George Hooks, the Sickest Drummer in the Jewish Orchestral Chasuna Metal Scene

Unexpected metal is bad in the bloodstream or microwave, but exactly what you need to kick up the excitement at your favorite Jewish wedding festivity. Not they they don’t already know how to party. Check out 2:45 or so. I’m kind of in awe of how good of a time everyone can have even when guests of each gender are apparently separated by some sort of opaque curtain.


But it’s a wedding, so you can’t fire up your party mood in half measures. You need the jaw-droppingly incredible drumming of the Shloime Dachs Orchestra’s George Hooks to turn Mazel Tov into Amaze-l Tov. Everything about his performance here spins my dreidel: the combination of perfect jazzy chops with metal fury, the limb separation and sick linears, the double kick at a fucking wedding. I don’t have a lot of regrets in my life, but the “no double kick at my wedding” thing will haunt me into Olam Ha-Ba.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and 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.