Basic Background Info
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.
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