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Frost 01-06-2011 02:41 PM

John Longstreth
I don't know how familiar you guys are with him, but he is an absolute beast of a death metal drummer.

One of the fastest drummers I have ever seen, an absolute rhythmic skull crushing machine.

Check out the speed of the double strokes with his feet, the guy has ungodly ambidexterity as well.


Therma lobsterdore 01-07-2011 03:29 PM

Re: John Longstreth
He's a legend for sure. I love the intricate cymbal and hat work on the most recent origin album, he makes his blasts sound interesting unlike a lot of metal drummers.

Frost 01-09-2011 02:44 AM

Re: John Longstreth
He is something special, in a strictly brutal sense.

I can't believe the guys control and timing, he is spot on, even at those crazy speeds.

I also love the way he alternates hands on the snare while keeping the correct tempo... man that is crazy to be able to do that playing that fast.

Arky 08-10-2011 05:41 PM

Re: John Longstreth
I also find him extremely impressive - great precision and total control at those incredible tempos. Today I learned that he doesn't do heel-toe but straight doubles. I have to get into that further, sounds interesting.

Arky 10-17-2013 09:05 PM

Re: John Longstreth
As shared by Sick Drummer Magazine via facebook:
John Longstreth is currently working on a DVD tutorial.
People can help him funding it:


There's various packages on that site depending on the donated amount (typical for bands nowadays).

MrInsanePolack 10-19-2013 03:29 AM

Re: John Longstreth
Incredibly down to earth guy too. I was fortunate enough in the past to play maybe a half dozen shows with Origin between 1998 and 2002. Just being able to talk drums with someone who is as knowledgeable as John was great, he had no ego and was more than happy to share insight and technique. Not something that can be said about everyone.

Arky, the double strokes he uses with his feet are all bounce. I haven't spent much time with learning it, I do a modified swivel, it works for me but honestly I don't need to go that fast anymore.

Here is a good video where you can see him switch between singles and doubles with his feet. It is at like 0:32 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x8BT4-uxF4 The title of the song is The Burner.

Watching John play live is a MUST for any fan of drumming. You can't help but smile and giggle like a 5 year old girl.

Arky 10-19-2013 08:12 AM

Re: John Longstreth
Thanks for the link!
Shocking precision (but he makes it look easy)... John is a machine.

Jeff Almeyda 10-20-2013 03:28 PM

Re: John Longstreth
One of the best death metal drummers I have ever seen. Absolutely insane precision at those speeds. He really does make it look easy.

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