I love The Faceless. In fact, this is the second time I have covered one of their songs. Not only does this song have some tricky timing, the tempo is ridiculous. I haven’t played double bass this fast in a while (if ever), so I really had to keep after it. I worked up quite a sweat, so at the halfway point you’ll see me ripping off a blister that developed while playing!
For this recording, I’m using a set of CAD Touring 7 tom and overhead mics as well as an Audix D6 on the bass drum and an Audix D5 on the snare. I’m not using a trigger on the kick, so you may hear me get a bit ahead or behind the beat on some of the long double bass sections. I’m using a custom drum set made of Keller drum shells and Pearl lugs and rims. I worked with the maestros at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio to build this set. For cymbals, I’m using pair of 14″ Meinl Byzance Dark Hats on my left, a Meinl 16″ Byzance Medium Crash on my left, a Meinl 18″ Benny Greb Signature Byzance Sand Medium Crash on my right, a pair of 13″ Meinl Byzance Brillant Fast Hats on my right, a 20″ Meinl B20 Heavy Ride on my right, and an 18″ Paiste Signature Thin China on my right. I love Meinls, but I have had this Paiste china forever and I love it.
Check out my free notation for “The Spiraling Void” on my Transcriptions page: http://gattsdrums.com/transcriptions/