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Honketonk 09-19-2007 08:07 PM

Dave McClain
Didnt found a threat about him and I think he deserves one ! ;-)

IMO an amazing, fast drummer of my favorite band, Machine Head ! Seen them about 10 times live now and cant wait to see them again on december 1st in Cologne with Trivium, Arch Enemy and the mighty Shadows Fall !

Hmm...nuff said so far... just a few pics though ! ^^

Current pic of their Black Tyranny Tour through the US
Old pic of me and Dave in Cologne 04
Cologne 03

Mapex589 09-23-2007 06:44 PM

Re: Dave McClain
I couldn't agree more.....Dave McClain is a killer drummer. His work on The Blackening is awesome. We will be seeing Machine Head in October.......sweet!

Doom 09-23-2007 06:50 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Great drummer, I just wish he played in a band that does more for me than Machine Head.
I got the impression watching him at wembley this year that it was all easy for him. Which is a bit scary. Cool that he is so relaxed while playing though.

Honketonk 09-24-2007 12:46 PM

Re: Dave McClain
He isnt THAT relaxed though, I met him a couple of times and talked to him. When playing songs like "Vim" from Through the Ashes ... hes going pretty far to his limits.

Also his setup is cool, pretty impressing how he can play on a kit that is so much set down.

jiltednut 09-25-2007 01:24 AM

Re: Dave McClain
Great drummer, I've learned a lot from he approaches some quite complex melodies....ala "The Blackening"...and to lesser extent Ashes, but yeah, he's really inspired me to push myself. He plays some very tasty stuff, great drummer, and I think he's grown with the music as opposed to getting better and applying that to the music. Listen to "The More Things Change" then to "The Blackening" and u'll see what I mean.

DrumGod 09-28-2007 01:42 PM

Re: Dave McClain
I Think he is very good... He seems to surprise me.. Im not a big machine head fan but i would listen to them the very rare occasion and just when i think he is a bit over rated he would rip a lovely lick or pattern out of nowhere and shut me up hahaha IMO great player altho i wouldn be able to play his kit looks very uncomfortable imo

Honketonk 10-23-2007 09:24 AM

Re: Dave McClain
I think he now completely moved to DDRUMS, but Im not too sure, in octobers issue of Modern Drummer Ive seen to commercials with Dave, one with Pearl-Drums and a few pages forward then with DDRUMS !?

DrumGod 10-23-2007 01:31 PM

Re: Dave McClain
I was really confused about that too!!!

Honketonk 10-23-2007 07:26 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Hmmm ... I guess hes with ddrums now, cause last time Ive seen them play he used that set !

Drum-Head 10-23-2007 07:51 PM

Re: Dave McClain
I was reading an interview the other day in which Dave said he felt that Pearl was not doing much for him in terms of promotion and he found that frustrating. Ddrum was offering a better deal so he made the switch.

You'll find that here: Dave Mclain interview for Drummer's Digest

Honketonk 10-23-2007 08:36 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Awesome, thanks for the article !!!

Drum-Head 10-23-2007 10:28 PM

Re: Dave McClain
You're welcome bro!

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GNRFAN 03-18-2008 09:32 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Any idea what snare Dave uses on The Blackening record (the most recent one)?


drumpress 04-09-2008 08:41 PM

Re: Dave McClain

You can directly and personally ask Dave that question here:


Best regards,

GNRFAN 04-22-2008 03:04 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Someone must know what snare Dave uses or has used??


Big Chris 04-22-2008 03:57 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Not taking anything away from Dave McClain. (And I've already posted elesewhere on the futility of comparing one drummer to another)

But Chris Kontos was totally amazing on the first album.

I think I read an article years ago by Dave, where his Mum or Nan or someone phoned him up upon hearing he'd got the Machine Head job and basically said. "Have you heard the guy you're replacing? Good luck!"


It's funny, but I preferred Dave's drumming in Sacred Reich to the stuff he's doing now.

drummingdunc 04-25-2009 03:29 PM

Re: Dave McClain
He still nails all the "Burn My Eyes" stuff live though. Oooh, just got the shivers thinking about 'Block'. Gonna put it on right now!

metal overlord 04-25-2009 05:37 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Oh I love Dave. He's a beast.
Interest double bass set up he's got also.

Hellwyck 01-24-2011 09:04 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Dave moved to Yamaha and plays the Oak Custom sets.
He still uses DDrum for triggers.

Bonestorm 02-07-2012 02:58 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Saw Machine Head last weekend. My GOD were they on FIRE - they absolutely crushed and Dave was killer. Such a great drummer. I was drooling over that new Oak Custom kit he's using!

marko138 02-07-2012 05:07 PM

Re: Dave McClain
I saw MH on Mayhem Fest last summer. They were great. McClain is a beast. Love his style.

Bonestorm 02-08-2012 03:14 PM

Re: Dave McClain
Something else I thought of...

I've read a few interviews where he's said they don't record to a click. If this is the case, that's DAMN impressive considering how solid the tempos are on each album.

marko138 02-08-2012 04:47 PM

Re: Dave McClain

Originally Posted by Bonestorm (Post 956621)
Something else I thought of...

I've read a few interviews where he's said they don't record to a click. If this is the case, that's DAMN impressive considering how solid the tempos are on each album.

I've read that too.


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