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Heavy Rock Drops

Heavy Rock Drops

Heavy Rock Drops is an explosive album of 20 classic heavy rock drum tracks covering styles from the 1970's up to today. For this hard-hitting beat collection we have used the talents of the UK's leading rock drummer, Jason Bowld ( of Axewound fame. Jason has also drummed for This Is Menace, Bullet For My Valentine, Fightstar, Pitchshifter, Killing Joke and Pop Will Eat Itself.

This heavy rock drum track album covers many of the classic rock bands of the last 40 years. The tracks take reference from Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Janes Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Deftones, Alice in Chains, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stoneage, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Soundgarden, 30 Seconds To Mars, Nirvana and more. The tempos of the tracks range from 70 bpm right up to 189 bpm,. Most are in 4/4, however you can find some other time signatures too, such as 6/8 and 7/8.

The album is available to purchase on a track-by-track basis, or as a complete album. Each track can be purchased in four different formats - drum multi-tracks, mixes and stem packs, drum loop packs and new MP3 practice tracks.

The drum multi-tracks come as full length live multi-tracks and song construction loops. The live multi-tracks include a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide patches for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live and the audio comes as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-track Song Loops are locked to the beat and cut into song structures such as Intro, verse, chorus, middle 8, bridge and Outro.

The Stems and mix packs which have all the separate drum mics as separate stems come as full length 24 bit WAVs and these also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the locked to the beat song construction loops (but mixed versions).

The loop packs contain live 4 bar stem loops in each component stem and a folder of grooves and fills which are 2 bar loops locked to the beat. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit WAVs, Apple Loops (24 bit and 16 bit) and Rex 2 Files.

The new practice tracks format provides each drum track as a full length 44.1kHz 320 kbps MP3. All the MP3s come with a count in at the head of the MP3 making these ideal for jamming along to.

Heavy Rock Drops was recorded at The Garden Studios in Shoreditch, East London which recently shut its doors after 25 years. The studio’s live room defies all acoustic rhyme and reason but creates an explosive drum rock sound. Since the late 1970s The Garden served the likes of The The, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Goldfrapp and many more high profile artists. All of the mixes and drum stems were mixed in The Engine Room, an incredible sounding mixing studio in South London.

This album would not be complete without the production and engineering skills of Martyn 'Ginge' Ford who has worked with Bullet For My Valentine and other leading rock and metal names such as As I Lay Dying and Trivium. Ginge recorded, mixed and produced this fantastic album.

Heavy Rock Drops was recorded through a vintage Neve 8026 console onto a 16 track 2" Studer A80 tape machine with a selection of great vintage microphones from Coles, Neumann, AKG and many more. The kit used was a Mapex Saturn kit with three different snares and a range of cymbals. This is the ultimate heavy rock drum tracks album that can be used by songwriters, musicians, producers and engineers.

If you wish to purchase the single hit samples of this kit then head over to our Drum Samples section and check out the Mapex Saturn Heavy Rock Kit. These are the sample packs which were recorded during this session.


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Title Description Genre
6/8 for the 21st Century though equally useful for steady Blues rock. Tribal, and snare marching grooves are also conveyed in 6/8. Making the most of this misleadingly powerful time signature is the name of the game here. Starting with an almost lazy, Blues feel, the grooving intensifies with more kick drums and open hi-hats - the latter of which become part of a tug-of-war cross rhythm with the main groove. This feel is continued onto the ride cymbal and then the feel darkens to a spacious tribal groove which exudes melody. A snare marching 6/8 feel provides the perfect requisite for this composition. Heavy Rock , Rock 189 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Hi-speed Rock with blistering snare rolls and breakdowns a plenty. Sounds like 'Monkey Wrench' with a Metallic edge. A straight no-nonsense Rock groove kicks off this compostion and develops into occasional half-time grunge rock grooving - a worthy, fat accompaniment for this style. Trademark flam and ruff fills are present here and a twelve bar snare crescendo should provide enough juice for your builds and fills to last a lifetime. Track reference Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance. Heavy Rock , Rock 173 M S L P Info Save Favourite
7/8 Bonham progged up but with a hybrid Nine inch Nails, Soundgarden feel. Keeping a steady 7/8 meter throughout, the grooving here is dealt with a subtle power and is coloured with varied hi-hat, ride and crash patterns. With a 7/8 snare marching groove and industrial tribal finale enough is provided to satisfy any prog urges. Track reference Soundgarden, Nine inch Nails Heavy Rock , Rock 165 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Intense Swing grooving with Rage / Queens of the Stone Age drum filling and feel. The half time section adds even more depth. Urgency is conveyed throughout in this intense compostion. Taken to the edge of swing, a variety of two bar grooves are played which include detailed snare dynamics - ghosts and accents. Some blistering rolls are played to provide transitions and at the end, a halftime swung groove is played that Rage Against the Machine would be proud of. Track reference Queens of the Stone Age, My Chemical Romance Heavy Rock , Rock 160 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Pounding Rock 'n' roll grooving suitable for any uptempo Rock riff. The power of Dave Grohl with dynamic sensibilities. The emphasis in this compostion is the push on the kick drum which is so often favoured in rock due to its punchy feel. The opening two-bar groove provides a great foundation for a rock tune here and with all cymbal riding possibilities covered, is dynamic enough to convey a range of feels. There is also a halftime groove section for a breakdown vibe - or is it?! Track reference Foo Fighters, Paramore Heavy Rock , Rock 155 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Straight Rocking grooves with a Grunge finale. General riding on hats, ride and crash is present with a traditional rock breakdown. Straight two bar grooving progresses from the hi-hats to the ride to the crash to provide definitive song parts. At the midpoint the snare takes on a more active role then forms the basis for a dotted quarter-note feel groove. The finale see's the kick drum bounce with syncopation and a drum solo of fills being played. Track Reference Nirvana, Kings of Leon. Heavy Rock , Rock 140 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Rock played with urgency with more emphasis on the kick. A slightly dancy feel with grungy snare offbeats played in the finale. The opening hypnotic groove is the basis for this composition. The kick drum conveys a snappy, syncopated feel whilst the snare backbeat remains steady until the finale where it unleashes syncopated power. Track reference Foo Fighters, Incubus Heavy Rock , Rock 140 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Think 'Dancing in the moonlight' meets Green Day. A modern twist on a Rock swing with well articulated snare dynamics throughout. A four bar, snare-roll crescendo opens proceedings into the ultimate swing rock groove. This journeys alongside shuffled hi-hat and ride patterns and simple stomping 4/4 grooves that are occasionally joined with some aggressive filling. To complete the picture a swung, snare-march groove is included. Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy references. Heavy Rock , Rock 138 M S L P Info Save Favourite
4/4 Bonhamesque shuffle with a steady kick pattern. A tribute to 'Fool in the rain' with varying kick patterns and a beautiful shuffle feel conveyed throughout. This composition oozes feel thanks to the detailed ghost notes played on the snare. These do not get in the way of the rock steady back beat that is played throughout and the kick drum pattern offers enough variation to inspire varied composing. Shuffled hi-hat and ride patterns further enhance this composition. Heavy Rock , Rock 138 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Traditional, Heavy Rock beats with groovy kick drum patterns.The space allows the drums to sound larger than life and create a style that is reminiscent of The Police crossed with Jimmy eat World. The kick drum pattern throughout literally screams riffs at you because of its casual grooviness. This helps stage a great 'in the pocket' feel and the inclusion of that favoured 4/4 rock feel brings to the table a Rock groove kit fit for any 21st century composer. Heavy Rock , Rock 130 M S L P Info Save Favourite

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