October 7, 2010

Tom Hunting On Shawn From Megadeth

Evidently, humor was in the air when Tom Hunting, longtime drummer for S.F Kings Exodus was asked about buddy Shawn Drover, Megadeth's newest drummer.

When I asked Tom Hunting of EXODUS about his (Shawn's) drumming technique, he had this to say:

"One of the things he learned was that the faster you hit the snare with as much force as possible and the sooner you get out, the more it's gonna resonate. I tried to teach Drover that, but he, you know, he's stuck in his glam metal. [laughs]"

Would you care to comment on that?

Drover: [smiles and shakes his head] The thing about Tom is that he has tree trunks for arms. The guy hits with such insane velocity and power that it's just… What can you say? The guy's brutal. He's a huge influence on my playing. When I discovered thrash, EXODUS was right up there with all the bands like METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX. Right off the bat I was a big fan of Tom's playing. He's a completely original thrash metal drummer. His rolls and the drum fills that he does are amazing, I think. I didn't realize until we toured with them in 2004 how hard he hits the snare. The drum set he's got now is a Yamaha and he's got probably the loudest snare, I would say, in the world. I've never heard a snare that loud where it was like crushing my head. I'm sure he took great joy in hitting a little bit harder just to piss everybody off because his snare sounded so fucking awesome. Tom's a great drummer, but I do have better hair than he does, so you can tell him that from me!

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