Want to Hear Hannes Grossmann’s Funk Version of Obscura’s “Vortex Omnivium”?

Admit it, you get burnt out on metal from time to time.


If there’s one thing you can bet on when your favorite metal band rolls into town, it’s that the probably weren’t listening to blazing double kick beats as their road soundtrack. They’ve been rehearsing their own ear canal-destroying tunes for months, and they’re sick as hell of the trashing riffs that their tourmates have played night after night. They’re over it. They’re probably jamming on some Thin Lizzy or Tribe Called Quest, or maybe talk radio and comedy.

So here’s your metal palate cleanser: Obscura/Blotted Science/ex-Necrophagist/etc drum god Hannes Grossmann grooving to a three and a half minute jam by the name of “James Brownie.” Personally I think it sounds less like James Brown and more like a robotic Obscura invasion by way of Stevie Wonder (the track is actually based on Obscura’s “Vortex Omnivium”), but either way I’m feeling very laid back right now.

And since this video was provided by Meinl, Mr. Grossmann’s cymbal company of choice, they’ve kindly provided a breakdown of his entire cymbal rig. Bonus.

22″ Byzance Vintage Crash
13″ Byzance Extra Dry Hihats
18″ Byzance Vintage Crash
10″ Classics Custom Splash
8″ MB8 Hihats
10″ Byzance Splash / 8″Electro Stack
16″ Byzance Brilliant medium thin Crash
21″ Byzance dark ride
18″ Byzance Brilliant China
14″ Byzance Extra Dry hihats
18″ MB20 Crash

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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.