Produced independently by Kollias, and appearing on the Hudson Ltd. label, this brand-new two-disc set comes four years after George’s first instructional DVD release. Since then, Kollias has become known as an international authority on extreme metal drumming, and this DVD is a must-have for anyone interested in this topic.
Providing multiple workouts and specific concepts, “Intense Metal Drumming II” is a highly educational product that goes beyond licks and gives you a meaningful program that can help you in pushing your abilities to the next level. Topics covered include blast-beat concepts and workouts, extreme fill-ins, developing speed around the kit, and odd time concepts. George also covers reading concepts, practicing systems, general tips, and warm-ups, which take this DVD beyond just metal and make it useful and helpful for drummers of all styles. Another highlight of the DVD is a complete section on double bass speed, control, balance, and expanded vocabulary. Bonus features include a PDF containing all the exercises on the DVD, a documentary from George’s 2010-2011 clinic tour, backstage footage, an equipment tour, and extensive interview with George.
“George Kollias does away with any preconceptions that metal drummers like the musical sophistication and education ability of other types of players,” said Hudson Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini. “As this DVD makes clear, George is not only an incredible player, but an enthusiastic and effective educator, who provides a detailed program here that will definitely help drummers of all styles with their command of the drum set. And, of course, metal players will want to grab this DVD as soon as it hits the street, because it is so jam-packed with clear concepts and specific exercises to bring your metal vocabulary, control, and speed to the next level.”
The official trailer for “Intense Metal Drumming II” can be seen below.
Commented Kollias: “This new DVD stands on the same concept as ‘Intense Metal Drumming’ did back in 2008. There is A LOT of educational stuff for beginners and more advanced players, many killer concepts and exercises that will help everyone. The quality of the new DVD is crazy; we used eight video cameras, 26 audio channels and there is a lot of bonus material that everyone will enjoy!”
- 2-Disc Set
- Total running time: 5 hours 14 minutes
- 85-page PDF File included in the discs
- 250 exercises and examples
- 8 camera angles
- 26 audio channels for the drumset
- Multiple songs performance
- Bonus features
- An extensive interview with George
- Backstage videos
- Clinic tour videos
- Gear talk
- Picture gallery
- Directed by Jon Simvonis
- Mixed by Antonis Kontozoglou and George Kollias
- Mastered by Antonis Kontozoglou at 9800 Studios
- Recorded at Soundtrap Studios in Athens, Greece
Kollias is writing and recording a solo album in between drum clinics and touring cycles. The CD, which is primarily set to show off some of George’s craziest metal drumming to date, is being completely written and recorded by George, including the guitars, bass, keys, vocals, and percussion, and it will also feature a DVD of the recording process.