Meinl Cymbals welcomes the following artists to the family: Christian Coma (Black Veil Brides), Justine Ethier (Blackguard), Ryan Guanzon (New Medicine), RJ Kelly (Macy Gray), David Morrison (For Today) and Mike Mazzarese (Redline Chemistry).
Christian Coma drums for the glam rock inspired modern day sleaze/screamo group Black Veil Brides. BVB's debut album "We Stitch These Wounds" was released in July 2010 and sold nearly 20,000 copies in its first week, ranking at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and #1 on the Billboard Independent chart...a big deal to sell that many albums right out of the gate, the first week and to rank that high in the charts. Currently Christian and BVB are on the Alternative Press Magazine tour and are set to release their second album in June of 2011.
Justine Ethier drums for the French Canadian band Blackguard. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Justine and Blackguard issue a brutal form of melodic metal that combines the forms of both death metal and black metal. Justine and Blackguard have lived on the road non-stop, as they have been constantly on tour for the last two years. With their debut album for Victory Records, "Firefight" having just been released, chances are they'll be on tha road for the next two years as well.
Ryan Guanzon drums for the modern rock band New Medicine. Having formed in 2009, the band released their debut album "Race You To the Bottom" in late 2010 and have been on the road in a support slot capacity on major tours ever since.
Ronald 'RJ' Kelly is currently drumming for Macy Gray. Having moved from Kansas City, MO to Los Angeles, CA only a little over a year ago, RJ has already found himself drumming for national acts such as current American Idol winner Lee Dewyze and now Macy Gray. When asked what his secret was to getting good gigs so soon after moving to LA, without knowing anyone, RJ said he just got out there and networked. He pounded the pavement and had the goods when the right opportunity came along.
David Morrison drums for the Christian metal-core band For Today from Sioux City, IA. David and For Today are currently on tour in support of their third studio album "Breaker," and are winning over new fans everywhere.
Mike Mazzarese drums for the Kansas City, MO modern rock band Redline Chemistry. Currently Mike and RLC are on a never ending tour in support of their debut album "Dying For a Living."
Welcome one and all!