Hour of Penance Drummer James Payne Has the Fastest Feet in the Old West

Leave it to Zildjian to make you feel like an inferior human being. They just posted this in-studio video of Hour of Penance’s James Payne, bringing the… agony to the drum heads in front of him. That footwork especially is damn impressive. I’m sure that some pedalslinger out there is faster, and will one day take him down, but until that day the bodies of contenders will line the dusty ground like so much horse shit and discarded tobacco.


If you’re the type to care more about fancy stick strikes than beater bashing, here’s the rundown on all the shiny golden Zildjian cymbals atop those stands. I heard he nabbed them in a daring train heist, but no one lived to tell the tale.

13″ A Custom HiHat
17″ A Custom Crash
18″ A Custom Crash
20″ A Custom Ride
18″ Oriental China
18″ A Custom China

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.