ULCERATE – Jamie Saint Merat – “Shrines of Paralysis” for Sick Drummer Magazine

For me, something which makes death metal so awesome is the way that the drums are played with such brutality. When someone smashes through some fast and hard blast beats it awakens something in me a sheer desire to put my face through a wall. Add to that some blisteringly fast double bass pedal and I’m ready to kill someone. I’m sure it’s the same for many of you. That’s why you should check out Jamie Saint Merat’s video for Sick Drummer Magazine as he displays a great mix of technical death metal drumming.


In order to be a good band you need to have a good drummer. In order to be a death metal band you NEED to have a GREAT drummer. Ulcerate definitely have the latter. Check the video below of Jamie tracking drums for the band’s recently released Shrine of Paralysis in which he destroys the drum kit from all angles at break neck speed. His double kicks are next level and so are his blasts, they’re played with fury all the while being extremely tight.

For anybody who has ever tracked drums themselves you’ll know it is a gruelling process. Often repeating parts time after time resulting in fatigue and parts sounding weak. Jamie keeps up his stamina without issue here and it’s impressive, especially considering the speed and technicality that the band’s songs demand.

His set-up consists of-

Drums – Pearl Masters BCX

14×5.5″ snare

2x 22×18″ bass drums

10×8″, 12×9″ rack toms

14×14″, 16×16″ floor toms

All Pearl hardware

Cymbals – Meinl

20″ Byzance Brilliant China

18″ MB8 China 

08″ Byzance Brilliant Splash

10″ Soundcaster Fusion Splash

16″ Byzance Brilliant Medium Thin Crash

19″ Classics Custom Dark Crash

14″ Classics Custom Dark Hihats

12″ Byzance Traditional Mini-Hats

20″ Byzance Jazz Sweet Ride

22″ MB20 Heavy Bell Ride

08″ Classics High Bell

08″ Classics Low Bell

Axis pedals, Evans heads, Vater sticks, Shure Mics.

Jamie is also currently on tour with Ulcerate in the US, go catch them at a date-

Nov 03 San Francisco CA Elbo Room
Nov 04 Portland, OR Panic Room
Nov 05 Seattle, WA Highline
Nov 06 Vancouver, BC Astoria
Nov 08 Oakland, CA The Golden Bull
Nov 09 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Nov 10 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room
Nov 11 El Paso, TX Mesa Music Hall
Nov 12 San Antonio, TX Limelight
Nov 13 Houston, TX Acadia Bar
Nov 14 Dallas, TX Reno’s Chop Shop
Nov 15 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Nov 16 Gainesville, FL Atlantic
Nov 17 Tampa, FL The Brass Mug
Nov 18 Atlanta, GA 529
Nov 19 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Nov 20 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
Nov 21 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
Nov 22 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
Nov 23 Boston, MA Great Scott
Nov 24 Montreal, QC Piranha Bar
Nov 25 Toronto, ON Coalition
Nov 26 Detroit, MI Corktown Tavern
Nov 27 Chicago, IL Reggies
Nov 28 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
Nov 29 NYC, NY Saint Vitus

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Heavy Metal fan, hailing from Harrogate, UK

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