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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 16:42 PM

New Blood

Anthony Salajko
Bill Stevenson
John Merryman

Many of us at Meinl have "official" titles and designations regarding our positions within the company, but the fact of the matter is, we all wear a lot of hats. Even though I am the "Artist Relations Manager, USA and Canada," I work on other things for the company in addition to my obvious duties given the title on my business card.

There is one duty I have that I really love, and that is building and creating our ever-evolving team of US and Canadian cymbal artists into an unstoppable force. That being said, as we move along I'll keep you all up-to-date on our most recent additions to the team so that you can check out some great drummers and their respective current musical situations.

The most recent artists to have made the smartest move of this life and the next by joining forces with Meinl Cymbals are John Merryman, Anthony Salajko and Bill Stevenson.

John Merryman is a Denver, Colorado-based drummer and plays for the 'hydro-grind'-core band Cephalic Carnage. John is one of the most technically accomplished extreme metal drummers on the scene today. When he sent me a copy of CC's latest release, Xenosapien, I was fairly blown away by his insane ability to blend jazz-like chops with extreme metal drumming. Also, every time I name-check John to one of the heavier-metal guys on Meinl's artist roster, I always get some serious words of approval. John is definitely respected by his peers.

Anthony Salajko is a Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based drummer who plays for The End. I was initially turned onto Anthony by Chris Adler from Lamb of God. Chris was raving about these guys and insisted that I download a copy of their latest release Elementary while we were in Germany last September for the most recent Meinl Drum Festival. I did as Mr. Adler ordered and was not disappointed by any means. Anthony is one of those drummers that is so spot on with killer accents, killer grooves and total tastefulness, that the good tunes he is serving only sound better because of him. Plus there's something in these guys' blend of ambient metal that reminds me of the to-die-for early 90's band Quicksand (an awesome band).

Bill Stevenson is a Fort Collins, Colorado based drummer who is about as legendary as they come. If the names Black Flag, The Descendents and ALL mean nothing to you, I recommend that you go back to Rock and Roll 101 and take that class over again, because you missed three of the most important original "Indie" bands of all time. Bill cut his teeth by being an integral part of all three of these bands from the 80's and 90's, bands who without them, other bands like Blink 182 and Nirvana probably would never have existed. All of the power-pop hyper-speed punk drumming you hear today on the radio and on the VANS Warped Tour in the US...that pretty much came from Bill exclusively. Currently Bill is involved in ten million projects. He owns and produces records at the Fort Collins-based recording studio, The Blasting Room. He tours with Only Crime, a collection of punk legends, and he gets together with the Descendents on an "every seven years, whether we need it or not" plan, where they go out and remind everyone who really rules.

So check out these artists' pages at and then check out their music.




Chris Brewer

Chris Brewer

Artist Relations Manager for Meinl USA