Meinl Cymbals is pleased to welcome Grant McFarland of This or the Apocalypse to its family of cymbal artists.
Just so you know...Grant is one of the new breed of drummers. He's one to keep your eye on. A Total Monster.
Hailing from Lancaster, PA, Grant and TOTA just released their sophomore album, Haunt What's Left on Goodfight Records, produced by none other than (fellow Meinl Cymbal artist) Chris Adler of Lamb of God.
Here's what Chris had to say about TOTA and Grant recently -
"I received an advance copy of Monuments (TOTA's first album) from my friend Drew at Lifeforce and I flipped on the drummer. I called Drew and asked if this was the real deal or programming; he assured me it was real. I saw they were playing a festival LOG was on months later, very early in the day. I drug my drum tech to come watch with me and about 12 other people standing in awe with jaws dropped. I found the drummer, Grant, later that day and we discussed all things metal over a bottle of vodka in the back of my bus all night. I realized after that hang, specifically, that this was a band that could be and do anything and I was entirely addicted.”
Shortly after Chris approached the band about producing their next album. Chris explains, "I knew that if I was going to ever work with another band that it would have to be a very special circumstance. I’ve had literally thousands of bands ask, but I never felt the connection and belief I felt when I saw and hung with TOTA. I’m happy to be a part of this. I feel like this is an important moment.” Chris also brought along with him famed producer/engineer Josh Wilbur (Avenged Sevenfold/Atreyu) to work on the project. The band brought into the session enough material to record three full albums.
When asked about Grant specifically, Chris had this to say -
"Grant is incredibly multifaceted. Not only does he play an enormous role in writing all the material, he’s a monster on the drums. He has the ability to marry complex rhythms with the idea of a song that doesn’t confuse and turn off the listener. I’ve not seen many songwriters, especially drummers, do it as well as Grant. He’s an inspiring player and a genius writer."