Perverse as it is, there’s no denying the sense of accomplishment that comes from splitting the head of your snare drum with the force of your attack. Counterproductive; expensive; indicative of poor technique — all these things remain true. But still. You know you put the snare head at the mercy of the Obama Death Panel.

And so here’s a video of Dave Witte, one of the greatest metal/grind/hardcore drummers there has ever been and ever will be. I was in high school when I first saw Dave perform with Black Army Jacket in an NYU student center. Another drummer, Derek from Automaton, was there, and I saw him soundlessly mouth Dave Witte’s name in awestruck reverence. Enjoy.

The rest of my day will be spent cooking and writing.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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