Soilwork Drummer Introduces 'Dirk Blasts'

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Dirk Blasts, the new series of online instructional videos from Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren, offers drum students "all the best tools and tricks to build your drumming skills and further your career as a musician."

“Throughout my tours and drum clinics, I frequently get asked about playing faster, building stamina, creating dynamic grooves and making a living as a musician,” Verbeuren says. “So I decided to put together these ’Dirk Blasts’ for all my fellow drum maniacs out there. If you’re looking to improve your technique and independence, pick up some cool chops along the way, and gain useful insight about being a professional drummer, these two monthly lessons are for you. It’s such an exciting adventure and I’m really pumped to kick it off this July!”

The Premium Lessons bundle gives students unlimited access to Dirk’s instructional & informational lessons, where two new exclusive videos will be available for download each month. All lessons are filmed using three different cameras, features a clear audio mix, and includes a detailed PDF sheet for students to use during their practice sessions. Subscribers will also have the opportunity to ask Dirk questions and suggest future lesson topics.

Students who pre-order the Premium Lessons bundle now will receive a limited time 25% discount at this location:

New accounts are activated immediately and grant unlimited access to the Premium Lessons for one year (twelve months - for a total of 24 videos). The first year of lessons begins in July 2014.

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Mike Byrne Leaves The Smashing Pumpkins

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Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne has left the band. Byrne had originally joined the group in 2009, when he replaced band member Jimmy Chamberlin.

Billy Corgan simply said about the event: "Let's just say that Mike, like Elvis, has left the building."

It was recently revealed that Motley Crue star Tommy Lee will play drums on nine new songs on the band's upcoming album, Monuments To An Elegy.

System Of A Down Drummer's Kickstarter

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System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan launched a Kickstarter campaign today for These Grey Men, a project that will produce a star-studded covers album and tour. The album will include new renditions of songs by artists such as Radiohead, Outkast, David Bowie and many more, recorded by a band of all-star players (lineup to be announced) led by Dolmayan and his collaborator James Hazley, formerly of the band Cockeyed Ghost.

"I'm a huge music fan and have an iPod with over 10,000 or so songs on it that I listen to religiously," Dolmayan says. "I often rearrange melodies in my head or think about how much fun it would've been to play on some of my favorite songs. That ultimately led to the idea of a covers album. As for what it’s going to sound like, it'll definitely have a rock feel, but not limited by any genre restrictions. Listeners are going to hear a plethora of sounds and styles.”

The project sees Dolmayan offering various investor incentives, ranging from personal drum lessons and an opportunity to attend a recording session to a private backyard concert and a chance to guest-produce one of the album's tracks.There will also be a chance to watch the creative process in the studio via Skype, to own instruments used during the recording, and to receive credit in the album's liner notes.

Ulrich Accepts Ferrell & Smith Challenge

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Lars Ulrich has accepted Ferrell and Smith's drum-off challenge.

"It was a little lonely on the sidelines during the first drum-off," Ulrich said, "given the somewhat forced nature of the lookalike element between Chad Smith and Will Ferrell, when I’m TRULY the one carrying that dead-ringer gene around. As for any further drum-offs, I’m sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That’s a whole different story. He rules the 'bad-ass drummer universe.' I mean, you’re talking about a guy who’s so next level, actually, so beyond next level, that he may just be completely unreachable! That said, I’m definitely up for the challenge… Bring it on!!!"

Last month, Chad Smith and Will Ferrell faced off in one of the most epic drum battles of all time. The dopplegangers then joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Ferrell on cowbell, of course) in a rendition of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It was a sight to be seen, to say the least.

Now the duo is challenging Metallica's Lars Ulrich to a second drum-off.

"Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith," Ferrell says. "He can settle that score now, too."

No word on when or if this next battle will take place, but Smith has declared, "the gauntlet is down."

Those are some fightin' words.

Zakir Hussain: The Path Of Rhythm

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Zakir Hussain presents The Path of Rhythm with Steve Smith, Antonia Minnecola, and special guests, July 14-18, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. This intimate event will be an immersive experience in music and rhythm for four nights and three days. For more details and to register, you can visit