Meinl Cymbal artist and life force behind modern day metal legends Mastodon Brann Dailor, was recently recognized by SPIN Magazine in their 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.
Brann made the #40 spot and here's what the magazine had to say about him, and let it be noted that the author of this piece on Brann could not have penned a better description of him when he wrote: One of the most bravely human drummers in a genre that praises piston-like precision, Brann completely breaks the mold...
We couldn't agree more.
Raised as a self -professed "Zappa hippie," Mastodon's Brann Dailor skitters around his kit with a driving, math-y, almost reluctant accuracy. One of the busiest and most bravely human drummers in a genre that praises piston-like precision, Brann completely breaks the mold, performing like an inquisitive, tragically joyful child who's trapped inside a lucid dream. Dailor's percussive multiplications confuse, confound, and somehow organize his band's fantastic scenarios. With 2009's "Crack the Skye," Dailor immortalized his sister Skye, a victim of brutal school bullying and a debilitating health condition who committed suicide at age 14. Using his drums' relentless fortissimo impact, he creates a mythological dream world that induces healing instead of pain.
Most Booming Moment: The fluttering, mind-melting, ghost-note onslaught of 2009's kinetic-wormhole "Oblivion."