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ON DRUMS: JOHAN BURMAN!
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An Ego Trip!

enkoping_89

Too many drums - too small a drummer...
Live gig in Enkoping, April 1989.
I have this gig on tape, and it reveals a VERY
energized band playing the songs VERY fast...
Those were the days.

CCO Rehearsal 1998

Rehearsing with CCO in 1997 or '98.
Small room - lots of noise.

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For the GRAINS recordings in 1991 I kinda went nuts.
Lots of things to hit equals lots of cool fills don't they..?
8,10,12,13,16 Shiro toms.
22 Shiro bass.
Assorted 14-16 Paiste & Sabian cymbals (& 18 ride!!!)
14 Gretsch snare (I still use that one).
Who said less is more..?

speedlimit1_89

I've never felt very comfortable with the double-bass setup, but if you listen to too much Ingo Schwichtenberg, Tommy Aldridge, Janne Lindh, Lars Ulrich, Cozy Powell and Eric Carr, this is where you end up. I had to go back to the double-bass when I joined Miscreant, but I never used them as much as the others might have wanted. I think Peppe Johansson has given up on me by now, but he'll probably never stop telling me double-bass is GOD. Nice cushion in that left BD...

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I really like this picture, taken by Wiking during a Power Cable Nebraska session in 1999. No particular reason; I just like the way the drums kind of glow. (By the way, the headphones I wear are the most uncomfortable ones I've ever come across).

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Rehearsing with Off Course, 1993.
I was using whatever drums were available - some sounded like shit (early '70s heads probably) and some sounded beautiful. Especially one snare drum, which I tried to buy from the guy who owned it. He turned down my offer. Well, I've got enough snare drums anyway. If that is possible.

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You can't have fun all the time...
Rehearsing with Off Course in Stockholm, 1993.
Why the gloves? It was freezing cold in that loft at Katarina Bangata. Great breakfasts at the nearby cafe, though.

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Recording Orchid's first demo, march 1991.
Me and Carl Andersson left Epitaph early that year to play more groovy R&R. Obviously it didn't work out to our advantage, but that's easy to say ten years on. We did however manage to get six songs recorded, and it didn't take us more than a decade to record four more...

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A great picture of a great bass drum. The old 24x18 Zickos getting the job done recording Chemical's debut album at Hassolsalen, 1997.

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Why do you set up your kit like this?! I guess I didn't use the ride as a RIDE back then either, hence the odd cymbal configuration. The tiny cymbal on the right was given to me by Jacob Stenlund, my first co-conspirator in the music world, back in '85 or '86. I only had a hihat and a snare, so he promptly stole this one from his younger brother and presented it to me. I've still got it, and it still sounds like shit. This shot is from the Epitaph demo sessions in early 1990, and the floor tom with its cute muffling device was recorded through a pair of headphones. It didn't sound too bad, given the circumstances.

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This picture was taken during the recording of Chemical's first album, late 1997. The bass drum is an old '70s Zickos Corporation kick. With its 24 x 18 inches and fibre glass construction, it's just a pure joy to play. I have never heard a bass drum that can produce such a controlled, punchy sound AND sound lovingly boomy. The toms sound really dead, though, so that's why I used Pearl toms to go with it. The snare is a brass Pearl Free Floating, and I'll probably never understand why I used that one. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now. If you have to buy a metal snare, get a real cheap and crank it up real high. That'll do it.

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Me (and Roger's ass) rocking hard at Taj Mahal, 2000.
Batman forever!

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Acrylic drums don't look too good when they're covered in dust and assorted greasy fingerprints... I'm usually too lazy to unscrew every little bolt and screw, but a few weeks ago I actually did just that. It's really boring, and don't do it unless you have a whole day to spend on doing
it.

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At a Miscreant gig in Poland 1994, I happened to stumble upon this 22"x14" bass drum. It was apparantly made in Russia in the '60s, and I tried to convince the guys in the band to let me take it home with me. "No space!" they cried, so I had to leave it behind. Pity.

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