Of all the big drum companies at NAMM, I was most excited to check out some of the new stuff from Mapex and Sonor. Which included signature drums from a number of big-time metal drummers, including Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Chris Adler of Lamb of God, and Matt Halpern of Periphery.
Matt’s signature snare drum, the Wraith, debuted last year, but I hadn’t gotten to see and hear one in person yet. It’s a cool piece of drum design, including some pretty unique vent holes that are meant to dry out the sound of the drum, allowing more room for subtlety in playing. So we got a rundown of the specs and design ideas for ya: