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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 12:18 PM

Underoath - Part I

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Aaron Gillespie


Aaron Gillespie


The Almost

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90 responses to "Underoath - Part I"

ben sunderland posted on Jan 07, 2008 - 21:36 PM

omg! you are my favorite drummer for lif. and i think i love .

Viktor posted on Jan 07, 2008 - 23:47 PM

He is untalented and a buffoon.I take better s**t in morning!Oh my god!!I think he (she?) buy a new one cymball every week because he break of these one...and the musik is also crap!

nashville posted on Jan 08, 2008 - 1:32 AM

dude, you can disagree with us in saying that he's a good drummer, but at least do it in a respectful way, anyway, i don't see thousands of kids going to see your shows... He's a great drummer, but he's under-credited.

Cesar posted on Jan 08, 2008 - 2:04 AM

Viktor dont hate on aaron gillepsie, your just jealous of hes great talent. Aaron Gillepsie Rocks!

batman posted on Jan 08, 2008 - 15:59 PM


Bob Taylorville posted on Jan 08, 2008 - 18:08 PM

Aaron is one of the most energentic drummers i have seen and lets face it people he sings while he drums that in itself is amazing i wish he could teach me how haha and he brings the message he doesn't hide JESUS

horst the horse posted on Jan 08, 2008 - 21:58 PM


I don´t think, that he has to buy new cymbals every weak, becouse there are no crashes in his setup....he is crashing only ride cymbals

Viktor posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 1:36 AM

OK!Im saying it respectful.I think he is not a great drummer as i see in that video.Everyone can hit the cymballs like this,like a mad pearson.Thats my opinion.

Viktor posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 1:46 AM

Cesar i know im better in druming than Aaron!
I dont hate him.Im just say in this video he is not intreduce himself as a very talented drummer.
(like in the other videos..)

For examle see Chris Adler videos.He is talented.Aaron Gillespie is not.
Thats all.(folks)

Viktor posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 1:47 AM

exuse me , EXAMPLE!

Superman posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 1:49 AM

To this Viktor kid. If you could only be half the drummer/song writter he is. He sends the greatest message thorugh his music. Even if its not rap/pop or such genres of music. Hes an amazing man. He has a place and he knows where hes going. There is nothing better then going to and underoath/the almost show. Amazing man. Truly amazing

alexia posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 3:21 AM

if you guys want a womens opinion, im a drummer and i scream and kill my symbols its the hardest thing to do. to viktor its your opinion but you dont have to be so rude about it. how many people are watching your videos right now because i know i'm not! frikin self rightous prick. for example: i think meg white has no talent what so ever. BUT that may be becuase the sound of white stripes is perfect and they dont need any more sound. i dont sit here bashing her! you went on and on about how you think he's not a good drummer. thes not cool man. anyway....! jesus rocks!
Peace and Love to EVERYONE!

Ryan posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 8:39 AM

Well, I think that the argument over his talent is pretty much a moot point.

While his performance on Define the Great Line was more interesting than on They're Only Chasing Saftey, neither are his best. I think the Changing of Times is where you should go if you want to make or break your opinion of him.

Secondly, Chris Adler and Aaron Gillespie play totally differently. Any interview with Adler will reveal that he relishes 100% faith to the albums in his live performances whereas Gillespie is much more partial to improv fills throughout. (although admittedly , he uses improv less now than in Underoath's early career)

Sure, your entitled to your opinion, but I think that comparing Adler to Gillespie is like comparing Tito Puentes to Buddy Rich...pointless.

Peter posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 10:25 AM

Yeah he's energetic and it suits the music well. Not the most technical guy around and definitely not the best drummer on the planet. But he's good at what he does and he looks good behind the drums. So a very successful drummer. That's all that can be said.

Viktor posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 15:05 PM

OK.I dont care what you say.Seriously.I said what i,m thinking.

eiurhhrftilausbfgaiursgfh posted on Jan 09, 2008 - 23:54 PM

dude this is like stuff that he can do in his sleep. u obviously havnt seen him when he going all out

tom posted on Jan 10, 2008 - 0:33 AM

come on, this is not jazz - he's a metal drummer and i think a really good one.

get a real name :-)

dylan posted on Jan 10, 2008 - 19:24 PM

then post a video of yourself doing it.

just like him.

i mean, if anyone can do it, right?

dylan posted on Jan 10, 2008 - 19:27 PM

there's obviously a huge difference between him and chris adler, just because you like one more than the other doesn't mean that one is credible and the other is crap. it just means YOU don't like them.

it takes a lot to be able to play with technical wizardry, yeah. but it also takes a lot to put on such a physical performance. a drummers job is to support the BAND'S music perfectly, not fit your personal tastes. and aaron gillespie does just that.

josef posted on Jan 11, 2008 - 0:59 AM

Don't compare Drummers! The question is if the drumming suits the music and if it contains technique and power (in metal music)! In my opinion he really has got power, but there are many more drummers with better Technique. I'm not impressed very much by this video! He's not a bad drummer, but the best drummer?? Never ...

Sorry if my english is bad ...

@eiurhhrftilausbfgaiursgfh posted on Jan 12, 2008 - 5:25 AM

okay :)

dbsnow posted on Jan 13, 2008 - 5:30 AM

OK victor you cant compare chris adler to aaron gillespie...Thats 2 different genres, and 2 different sets.Sure chris adler is a good drummer but so is aaron gillespie...give aaron chris' set and he could do all the same things chris does.Plus aaron doesnt just bang cymbals it has rythm to it...I bet a 4 year old has more rythm than you victor!

dylan posted on Jan 13, 2008 - 21:06 PM

yeah, comparing is dumb. but people on the internet will never stop doing it.

i don't think aaron gillespie is the best drummer ever. he's just MY favorite.

dbsnow posted on Jan 14, 2008 - 0:20 AM

i agree with you.
Aaron is my favorite drummer also haha.
do you know what heads he uses for his toms?
i know they're remo and they're coated but nothing more :(

chip posted on Jan 14, 2008 - 15:40 PM

victors gay

chip posted on Jan 14, 2008 - 15:41 PM

yeah mf

CBGB posted on Jan 14, 2008 - 21:29 PM

Look at him just wail on that rim at the start

HUFM posted on Jan 17, 2008 - 11:58 AM


yeah coated remo heads

Blake posted on Jan 18, 2008 - 0:25 AM

ya gillespie is amazing thats all i can say

my fav drummer easily

brandon posted on Jan 19, 2008 - 4:43 AM


you know aaron is an amazing drummer
maybe one of the best \
so shut up and lets see you drum as good as him

nashville posted on Jan 19, 2008 - 8:52 AM

his drumming on 'define the great line' is probably his best so far, way better than the changing of times, because that was too metal for me, but thats just a personal opinion...

shnargledorf posted on Jan 20, 2008 - 5:21 AM

i personally think that chris adler is a little overrated, but thats just the way i see it

NiCK posted on Jan 21, 2008 - 22:56 PM

i think this victor guy should watch the live show on the 777 dvd and listen to not only his talent on define the great line especially moving for the sake of motion,but every other cd he has recorded on. where are your sponsors at victor?i dont see your shows selling out every night!

John posted on Jan 22, 2008 - 21:16 PM

The biggest thing that amazes me about him is the fact that he does a lot of the singing.

wesley posted on Jan 23, 2008 - 18:37 PM

cool style!!

dillon posted on Jan 25, 2008 - 6:33 AM

hey victor you are a bi*ch. thats it

Atticus Graves posted on Jan 27, 2008 - 19:42 PM

victor -

who are you to say he isnt talented? and if you hate him so much why are you watching his videos? oh, and just because he is a confident player doesnt mean he thinks so highly of himself as you seem to think about him. and what exactly are you comparing his talent or no talent to? and im pretty Mr. Aaron Gillespie can care less about what you think, especially since you don't give any good reason as to why you think he's so incredibly untalented. everyone knows he's not the best drummer in the world and he doesnt even think that himself, he is just favorited by people that like his style and all that.

matt posted on Jan 28, 2008 - 18:16 PM

to everyone bashing or defending drummers. why dont you post your own videos and also hes gettig paid more so it doesnt matter. a last note to victor just because he doesnt do anything really complicated doesnt mean he isnt talented it means he has discipline which you have shown that you dont.

Nicolette posted on Jan 28, 2008 - 18:42 PM

WOO cha man saw him at warped tour last year, and I must say in my own opinion they are AWSOME live! God i will be so damn disappointed if their not going again this year!!

Aaron owns end of story! <3

Tyler posted on Jan 29, 2008 - 22:55 PM

Aaron is SOOO rad!
I've been playing drums for a few years now, and I find my style to be alot like his.
And it's not just because he's my favorite drummer because I played drums before I even knew about UnderØATH.
But ever since I've known about them, they've been my favorite band!
I love Aaron, and what he does and that goes for the rest of the band too!

Mike posted on Jan 30, 2008 - 22:05 PM

Viktor, I like Aaron Gillespie, but I like Chris Adler just as much, but that gives you no reason to go on one of Aarons videos and pretty much throw his talents down the drain, who cares, he hits the cymbals hard? He is awesome, and if you dont like it, dont comment and piss people off.

Graeme posted on Feb 05, 2008 - 16:22 PM

Hey Viktor

Just to let you know Aaron's first CD came out when he was 14 lets see you do somthing that amazing.

Carson posted on Feb 05, 2008 - 22:50 PM

Aaron is a great drummer and has fun with it. I think he is a great person because he loves Christ.

chai posted on Feb 13, 2008 - 12:19 PM

in all the years that this scremo sub catagory has existed (which is possibly an even gayer form of emo) i think this gay guy takes the biggest slice of the `cake` as it were
sure druming aint all bout speed or technique but it is all about choosing the most intresting and best fitting beats that you can think of.
Considering thats the best he could come up with
he really aint that good

Chris Madge posted on Feb 15, 2008 - 4:03 AM

If you dont respect aaron gillepsie then your not worth respecting

rafa posted on Feb 16, 2008 - 17:42 PM

my favorite drummer
The best!!

=D....Jesus Love underoath !!

alex posted on Feb 18, 2008 - 5:13 AM

Aaron is awesome to Viktor shut the hell up,Aaron's AWESOME!!!!!,and just because he has a good time like real drummers should,dosen't mean he's a bufoon,so lets see you drum.

Tyler posted on Feb 19, 2008 - 22:17 PM

I can't believe that people come on here disrespecting him.
He's a really great drummer.
I commented once before, and now I go back and look at these comments and I wonder, "Why watch him if you don't like him?"
Even if it's your first time watching him, at least respect him for what he does if you don't like him.
And if he sucks so bad, why is he sponsored by Meinl and not you?
Yeah, that's what I thought, shut up.

Roger posted on Feb 21, 2008 - 15:25 PM

He just seems a little over the top. I don't want to say he's a bad drummer because I have played like him, I lasted an hour tops whereas he can do three hour sets feeling a little drained afterward.

I'm just not a big fan of the "Rides that are 1" below our crashes" club. I would really like to see him play something else apart from ...well bashing away. He's not just bashing away I know that, but it seems like he is. I'd just really like to see him play something different like bebop.

Rock4Satan posted on Feb 22, 2008 - 22:36 PM

This is kid is good in his own way. He is a good showman. Nothing crazy in his playing just hard hitting and playing with all he has in him. It is very difficult to play with that intensity night after night. In my opinion I like watching players that play hard and put on a good show as opposed to super technical players that should stay in the studio. I give him some credit for that. But every drummer is different and has their own style. That is why we love to play and watch drummers. Just cause the bands music sucks ( which I think it does) doesn't mean he doesn't deserve some respect.

Nashville posted on Feb 23, 2008 - 10:33 AM

Hey, i thought this was a drumming site, not a lets all bash the guy that speaks his mind site, cause i know that there's too many of them... If he had gone into a more mainstream type of music genre, i think that he would be extremely popular, seeing how popular he is in a not so popular genre. I like this genre, but then again, i love Benny Greb, and Virgil Donati and many more styles and drummers. Aaron Gillespie does what he does very well, he doesn't stick to the basic hardcore stuff, neither does underoath, and thats one of the reasons that people don't like him, because he is doing more technical stuff the bashing usually done song sfter song in this genre.

Lewis posted on Feb 23, 2008 - 17:27 PM

His meinl profile shows a 21" and a 22" byzance crash, and a 24" Trad Med ride.

whaperk posted on Feb 24, 2008 - 22:57 PM

aaron is awsome dudes!!!
chris adler has to blast on a double bass to sound good. aaron doesnt need to.

Anthony posted on Feb 26, 2008 - 21:17 PM

I disagree with viktor just as much as every1 else here because i think aaron is an amazing drummer and hes my hero BUT i also have to agree with nashville this isnt a quote "lets all bash the guy that speaks his mind site" u can comment him back but dont get into a fight on a website and viktor look at nashville 3 and look at the first 20 seconds if u wana see skill.

Jordan posted on Feb 27, 2008 - 16:08 PM

I've changed my whole style of drumming because of Aaron's technical beats. He plays some of the most offbeat tech shit ever.

Jerry posted on Mar 02, 2008 - 17:23 PM

One of the best live performing drummers i have ever seen.

Mika posted on Mar 15, 2008 - 5:30 AM

Wow, this is cleary a "KID" not a man he does not know how to play music he is playing nothing but scene Garbage that will fail him in the long run,
So in closing Chris Adler,Jason bittner Thomas Lang .Aaron Gillespie=Nothing.

tylerj posted on Mar 19, 2008 - 3:28 AM

wow, guys come on we all know that arron is great, this "vctor" is a mental patient. i mean dose this "victor" have two records that have sold over 400,000? guys no need to hate. this dude just dosnt know what is the hell hes talking about. but its cool, we out number this fool.

dilan posted on Mar 20, 2008 - 17:20 PM

jeez man chill, i respect your opinion but heres mine... aaron is an incredible drummer, just because he headbangs instead of playing blastbeats doesnt mean hes not as good as chris adler. its just a diffrent style. underoath would be half as energetic without him. and why waste ur time bashin on a drummer that is bigger than you will most likely ever be so why dont you go play the f***ing drums cuz you probly need the practice.

bryan3 posted on Mar 28, 2008 - 12:26 PM


craig posted on Apr 02, 2008 - 19:32 PM

Your an idiot. Why judge on your level.

Casey Jones posted on Apr 10, 2008 - 17:14 PM

Aaron Gillespie is a huge inspiration for drumming to so many people. He is a talented all around musician, he not only is playing drums and singing but with his new project he literally writes all the music. He beats the hell out of his set because he gets into it, it shows hes enjoying what hes doing as opposed to them drummers that look bored behind their set. I literally love every song Underoath has written not only cuz of all the music but because of the drums Aaron has written to it.

huh head??? posted on Apr 12, 2008 - 19:21 PM

hey its so funny how people in here don't respect other peoples opinions haha

allen. posted on Apr 14, 2008 - 6:40 AM

i really dont understand why people who think he is not a talented player took the time to comment this video...meinl doesnt just endorse anyone

this guy is great heavy hitting player and he makes music that appeals to a huge group of people not to mention the postive message his band sends out. have some respect for the guy. keep negative opnions to yourself.

Johanna posted on Apr 14, 2008 - 7:56 AM

I dont know if he is the best drummer ever, but hes great and Underoath is awesome

drumminforchrist posted on Apr 22, 2008 - 2:47 AM

dont u think his hands wuld get tired???

zack n posted on Apr 22, 2008 - 4:54 AM

I don't trust what you say cause you cant even spell correctly.

Josh posted on Apr 30, 2008 - 3:59 AM

I think, emphasis on the "I THINK" that Aaron is Awesome, so let's stop with all the disrespect, if someone thinks He's crap, then they are blind, but we can't say he's the best in the world either.
it's all about "Opinion"
He is my favourite though =)

And to clear it up, He used to use 21", 22" and 24" rides, not because he likes rides, he likes big cymbals. So then Meinl introduced the 21" and 22" crashes, so now he uses them with the 24" ride. Peace =)

He sucks posted on May 11, 2008 - 13:11 PM

He sucks

danny posted on May 13, 2008 - 9:12 AM

the sizes and types of cymbals he uses are listed in his artist profile on this website.

Anthony posted on May 14, 2008 - 0:38 AM

no he really doesnt, and thats very mature of you, come on here to say he sucks wow ur cool

Adam posted on May 24, 2008 - 9:25 AM

i love underoath but i would like to see what aaron
can do in other genres. to me it seams like he has a
jazz influence with how he divides the beats up and when he throws in accents. u know what i mean
by the way music is nothing with out feeling and and i
can feel the passion for his love of music and religion
hitting me in the nose!!!!!

tom posted on Jun 03, 2008 - 13:54 PM

i like this drummer!

amy posted on Jun 10, 2008 - 16:39 PM

fucking sorry but who gives two shits if he's not the best drummer <i>in the world</i>, look at the fucking passion he has for doing what he does.

there are so many drummers out there, that it's hard to put them all into categories because of different styles! different doesn't mean bad, jesus.

Josh posted on Jun 14, 2008 - 2:25 AM

I totally agree with dylan, i would like to see a video of you playing like gillespie... since you think so high of yourself

Joshua Santos (*) posted on Jun 25, 2008 - 22:02 PM

I so freaking love 1:31
its awesome !!! (*)

moe posted on Jan 30, 2009 - 6:25 AM

zachs a freakin idiot. aaron won best drummer of the the year by AP magazine. so zach, your stupid.. go try out for american idol or something and fail so simon can say to you what your saying to aaron.

Brad posted on Feb 07, 2010 - 18:52 PM

I'd like to see viktor play drums like that not to mention sing at the same time! I think aaron's a pretty talented guy!

tj posted on Feb 12, 2010 - 7:13 AM

talked to him when he came to miami florida. he uses a mix of crashes AND rides!! he had a 21" crash a 22" RIDE and he's 24" ride!!

Conor Burridge posted on Mar 04, 2010 - 0:17 AM

I like Aaron, but I don't like Aaron's fans, a lot of them are pretty irrational. On Dan Williams' Meinl videos for example, it's just plastered in comments of how much better Aaron is, like it even matters. I prefer Dan's style, he influenced me more than any other drummer. But I'm not gonna go around telling everyone how much better he is than their favourite drummers. I know not all of Aaron's fans are like that, but they seem pretty prevalent on Youtube and the like! But I digress, Aaron is a very good drummer :)

Happydale posted on May 16, 2010 - 4:37 AM

This guys lame. He plays like he just started!

Dave posted on Jul 10, 2010 - 23:45 PM

U think he's lame?

i'm not a fan or anything so i'm not exactly backing the guy up but he is a good drummer none the less

although i'd like to see all the people who have commented that he is crap or s*** play like he does, thrashing cymbals to near breaking point, breaking skins all over the show, but do it for the same amount of time, he once went solid like that for two and a half hours, lets see u do that!!!!

Teresa S. Joiner posted on Jul 21, 2010 - 1:29 AM

I just love him and he is so freak'n awesome! if i could meet or even like just hang out with him for a day i would like totally be forever happy. I'm a multi-talented person. Ya know? Art, music, writing (song and other), dance, ect. I love anything to do with expression and Aaron expresses everything so well and so beautifully! I love both 'The Almost' and 'Underoath'. I wish i could say more but i can't think of anything else to say. I just LOVE his music and band.

rgcooper94 posted on Feb 21, 2011 - 2:17 AM

me i think is a great drummer i mean i started playing drums when i was 12 or 13 and i was a heavy hitter i busted to cymbal the first one was HCS AA Meinl China cymbal and then i busted my HCS AA Meinl Crash cymbal and i also go to a christian school but the point is that he is a good drummer he plays hard but a lot of us cant control our strength. And plus that is the type we wants to play let him we all listen differently like my mom wants me to play jazz and some pop but hey i am a hard hitter on my drum

Jake posted on Mar 24, 2011 - 20:50 PM

Blake Richardson is better than him.

Reason posted on Sep 13, 2011 - 13:31 PM

@Viktor and everyone else who thinks he's not a good drummer, If he's so terrible, why is that it's him we're watching, not you. Owned.

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