In Speed Metal, Fastest Drummers Take a Beating - WSJ.com
In Speed Metal, Fastest Drummers Take A Beating
A lot of that is bands (typically djent) writing drum parts that aren't actually playable by human beings.Mark Mynett, a British music producer and lecturer at the University of Huddersfield's Department of Engineering and Technology near Manchester, England, says he once "produced a whole album where the drummer didn't play a single bass-drum track on a single song." He likens it to "magazines airbrushing models."
When new technologies arrived, metal drumming standards entered the realm of the physically impossible. Today, many bands write songs using computers without even rehearsing them. When an English band recently came to Mr. Mynett's studio, "none of the musicians could play the parts they'd written," he said. The band's bass-drum tracks—the foundation of metal songs—had to be digitally constructed.