Defining Metal Moments Of The Last 20 Years
Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork)
“Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter” – 2010
Verbeuren’s awe-inspiring work on the latest Soilwork opus, The Panic Broadcast, seems to be right at the very cutting edge of physical achievement in drumming. Producers consistently rave about his groove but, let’s be frank here, nobody is putting Soilwork on at their next dance party. We’re in it for the superhuman chops and blindingly fast blastbeats, the latter being perhaps the most defining addition to the metal drumming oeuvre over the last 20 years. Disciples of Verbeuren have been blessed with an abundance of enlightening YouTube clips, one generously featuring an explanation of this song’s part by Verbeuren himself, and another with a closeup of him performing it in its entirety. The latter reveals his technique relies strictly on a French grip (thumb on top), with a heavy emphasis on finger action, particularly in the right hand with hi-hat and ride.