Basic Background Info

Birth: August 28, 1972
Location: Florida
Band: Hate Eternal
Genres: Metal, Jazz, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Florida native Derek Roddy is best known as the drummer for extreme metal outfit Hate Eternal. However, Derek’s playing is quite multi-dimensional—he has performed straight-ahead jazz, blues, and rock as well. Nonetheless, Derek is a standout in the extreme metal community. He has played with Nile, Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Council of the Fallen, and Aurora Borealis.

Although Derek’s interest in music surfaced when he was a child, he never formally studied music. He taught himself to play drums and focused on extreme metal as it emerged in the 1980s. His work with Hate Eternal, evidenced on their 2005 album (I, Monarch) pushed the boundaries of modern metal extremism.

Derek’s drumming is characterized by amazing speed and proficient rhythm. Derek only uses one foot to create pounding blasts from his bass drum. His drum kit is reminiscent of a jazz drummer with only thin cymbals and drum heads.

Derek is highly sought for clinics and festivals to demonstrate the skill involved in creating huge bass blasts. In that same vein, Derek recently released an instructional book and CD entitled The Evolution of Blast Beats.

In 2006, Derek parted ways with Hate Eternal. Since then, Derek has been working with Today Is the Day, Traumedy, and Serpent’s Rise.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1992 Demo Deboning Method
1993 Cold Demo Deboning Method
1997 In Cold Blood Malevolent Creation
1997 Demo Creature
1997 Sights Unseen Gothic Outcasts
1998 Redemption Divine Empire
1998 Visionaries Of The Macbre: Vol.1 Various Artists
1998 Worldwide Metal Inquisition Various Artists
1998 Praise The Archaic Light's Embrace Aurora Borealis
1999 Demo Council Of The Fallen
2000 Black Seeds Of Vengence Nile
2000 Northern Lights Aurora Borealis
2001 Northern Lights:DieHard Release Aurora Borealis
2002 King Of All Kings Hate Eternal
2002 Revealing Damnation Council Of The Fallen
2005 I, Monarch Hate Eternal


  • Derek Roddy began playing the drums at around age five.
  • He is also a snake fanatic.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Sonor
Cymbals: Meinl
Hardware: Axis Pedals
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vater

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