Vinnie Paul speaks to Music Radar about his groundbreaking approach to drumming


Combining groove and power, the metal legend’s way

DRUM EXPO 2014: In 1992, Pantera redefined the sound and future direction of metal with the seminal classic Vulgar Display Of Power, an album that proved it was possible to be brutally heavy without sacrificing the ability to groove. Vinnie Paul and his gifted guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell exemplified a new musical mentality in playing metal, locking the drums like glue to the guitar riff rather than to the bass line.

Still laying it down with his customary power and thunderous drums, Vinnie walks us through his groundbreaking approach from its origins in Pantera, right up to the present day with Hellyeah. Here he chooses six songs from his back catalogue, dissecting them in terms of gear, technique, feel and inspiration.
Becoming – Pantera

Technique: “That’s something I came up with when we were doing Far Beyond Driven. I was messing around with bouncing the right foot, creating a double stroke in between each 16th note. The minute my brother heard it he said, ‘Man, we’ve got to write a song around that.’ People make it more difficult than it really is – it’s just a bounce with the right foot on every other note.”
Gear/sound: “It was the Pearl drum set I had back then. They were all super big drums: 24″ x 24″ kick drums, then 14″ x 14″, 15″ x 15″ and 18″ x 18″ toms. I used this Sonor snare that I picked up a long time ago at a pawn shop. It was my most favourite sounding snare I’ve ever had. I still have it, it’s a 12-ply birch wood snare and I used Remo K Flam heads and regular pinstripes around the toms. I’ve been using Sabian from day one.”

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