerge. I remember listening to it and thinking, "wow there is nothing else like this."

Anything similar going on nowadays starting to barely emerge but still underground?
 

tcspears

Gold Member
I don't know if drum and bass counts as a drum style... that's not to discount its artistic merit, or say it isn't an important style of music, but it's not a srum style per se.

I think the latest trends seem to be finding new sounds to coax out of drums and cymbals, through stacking, and other gadgets. I'm thinking of Marc Guiliana and that school of thought.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwju-8Dp5e3KAhWqxIMKHWplAU4QtwIIJzAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DgUWyFCxIiXw&usg=AFQjCNEpUVshYVenjbSTOZHEbpoAaGBsVw&sig2=MlOGnKXx_YYFxVyg7dELvg&bvm=bv.113943665,d.amc
 

ZLeyba

Senior Member
I don't know if drum and bass counts as a drum style... that's not to discount its artistic merit, or say it isn't an important style of music, but it's not a srum style per se.
Jojo Mayer would disagree as would many others and including equipment manufacturers.

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In any case, there are several styles that I consider to be bubbling up from the underground.

The first is math and/or post rock.
these two genres have seen considerable growth over the last 8 or so years. While they've never reached a critical mass, many bands in this genre are able to make a living touring and recording which would've been unfeasible for most bands of this style only ten years ago.

some good examples of this style are these three bands:

Tera Melos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaYVYNj8dYc

these guys are a little on the insane side, a lot of time, tempo, and key changes


Enemies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6PoF97A_FA

if Tera Melos was a little too much for you, Enemies is a more musical take
on the same theme.

Toe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0RWnzd_b_k

Toe is one of the best known math rock acts out there and are considered to be some of the very best musicians in the genre. This is one of those bands who has grown quite a bit thanks to just word of mouth and they were able to sell out many dates on their american tour last summer.

The next crop of drummers are from the "Djent" scene. This genre has taken a lot of ideas from math rock and has evolved progressive metal with music that is alternatingly brutal, breath taking, and technically awe inspiring.

Animals As Leaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bRQOgRY5Bk

these dudes shred, Garstka shreds, and this song is proof that some of these bands are on the technical edges of rock music.

Periphery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ytJIJmoUQg

if Garstka with animals as leaders wasn't heavy enough for you, Travis Orbin with periphery will give you an even heavier dose of djent

Finally the last category of players is rather loosely defined, but it's players who are integrating electronics or recreating formerly electronic rhythms live.

Phantogram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHXG3bVlvAU

First up is Phantogram. They're a relatively popular alt-rock band that blends synthesizers, hard hitting rhythms and the vocalists dream-y voice to make memorable pop music that is a little different than your average top 40 fair. their drummer makes use of a fully hybrid kit to deliver a wide range of sounds and textures from a small 4 drum kit.

El Ten Eleven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTkPfjSXFpo

El Ten Eleven uses a loops to create dense layers of pure musical beauty. Their drummer also has a hybrid kit and control over a loop station of his own. He and the bassist use consistent rhythms with slight variations from phrase to phrase to create a rich musical narrative.

Tycho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOkwlQbLNiM

Formerly just the one man project of American producer Scott Hansen, Tycho has evolved into a full fledged electronica band and their live adaptations of Tycho's electronic music are enjoyable to listen to as they are to see performed


This is by no means a comprehenisive list, but rather just a small peak at what is going on in terms of drumming in the underground. I didn't even mention gospel chops or any other number of youtube/instagram trends
 

hyruleherojoe

Senior Member
if Garstka with animals as leaders wasn't heavy enough for you, Travis Orbin with periphery will give you an even heavier dose of djent
I'm under the impression that Matt Halpern is now with Periphery. Travis Orbin is with Intervals now.
 

ZLeyba

Senior Member
I'm under the impression that Matt Halpern is now with Periphery. Travis Orbin is with Intervals now.
yeah, i honestly don't keep up too much with that scene, Orbin's everywhere, and both Garstka and Halpern are also all over the place. There are only a finite number of drummers who can really play that shit at an affordable rate. It's kind of like the extreme metal studio scene. Nobody can keep those dudes in seats because there is always another gig that will pay more or pay at all
 
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