On My Playlist: Matt Halpern

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If there’s one thing Periphery drummer Matt Halpern knows it’s tricky, high-tempo rhythms, but he’s no prog-metal snob. So we asked him to name five tunes he’s lately been digging on – drum-wise, of course.

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The Man Abe Cunningham
The Jam “Swerve City” by Deftones
Drum Moment “Every single part of this song grooves super hard, but the verses really drive it. The kick drum placements push the song forward and the snare drum really cuts through the mix. The drums on this record also sound amazing so it makes listening to Abe that much more enjoyable.”

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The Man Trifonic
The Jam “Baalbek”
Drum Moment “Although all of the instrumentation and sounds are completely electronic, the percussive complexity and linear feel makes this song and this album one of the most entertaining tracks for any drummer to hear. The layers, the textures, sounds, and the feel are unparalleled from any other electronic artist in my opinion. This track is way fun to jam to as well!”

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The Man Steve Judd
The Jam “Nachash” by Karnivool
Drum Moment “The opening groove and continuous patterns throughout this song are so creative! Steve Judd’s pocket is absolutely incredible and his ability to accent the riffs is perfect. He is by far one of the most forward-thinking drummers when it comes to groove and always takes the listener on a super fun rhythmic journey.”

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The Man Billy Rymer
The Jam “When I Lost My Bet” by The Dillinger Escape Plan
Drum Moment “If you’re familiar with The Dillinger Escape Plan then you know every song is a drum moment. However, my favorite part of this tune is the groove in the beginning. It continues throughout the song but the way he accents work against this ’three-against-four’ feel is very effective. Billy also hits extremely hard and the power behind his kick drum hits definitely comes across in the mix.”

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The Man Thomas Pridgen
The Jam “Askepios” by The Mars Volta
Drum Moment “Right at the three-minute mark the groove kicks in with a really simple yet really effective fill. Thomas Pridgen is an all-around force behind the kit with chops that personally always blow my mind, but what I like about this drum moment is the pocket. Thomas lays it down super hard and this part is way fun to play. Definitely one of my favorite parts on this whole record.”