SENTINELS Drummer DAVE RUCKI Spins Round And Round In This Exclusive Playthrough Of “Vicious Cycle”


New Jersey-based progressive metal band Sentinels have just come out with their newest full-length album Unsound Recollections this past February (out now via Stay Sick Recordings.). In this latest playthrough, drummer Dave Rucki shows you how he does it on their song “Vicious Cycle”, only right here, on Gear Gods!

In the video, Dave lays down some insanely tight modern metal rhythms while still capturing the nuances that the progressive genre tends to sport. The tune is pretty damn relentless and complex, with minimal breaks between everchanging drum parts, but Dave manages to glue everything together with his fantastic execution of the drum parts. And to make things look and sound amazing on top of the playing, the video was filmed and edited by Joe Flannery to give everything that pristine feel.

Be sure to listen to and get your hands on Unsound Recollections here!

As far as the drums used in this playthrough, here’s the rundown on Dave’s setup:


  • Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga Hyperdrive Kit
  • 22×18 kick
  • 10×6.5, 12×7, & 16×14 toms
  • 14×7 Tama John Tempesta Signature Snare

CYMBALS (from L to R / All Sabian)

  • 14” HHX Click Hats
  • 9” HH Radia Cup Chime
  • 19” HHX Legacy Crash
  • 8” AAX Splash
  • 21” HH Raw Bell Dry Ride
  • 20” HHX Legacy Ride (as crash)
  • 7” HH Radia Cup Chime
  • 16” HHX Evolution Ozone (stacked on top of)
  • 17” AA Holy China (natural finish)
  • 19” AAX X-Treme China


  • Pearl Demon Drive Double Pedal w/
  • Vic Kick Wood Beaters


  • Kick – Evans EMAD2 Clear & Evans EQ3 Reso
  • Toms – Evans EC2 SST Clear & Evans EC Reso
  • Snare – Evans ST Dry & Evans Hazy 300


  • Pro-Mark Hickory 419
  • Footblaster Kick Triggers & Snareweight

The band is also gearing up for their Spring tour with Signs of the Swarm, Depths of Hatred, and Brand of Sacrifice. Dates and deets below:

4/19 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
4/20 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
4/22 Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
4/23 Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
4/24 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
4/25 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
4/26 Brandon, FL @The Noise Box
4/27 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern
4/28 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *So What Music Festival*
4/30 Big Spring, TX @ Desert Flower
5/1 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
5/2 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Sports Cafe
5/3 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
5/4 Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers Rock Bar
5/6 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/7 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock Music Venue
5/8 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
5/9 Joilet, IL @ The Forge
5/10 Hamtramck, MI @ Sanctuary Detroit
5/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose

(Tickets available here)

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