Alex Arellano

By Andrew Lentz Originally published in the August 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine

Alex Arellano
EQUIPMENT Spaun drums, Meinl cymbals, Attack heads, Pearl pedals, Gibraltar rack, Zildjian or Vater sticks, and Audix microphones.

As the name suggests, Alex Arellano’s band, Fractured Dimension, is a perilous black hole of virtuosic musicianship – call it a prog-gasm. But it’s largely Arellano – rocking a gargantuan double bass Spaun kit that Mike Portnoy would approve of – who gives this power trio its note-y rhythmic stylings. The Squid was particularly impressed with Arellano’s central rhythmic conceit of bass drum/tom—derived sextuplets, or consecutive triplets if you like, that function as kind of a quasi-fill-fueled beat. Also noteworthy are the two hi-hats he works in counterpoint with each other, or to his main beat – and good luck pinning down what that is. New album Toward The Mysterium sees Arellano rolling up and down the kit almost like a keyboard player, punctuating his statements with an array of palate-cleansing splashes, never once veering from the click. Hey Alex, can we shake your hand?