No. 253, July 2017
Versatile drummer and composer Virgil Donati gives us the lowdown on new music from progressive rock-metal band IceFish, which he formed with a stellar lineup of Italian musicians: Marco Sfogli (guitar), Alex Argento (keyboards), and Andrea Casali (bass/vocals). Read about Donati’s drumming influences and leading-edge techniques, and how he collaborated remotely with his bandmates overseas to produce the band’s searing debut album. Explore the wide world of new bronze that is available to you through our annual Cymbal Gear Guide. Enhance your abilities to hear and interpret recorded drum parts with a tutorial and overview of transcribing drum parts written by an experienced groove analyst. Delve into the genius of Tony Williams with transcriptions and analyses of several of his most inventive moments on record. Prepare for your next audition and learn how to avoid common legal pitfalls that can lead to being sued by drawing upon expert tips and advice in this issue. Plus, we review Gretsch’s two new Vinnie Colaiuta Signature snare drums.